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2030 with the rising tide of unrest among the younger population.his mother is being kept alive on a life-preserving invention ofthe future at government expense and attempting to balance that by Albert Brooks At times, the book gives one pause with its fi ctional predic- (Nee: Einstein) tions in that the prognostications don’t seem to be so very far (St. Martin’s Press, NY, 375 of pgs) fetched today. Th e author is one and the same comedian, actor, writer and Th is novel is a suppositional novel based on the author’s pre- director whose name you recognize. Th is is his debut novel and it dictions of what America will be like in 2030. It predicts a cha- is comedic in some places and somewhat serious in others. otic health system, an earthquake on the San Andreas fault which destroys Los Angeles, development of the internet to the point Th is reviewer was attracted to where one can get a diagnosis from one’s doctor by talking to one’s the book by a favorable New York computer-refrigerator in the kitchen, etc. Times book review and it is recom- mended to you with trepidation. If One of the more humorous anecdotes of the book describes you are of the younger population, a character who awakes in the middle of the night with what he please leave your reviewer to his ag- thinks is a heart attack. He goes to his refrigerator and punches in ing reverie and social security. the numbers and the voice from the refrigerator tells him to jump up and down 8 times, whereupon he belches loudly and the refrigerator It can be purchased from most tells him to go back to bed. book stores for the sum of $25.99 in 2012 dollars. In 2030 dollars, that Of course, all or most of the 2030 automobiles are electric, but price would probably be $100.00.G one of the most disturbing portions of Mr. Brooks’ predictions is one Contributor Robert R. Kracke that aff ects this reviewer: Brooks predicts that because of the cure in the future, life will be pro- Years of Experience...longed to over 100 years and the of many diseases, such as cancer, younger population in America will resent the olders. Th e olders A Wealth of Trust! are perceived as “takers” of social security, etc., to the point that For over 90 years, Levy’s has the young people begin con- assisted attorneys, bankers templating and carrying out and individuals in the the deaths of the older popu- appraisal, liquidation and lation, such as young terrorists purchasing of estate jewelry. bombing the headquarters of Turn to the jeweler you can the AARP and invading a re- trust. tirement cruise ship. Call Todd Denaburg or Jared Nadler He also predicts the 205.251.3381 ultimate economic ruin of America to the point that 2116 2nd Avenue North • Downtown Birmingham it must rely on foreign aid from other countries. Th e fi rst half Jewish president, named Bernstein, at- levysfinejewelry.com tempts to govern from a Attorneys • Bank Trust • Accountants • Families diffi cult position wherein Professional...Experienced...Confidential Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2012 17


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