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Apathy and Other Small Victories Paperback – June 26, 2007
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It's a difficult book to describe but an easy one to read and enjoy.
I compulsively read sections of it out loud to anyone who will listen.
I also highly encouraged a crowded room of librarians to buy it and read it out loud to their patrons.
Oh my goodness the story is not perfect- duh - it's not supposed to be. We don't get completely developed characters -duh - we are not supposed to. We don't know why Shane has hit this point in his life- get real...we aren't supposed to. What happened to symbolism and thought and stretching our minds? We are supposed to absorb the prose and imagine and work through and enjoy this.
Wow- when was the last time we read something, not for the story, but just for the words? Not to skim for the action but to sip on each sentence like a fine wine? No, not Salinger but maybe Salinger mixed with a bit of ourselves.
Critics go back to your bestsellers---I prefer something that makes me think AND laugh.
However, the parts in this book that are funny are really THAT funny and worth both the read and the cover price. The birthday scene was absolutely hilarious. I can't wait to share that part with others.
I'd really give this book 3.5 stars. Three isn't giving it enough credit, while four is too much. I really enjoyed the book overall, especially the first half, and I think it is a great debut. I will definitely pick up the author's next book based on this one and I recommend it to anyone that, like the jacket says, liked Office Space.
Eventually, the books turns into an apathetic Noir-style story, which is even more enjoyable than the first hundred pages or so.
If you're a fan of the brash writing of Chuck Palahniuk or the witty style of David Sedaris, this book is probably right up your alley.
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