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Apathy and Other Small Victories Paperback – June 26, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Because the book is weird. Aggressively. It follows a slacker named Shane, a guy who has so little motivation that it's a wonder he isn't homeless. Through Shane, the book attempts to satirize life with a series of nihilistic observations about corporate culture, political correctness, sex, and general ennui. The observations have been called "genius" or "brilliant" by more than one reviewer, but this is stretching it way too far, if for no other reason than because the book is incredibly disingenuous about what it is about.
Shane is meant to be a totem of contemporary aimlessness. He does no work at his job, spending most of his time sleeping on the toilet. He makes absolutely no attempt to develop or nurture any of his relationships, whether it's with his landlord, his landlord's wife (with whom he is sleeping in lieu of paying rent), his coworkers, or his inexplicably violent excuse for a girlfriend. He has no reason for his malaise; he's just a lazy jerk. End of story.Read more ›
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