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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; Fourth Printing edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933633255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933633251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Poet and blogger Lin's debut novel uneasily documents the life of Andrew, a recent college graduate working at Domino's Pizza while over-analyzing every aspect of his life: past, present and futureless. He drives through the suburbs reminiscing about college life in New York and his ex-girlfriend, stopping occasionally to express his boredom to his best friend Steve. When at one point, Andrew states that he wants to "wreak complex and profound havoc" upon capitalist establishments such as McDonald's, it feels like Lin is attempting the same kind of attack on organized art. The novel, while short on plot, makes abrupt shifts in setting and point of view, and is pierced throughout by celebrity cameos and surreal touches: bears, dolphins (who say "Eeeee Eee Eeee" to express emotion, in spite of their ability to speak like humans), Salman Rushdie, and the president make grandiose declarations that are heavily saturated with the same sardonic wit displayed by Andrew and his friends. The novel dips dangerously into metafiction, with Andrew in the middle of "writing a book of stories about people who are doomed." The characters' repetitive thoughts and conversations become strangely hypnotic, however, and Lin's sympathetic fascination with the meaning of life is full of profound and often hilarious insights.
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From the Back Cover

Confused yet intelligent animals attempt to interact with confused yet intelligent humans, resulting in the death of Elijah Wood, Salman Rushdie, and Wong Kar-Wai; the destruction of a Domino's Pizza delivery car in Orlando; and a vegan dinner at a sushi restaurant in Manhattan attended by a dolphin, a bear, a moose, an alien, three humans, and the President of the United States of America, who lectures on the arbitrary nature of consciousness, truth, and the universe before getting drunk and playing poker.

More About the Author

Tao Lin (b. 1983) is the author of three novels--Taipei (2013), Richard Yates (2010), and Eeeee Eee Eeee (2007)--a novella, Shoplifting from American Apparel (2009), a story collection, Bed (2007), and two poetry collections: cognitive-behavioral therapy (2008), you are a little bit happier than i am (2006). His writing has been published by Granta, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, New York Observer, Poetry Foundation, Vice, Noon, Mississippi Review, and other venues. He edits Muumuu House, a literary publisher, and teaches a class called The Contemporary Short Story in Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program. (Photo by Noah Kalina.)

Customer Reviews

There's no real beginning, middle, end, or plot, for that matter.
Billie J Copas
I know they don't make things like they used to, but this one is good for the long haul.
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I received this book in the mail yesterday and read it in one sitting.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Aziraphael on November 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Sometimes when dolphins went to playgrounds alone they did the monkeybars and went to the swings and on the swings thought, "I hate this stupid world."

They thought, "I hate it."

They cried a little with the wind against their face.
They felt so bad that they went away.

And found Elijah Wood and told Elijah Wood to go with them and Elijah Wood went--because he thought it was a movie. Elijah Wood and other celebrities like Salman Rushdie rode dolphins in rivers. Salman Rushdie felt proud and famous. And the dolphins swam to islands and beat Elijah Wood and the other famous people with heavy branches. They cried when they murdered human beings, and it was terrible.

One dolphin had a battle axe and killed Wong Kar-Wai."

That's an excerpt from Tao Lin's new book Eeeee Eee Eeee. I'm pretty sure the book doesn't mean anything which is why you should read it. It's about post-ironic boredom and laziness and saying things like "I don't know how to have fun" all the time.

If you care the book is kind of like if Holden Caulfield wrote an autobiography in the middle of a Hunter S. Thompson freakout. It is very "Kafka-esque" which is a phrase that annoys the hell out of my friend Rachel, and rightfully so because it's a dumb thing to say.

Go pick it up and read it and hate it (probably), but read it. It will change nothing about you but it will make you think about bears teleporting and throwing blankets on top of moose(s), which is so much better than most things.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By suburban sig on April 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Andrew just graduated college. He has no job, no friends, and no funds. He moves from New York City back to his parents' house in Florida and gets a job as a delivery guy for Domino's Pizza. After a socially awkward experience of bringing some pizzas and his coworker Joanna to her house, Andrew is approached by a bear who leads him down a secret passageway under a patch of grass to an underground world in which bears coexist with moose, dolphins, hamsters, and aliens.

Enter the literary world of Tao Lin's Eeeee Eee Eeee: self-conscious, surreal, and ambivalently nihilistic. The novel is at the same time heartbreaking and hilarious. Tao Lin's bleak and syntactically direct style undermines the notion of an overt social commentary, but the novel is chalk-full of it. The main character Andrew is lonely, spends a lot of his time isolated, and pretty much ponders the absurdity of everything. Eeeee Eee Eeee alludes to the absurdity of social etiquette, commercialism, unity, separateness, Modern thought, Post-modern thought, other binary philosophies, and even meaning itself.

Take for example when Andrew meets the President of the United States, who is really just a bored alien in need of a goal. The president concludes that life is meaningless, but then questions "If life was really meaningless you wouldn't worry about things." Andrew worries about a lot of things: why his internet girlfriend Sara never comes to visit him even though she promised, why people confuse his jokes for complaining, why the bear never finishes the novel he is writing, and why the dolphin he is talking to murders Elijah Wood and then "drags Elijah's corpse into a cave and then sits on it."

Truly, Tao Lin accurately depicts the mind of the socially isolated with his subject Andrew.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By P. K. Almond on April 14, 2007
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Although Tao Lin has been consecutively strong in all of his books so far, I think EEEEE EEE EEEE is his best. The book not only confronts the indifference of the universe but sarcastically laughs in its face. The book has a lot of dolphins and bears trying to cope with life's disappointments such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Elijah Wood, and the DaVinci Code. The DaVinci Code isn't actually mentioned in the books as the other things are but if it were a moose would probably look at it and then scream in agony before running in front of a subway train. I recommend this book for all ages. I first read it with my kids and they both liked it and often beg for me to read chapters of it to them before they go to sleep.
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I got this book in the mail in the summer. I read it on the couch. I only got up once, to pee and make and eat a salad. I enjoyed reading the book. It was funny and irreverent. Reading Eeeee Eee Eeee felt like talking to someone who was nice and wouldn't judge me. I felt like the things that made the main character feel certain ways had made me feel the same ways in the past. It helped me understand my situation in the world a little bit. After I read it I rode my bike past a coffee shop where people that go to art school hang out. I felt good. I would suggest this book to people that like Ann Beattie's first two books, Lorrie Moore, Joy Williams or Miranda July.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. J. TAYLOR on October 22, 2014
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Though this is even less of a novel than the author’s Richard Yates, I like Eeeee better. It’s less of a novel because while both are basically plotless, the Yates novel does involve character change—though for the worse—by the novel’s end. Eeeee, on the other hand, is an extended yelp of anguish. Example: When confronted with his poetry’s meaning, Lin’s protagonist, Andrew, replies to his creative writing class, “It’s just how I feel.” Likewise, much of Eeeee conveys just how Andrew “feels.” And his feeling sways between boredom and the desire for a “killing rampage.” But swaying between those emotions also involve a good deal of humor and insight. Late in the novel Andrew and friends decide to “network” with the President at a sushi bar. “Listen to me, since I’m the ruler. You chose me. People need to process what I say. I’m the—I’m the [censored, evidently, f***ing] president.” This bald, goofball statement is followed immediately by, “Patriotism is the belief that all human lives are not worth the same. . . . Patriotism and everything else like language denies the oneness. . . .” Eeeee is filled with such pithy observations. And while the Yates novel used an insistent droning repetition to convey boredom, Eeeee spreads phrases and images over pages and chapters in a more effective (because it’s a more decaying) manner. For instance, a Stevie Smith poem, “Not Waving, [but drowning]” returns pages later as “drowning,” and a chapter afterward as “not waving.”

Though Tao Lin’s writing can still turn bothersome with its insistence on edgy, angular emotion, Eeeee is rewarding for its humor and its occasional pearls.
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