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"A phenomenal achievement." - Mike Daily, author of Alarm and Valley

"If you read just one book this year, let it be Sam Pink's Person." - Electric Literature

"It made me laugh and my hair stand on end." - HTML Giant

"Sam Pink is dictator of the island of the bizarre." - As You Recognize Your Transience

"...there's a troubling build-up of rage and self-destructive desire that makes Person incredibly unsettling. In other words, he's a great example of why I carry Mace. - The Fanzine

"It's a compulsive page-turner [...] There's something infectious, I think, about the honesty of the book, in how it relates the sometimes unflattering aspects of what goes on in a person's daily life." - The Faster Times

"A meditation on dissatisfaction, desperation, and loneliness...the sort of work that burrows into you and roots down." - Housefire

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Pink is the author of The No Hellos Diet, Hurt Others, I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It, Frowns Need Friends Too, and the cult hit Person. His writing has been published widely in print and on the internet, and also in other languages. He lives in Chicago, where he plays in the band Depressed Woman.

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This book is good. I liked it.

I don't know what else to say that hasn't been said about this great book.

How about: It's like Steven Wright wrote The Stranger. Or how about: It's like Albert Camus wrote Napoleon Dynamite.

That's not right. I just said that so you'd know I read books and would sound smart. That's not fair to you or Sam Pink.

The plain truth is that this is a really, really good book. He has written a bizarro novel that doesn't resort to using ninjas, zombies or any of that to tell a truly odd story. He is able to find the bizarre in everyday life. He is able to express how weird mundane experiences can be.

This book is seriously funny. I actually laughed really hard when I read it and people who know me know that I don't LOL. Ever.

Also, it manages to be kind of dark and depressing. But not in a whiny sort of way. Honestly, I don't know how to describe this book properly. Just buy it. It's only like seven bucks. Just buy it. If you don't have seven dollars you need to quit messing around on the internet and get a job.

I'm sorry I said that. Just buy this book.
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I believe Person to be like a giant poem devoted to a god that no one cares about anymore. I believe this god lives in a hole in Texas. He comes out every two weeks to buy Chex Mix from a local super market. This god told me at the mall that he loved Person very much.

I believed him and read it.

I believe it to be a good libation to a god.
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This is my second Sam Pink book. I won't try to poorly mimic his writing style like so many fanboy reviews on here have done. I'll leave the author's voice to be his own.

On one hand, moment-to-moment you're hard-pressed to find a better writer who, as everyone else has noted, captures those fleeting thoughts everyone has but has never recorded. He's got some great moments and perspectives.

That said, I couldn't tell the difference between Person and Rontel. Both involved a depressed, witty guy wandering Chicago and were written in the same exact style. I get that there's something unique about a story that goes nowhere beyond a character's head and I enjoy his style, but two stories that go nowhere? I got to the point where I was struggling to justify turning the page because I knew it wasn't going anywhere.

I'd like to see this author push himself more. Apparently this is how he actually talks and thinks, but many readers seem to mistake that for brilliance when I see it as taking the easy way out by stringing together a bunch of unrelated observations for enough pages to justify publishing. That's a lot easier than creating multidimensional characters and action that rises and falls and pays off in some way.

But, maybe that would ruin what makes this great writer stand out from the crowd. At its core, I think the people who relate most to these stories have a rather nihilistic view of the world and these stories echo it. I think the world is great and am driven to do things with my time here, which immediately would make me a target of scorn in one of his books, but his character(s) don't strike me as being above it all. They just seem kinda boring and I don't think they have to be.
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Reading Person was a transformative or transitory experience. It took me far, far away from my daily life to a very different world without all the feel-good, "everything is ok" trappings of my daily life. This place where Person exists is real, and absurd but deadly serious.

The book moves with an easy-to-follow immediacy and includes enough physical description to keep the characters grounded in reality without alienating the reader with excess. Since nothing is made to look unusual, everything is familiar and this draws the reader in.

The Person is definitely a strange guy but his strangeness is so clearly committed to the page that its hard not to relate to him. Strong thoughts, reactions or opinions spring from deep within, but sometimes doubt is immediately on its heels. He is moved to real, genuine emotion by an unexpected experience with a sandwich. He comes to competent life when some manageable, necessary task arises. And interpersonal relationships become complex, intense worlds unto themselves. All this is to say, he's extremely real.

Ultimately I found the book succeeded in making me extremely uncomfortable when I realized it wasn't that different or far from my experience at all. If I cleared all the clutter out of my head... the job, the rent, the neighbor's annoying dog, and the TV...I would find Person lying there underneath.
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My girlfriend gave me this book and I almost didn't read it. I'd never heard of Sam Pink and the internet offers so little about him I didn't think he was a real person. I'm still not sure about that, but the book is radical. There were several parts that had me laughing out loud, literally, on a subway. And he hits you with one-liners of truth constantly that leave you saying to yourself "i've thought that a million times i just never put it into words".
it follows a dude around chicago and everything is gritty. hilarious and gritty. the book is short. the sentences are really short. the entertainment is constant. definitely something to read.
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