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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493679880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493679881
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Libertarian, Objectivist, Transcendentalist, really tall. The character of Bill Metson in The Apathetic was inspired by Isaac “Ike” Marsh, a veteran of the Iraq War. I interviewed Ike and the story I wrote about him was published on the front page of the July 2006 issue of The North Star Monthly, located in Danville, Vermont. Various short stories and news stories I have written have been published in other papers in Vermont, including the Barton Chronicle in Barton, the Caledonian-Record in St. Johnsbury, and the Journal Opinion in Bradford. I won the Journalism Award in both high school at St. Johnsbury Academy, and at my undergrad school, Lyndon State College. I am currently completing my thesis for my English Master’s, with an American Literature concentration, at Montclair State University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eli M Levy on October 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Upon reading the first 3 words of this book, Bill and Ted teleported into my room with the cliffnotes of being awesome. Inside they wrote about things such as drinking coke, wearing shirts with wolves, curing cancer and performing karate kicks. They tried to dissuade me from delving deeper into the riches the author had portrayed within his creation. I read the 4th word and Slash suddenly appeared and performed a guitar solo as my eyes peered towards the 5th word. OH MY GOD. A dinosaur with lasers shot Bill and Ted and told them not to bogart the awesome. The rest of the book was mindblowing.
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We have all seen the movies "The Deer Hunter", "First Blood" and "Born on the Fourth of July": and while they are all great movies about veterans coming home from deployment and learning how to deal with the adjustment back to "normal" life, they all seem to miss the mark when it comes to reality. The Apathetic, on the the other hand does a wonderful job of telling a realist, yet still compelling story of a man returning home after having his sense of normalcy flipped on it's head.

The main character, Bill Metson goes through an extremely damaging emotional trauma while serving the U.S. military in Baghdad, and is only able to cope by, in effect, switching off his humanity. While this is all well and good out on missions in an enemy infested desert, it really doesn't lend well to his return to American society.

Mr. Eliassen brings his character back to a small quite town in Vermont and thrusts him into a difficult family dynamic, a rekindling of a friendship and a budding romance. To make any of these situations workable or even bearable Bill must learn to reconnect with his emotions. He doesn't do it by playing russian roulette, going on a rampage in the forrest, or growing extremely silly mustache. Instead, Eliassen has his character evolve through real life experiences and relationships.

Eliassen's writing captivates you right from the start, and doesn't let you down throughout the entirety of the story. He is able to capture the feeling of both wartime in Iraq and the diametrically opposed "peace" of a small town in Vermont. His characters are developed to the point, that I feel I've known some of them in my own life. This book is very accessible for anyone who has ever known a veteran or spent any time in small town America.

I only put this book down to enter the delivery room for my first born child, but picked it up right afterward. Great book, great author, and a great way to spend under $2.
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