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The Laughter of Strangers Paperback – October 20, 2013
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-Jason Diamond, Flavorwire
"The bare-bones prose within The Laughter of Strangers is heartbreaking, bleak, and stays with you long after finishing the book. This one should not be ignored."
-Frank Bill, author of Donnybrook
"Seidlinger does odd and marvelous things in making abstract aspects of identity concrete at the same time that he makes concrete aspects of identity abstract."
-David Atkinson, The Coffin Factory
"Seidlinger's stripped down prose resembles a boxer that possesses both graceful footwork and devastating power: it's rough and fast, but given to bursts of eloquence, humor, and philosophy."
-Gabino Iglesias, Bookslut
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While identity is a feature set aside for others to differentiate, ego and self-esteem are internal machines to determine identity; the protagonist’s main struggle in the book is discovering the “true” Willem Floures through rigorous tests of both. Is it Sugar, Black Mamba, or Executioner? Seidlinger takes readers on an existentially vagrant journey through the stages of Floures’s life, using boxing matches as vibrant reveries of combat against actions and behaviors of past and present.
His prose is clean and concise and he wastes no breath in getting the story across, in passages such as “Looking back all I hear is laughter. All I see is white. All I taste is the ache of my bleeding mouth, tongue numb, my eyes wanting so very much to roll back, have a look at the inside of my broken skull.”
There are no extraneous details or descriptions to bore you out of your mind—no—merely conflict in the mind of a character on the path towards self-discovery, categorization, and personal revelation. If you’re looking for a read with a broad degree of settings and action, you will miss out a bit, but Seidlinger makes up for it with honest characters, ones that blend together likes the rounds do for a fighter.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a novel written for the masses. Starts as an existential boxing story and swerves into Beckettian territory midway through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Benoit Lelievre
The Laughter of Strangers, written by Michael J. Seidlinger, is a tough book that zips, stings, and burns. The prose floats like a butterfly but the content stings like a bee. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Phoenix
This book is so much more than a boxing novel. In some ways, it's more than a "novel" regardless of genre. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael A. Rose
A novel just as much about boxing, as society, media, mental illness and the darkest aspects of the human psyche. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bud Smith
This was a unique book, not at all what anyone would expect from the content. It has just enough experimental stream of consciousness to keep the reader in the protagonist's... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris Custer
This is quite easily the best contemporary novel I've read all year. It's my first book by Seidlinger and so I didn't know what to expect. Read morePublished 24 months ago by E. Siqueiros
Reading The Laughter of Strangers was an entirely unique experience. The pacing and style of the prose had the effect of suspending my comprehension of time each time I sat down to... Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Cory MacDonald
This one is a knockout punch to the brain. It's a novel about a boxer who fights alternative versions of himself in order to stay relevant, and simultaneously an extended... Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Kyle Muntz
Seidlinger has an impressive and thorough understanding of boxing and human nature. This is a great story and a really well constructed novel. I recommend it highly.Published on January 2, 2014 by Adam Robinson