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Like a terse American Psycho, this first novel from British writer and actor Glynn suffers from familiarity even as the voice of the narrator, Peter Crumb, fascinates. Believing he will kill himself in a week, Crumb decides to succumb to his id and do whatever he pleases—and killing people is near the top of his list, along with making witty social observations. His particular mental illnessrequires him to have conversations with a crueler version of himself while butchering London neighbors, misusing prostitutes and making the Marquis de Sade's most ferocious work look like part of the Nancy Drew series. Crumb's monumental appetite for carnage and self-examination drives what there is of a plot. While the reader definitely believes in Crumb, the problem is that in an age of reality shows and slasher movies even the worst degradations have lost their power to shock. Glynn's visceral prose convinces, but the sell-by date on this novel passed long ago. (Jan.)
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“The Seven Days of Peter Crumb, a chronicle of the final week in a psychopath’s life by the British actor and writer Jonny Glynn, is gruesome, obscene and utterly disturbing. It is also absorbing and well written....I was transfixed.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Savage, stylish...beautifully designed.” (Metro London)

“The devil in Glynn’s details begs to be read.” (Dazed & Confused (UK))
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; First U.S. Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061351482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061351488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,907,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken Bevan on March 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you didn't know better, you would think this book were written by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, Choke & Rant. It is very in your face, with a lot of gross out scenes and twisted dark humor. If you like the above books, this is right up your alley.

Peter Crumb, a seemingly moral British man, has a voice in his head that tells him to engage in insanely immorale acts. Crumb's split personality is with him 24/7 and at first, they constantly argue over everything.

The voice refered to as "him" is highly disturbed and he is right right there with Peter in his head throughout the story. The internal conflicts almost always end in the killer getting his way. Bloody murders and rapes are "his" favorite past-times and "he" becomes a terrible influence on Crumb.

The reason for the title is that this split personality plans on killing its host body at the end of seven days.

Glynn's storytelling is superb. My only real critiques fall in super long paragraphing in places and in that the end is a little abrupt. Oterwise, this is a great quick read for people who like horrific content with a touch of gross-out humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristy Caley on February 22, 2010
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The erosion of the mind into a moralless heap. You have to wonder what in Johnny Glynn's youth brought out these disturbing thoughts. Vivid detail draws a type of panic not just for the victims but for our protagonist(s) as well, because Peter Crumb is more than just one psyche, he is chaos.
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Format: Paperback
read the book,

"The seven days of Peter crumb"

The book really brings the issue into perspective from someone with multi-personalities and psychosis..

The thing about this book is that it is able to give a mysterious Edgar Allan Poe feel to it that gives a the speaker a vindicated reason of being perverse.

A lot of what Peter Crumb (protagonist) does in the book is Perverse but his reasoning is given, although it is unjustifiable .... it still is a reason even thought Peter is delusional...

Read this book, it is interesting if you are a Chuck Palanuik fan...
It has the same grotesque descriptions..
the same unfamiliar and insane instances..
the fear and horror like Edgar Allan Poe's tales...

and brings you to look at a different perspective.

Because the narrator does not limit what he tells the readers, he seems to be honest and really does give out a lot of information so you can bring things into your own perspectives.... The story doesn't limit or control interpretations like Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

Just give it a try. It's a new British author, you might like it. Its a crazy story.
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Format: Kindle Edition
They don't do crazy like they did in the good old days. Chalk it up to personal preference, if you must; but insanity in the modern age isn't really all that far from normal-- I might even go so far as to say it IS normal-- so where's the fun in that? Transgressing in a world inured to transgressions, where anything goes-- how boring! The effect works much better when there's actually a marked difference between what the supposed transgressor is expressing and the mores of society at large. High-toned morality would have been more of a shock to encounter in a contemporary book than the psychopathy demonstrated by Peter Crumb. Rarer, too.

Oh, I suppose the book is okay. And the phrase "the guilty man that God forgot" does have a nice ring to it.
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