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The Apathetic Paperback – November 19, 2013
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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.
Top customer reviews
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.