Happiness Is A Commodity Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2470 KB
- Publication date : November 28, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 91 pages
- Publisher : Pricks Like Thorn Media (November 28, 2016)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B01N7CBWHY
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,468 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The narrator is very long-winded, and it's bad enough to nearly put me off the story, but the author provides just enough tidbits about a conspiracy to keep me hooked. While some might describe this novella as psychological horror, I could have a freaking field day with the sociological aspects of Jerry's experiences. The parallels to real-life are just too damn accurate for my comfort.
As if Jerry's end revelation isn't jarring enough, the author's note really laid me out. Especially with mental health being such a huge growing concern, no longer being a subject discussed in hushed tones behind closed doors.
As per the author's request (at the end of the note):
*EVERY MOMENT WITH MY SON
*EVERY WAG OF MY DOG'S TAIL
And I have no idea what I just read. Happiness is a Commodity is one of those books you just have to read for yourself. I can’t even fully describe it. The author might be using this book as a metaphor to address the social ills of the world we live in, as depicted through the main character of the story. Or it may be something completely different.
It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s brilliantly written. I have been a fan of the author for a while now, but this book sort of leaves me speechless. It was that good…and I don’t know why. You really just need to read it. And make sure to read the Author’s Notes at the end. It sort of wraps it all up for you.
Very Highly Recommended
5 of 5 Stars
Oh, and as requested by the Author…
• My God and My Family
HAPPINESS IS A COMMODITY, by The Behrg, is what I found to be a profoundly deep, original, way of thinking about the condition of depression. He has a writing style that I find unique in just about everything I've read by him. The Behrg's short tale "The Girl Who Couldn't Come Up With An Original Title", also dealt with depression--or a lack of "happiness" as a theme, but this story comes at it from another angle altogether.
In a society where people are no longer able to feel "Happiness" without a government-issued "punch" ticket--where they are able to get a puncture through the arm that triggers the emotion of Happiness for a twenty-minute interval--the people are more of robotic shells.
The exception, of course, being the government elite.
A man named Jerry Atkins types a "blog" of sorts, entitled "The modern ramblings of a "Jerry-atric", in which he ruminates on the state of the world--for everyday workers, such as himself, in the aftermath of the new "lack of" natural emotions. Right from the start, you realize that this isn't written like any old book. The creativity of this approach really worked for me, and made me feel as though I were a part of the society Jerry is detailing. His feelings come through with such raw emotion, it really seemed more like being privy to someone's innermost thoughts, than of reading a novel.
In one account, our narrator states: ". . . It's insane that a little flip of the switch upstairs prevents us from not only being able to feel, but being able to care . . . to recognize that something living requires attention on our part in order to remain in that state . . . "
Through these entries, the world as we know it begins to take on new dimensions. Things that we take for granted every day no longer exist. As Jerry muses about his very reason for being, he begins to question the society that he now belongs to.
"What if happiness is more than what society wills it to be? . . . a cage, one we willingly crawl into . . . What if we are our own captors?"
This round-about approach to depression--theoretically through the lack of being able to attain "Happiness"--got my mind wondering just what it is that makes us truly happy. Is the absence of this what causes depression, or is it something more intangible, something mere words and possessions are only on the fringe of?
For Jerry: ". . . I only exist; there is no feel."
Whereas the small elite stand on another level of consciousness altogether.
". . . They feed off our misery. Our empty lives are what fill them with joy."
In an afterward by the author, he comments so unabashedly about the concept of depression, and how it can effect everyone around you. Each gesture or word from another has the power to ease its pain, or enlarge it. He questions what "happiness" means to each of us, or what we feel it should mean. Tackling a sensitive subject such as this in the form of this one individual's blog entries enables these thoughts to worm their way into your head before you even notice they're there.
Which is precisely what is meant to happen.
". . . Only when you reach THE END can you contemplate what comes after . . . If we but turn away from the pasts we have chained ourselves to."
Another astonishing genre-breaking novel from an author that is consistently blending his stories into multiple areas of classification. I enjoy being challenged to think "outside the box", and The Behrg excels at writing tales that push you to do just that--all within a fun and different framework.
One of my favorite comments that Jerry Atkins left his readers to think about was: ". . . No one ever chooses gray as their favorite color."
A simple statement, that somehow speaks volumes about the message in this book.
What is "Happiness" to you? What lengths would you be willing to go to find and capture it?