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- Print Length: 138 pages
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- Publication Date: February 11, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079RCHDM1
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“He Digs a Hole” is heartbreaking. And funny, and fourth wall-breaking in the most unabashedly absurd but consistently fun way. I’m tempted to say it’s like a joke that eventually gets funny, but that sells it short.
In one of his earlier books I remember some instances of juvenile humor because they just kind of annoyed me. There’s a bit of that in this book too, and initially I figured Danger Slater just can’t help himself. And maybe he can’t, however in finishing the book, and looking at it as a whole, I can’t say it’s a problem. It actually fits into the story in a weird way.
I mentioned it’s a heartbreaking story. It might not read like that because of the weirdness and humor, but this had to be a difficult story to put on the page. There are insecurities we like to try to hide and are probably not as effective as we hope. Not always, at least. They sometimes scream out, “Yeah, me too! Cut off your hands and dig a hole!”
It’s also a mad, wild bizarro trip – vivid and fantastic, absurd but emotionally rooted in reality. If you don’t see even a tiny piece of yourself in this story, you’re not human. And if you don’t recognize that we sometimes fall short, act inappropriately, and say things that are unfunny, that’s simply dishonest.
Or you just don’t get it.
I know bizarro isn’t for everyone, but “He Digs a Hole” is such a sharp look at relationships, I can’t imagine if someone gave it a fair chance, how could they not get something out of it?
Perhaps the best way to enjoy this book is to think of it as The Twilight Zone in print, if Rod Serling was trying to give all literary convention the middle finger. Not only does it break the fourth wall many times, it at times nukes the damn wall by making the reader think. The thing that holds this book together, and does it so masterfully, is the theme of nothing ever making sense. Hold onto that thought as you read, and Mr. Slater will own your reader's soul to the last page.
It will be interesting to see how he will try to outdo this tale of Harrison and Tabitha Moss. But if anyone has proven himself as a contender in bizarro literature, it's Mr. Slater. Well done, sir!
Stylistically, Danger keeps growing in the realm of description. He peppers his work with similes that feature strong imagery and sometimes border on non-sequitur, a hallmark of high-quality abstract/surreal writing. They make you think, “what the . . . oh wait that makes sense!” and it changes the way you think forever. I’ll never look at the sun coming up over the horizon again without thinking about the earth as a huge hunk of flesh bleeding sunlight all over the sky. Thanks, dude!
Ultimately, I like watching Danger’s stories evolve over time. Love is a central theme, and through these pages you see his growth not only as a writer, but as a human being. I see tropes here that exist in my own life, and for that reason his work always deeply resonates with me, but also makes me nervous because, when it comes right down to it, our stories boil down to similar primordial stock.
But I always take solace in the fact that, while I put said stock on white bread and mayo, Danger takes that stock and infuses it with a bunch of weird ass Danger spices.
Okay, I've never read Holes, but I saw the movie when I was a kid, and Shia was in it, so the book MUST have been GOOD.
He Digs a Hole is another fun, fast-paced book from Danger Slater full of existentialism, break-throughs, and finding oneself. It is also about falling out and in and out and in love. Love is obsession, especially when it doesn't make sense, which shouldn't be surprising c0ming from the man who wrote I Will Rot Without You.
This might not be Slater's best, but it sure is darn good, and whether or not you're familiar with Slater's work, this book is definitely worth the read.
So cut off your hands and staple this book to the stumps, it's a wild ride you mustn't miss!