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That being said I have to admit that this is an accurate picture of the darker side of nowadays’ society. The lighter narrative shows the pettiness and selfishness that goes around and illustrates how skewed some perceptions are and how biased people have become. Each story presents people at their worst and how they spill their dissatisfaction and happiness finding pleasure in making someone else unhappy or humiliated. The darker narrative shows that human life lost any kind of value. What seems to be important is the satisfaction one can get in the blink of an eye.
It seemed extremely interesting how various people’s paths intersect and how most of them feel better once they manage to diminish, bully, insult or kill another human being.
Characters are interesting even though the author doesn’t waste too much time to depict them. They’re developed enough to drive the message home.
I liked the complete circle opened and closed with the vet who is the only one who is able to make an altruistic gesture and put a huge price on someone else’s life, not that his own mattered for anyone. The ending paragraph is the best conclusion for this book. To avoid spoilers, I will refrain from quoting it reads like a summary of the ideas presented throughout the book.
This is not an easy read and not for someone who’d prefer to see puppies, butterflies and flowers. Yet, I repeat: good narrative, interesting circumstances, catching characters
I understand this is Bloke’s first book. I must say: congrats, Mr. Bloke and please, continue to write. You do show genuine talent.
The novel is basically a bunch of loosely connected stories. The veteran can probably be considered the main character, but there are numerous other characters that get plenty of scenes. The story jumps from viewpoint to viewpoint and moves through time as Berg delves into each person's fears, selfish desires, quirks, and fetishes. Most of the characters are self-absorbed scumbags, only stepping out from their grimy bubble when they're absolutely forced to. Any epiphanies they have come far too late to be of any use.
The prose is usually detailed without being dense. Berg is a careful observer, showing us things we see or consider every day but may not really think about. Even at its most outlandish and allegorical, there's a hard realism to the novel; this isn't something that's floated down to us from an Ivory Tower, but a piece of muck tossed from an open sewer.
I actually found myself chuckling as Berg roasted some of society's sacred cows. It was refreshing to see an author tackle subject matter that most people skirt around because it's “politically incorrect,” “mean-spirited,” or whatever.
There are some drawbacks, however. The plot is predictable; by the halfway point, you'll most likely know how each scene is going to end. I understand the point Berg is trying to make, but he could have thrown in some variation and still hammered home the idea.
I also thought the middle portion of the novel was lackluster. Berg throws a lot of craziness, violence, and filth onto the page, but it seems like he's just going wild for the sake of going wild. I preferred the relatively controlled (if that word even works for a novel of this type) scenes in the beginning and end of the story; these scenes really shine, with solid pacing and still plenty of acerbic social commentary.
Finally, I thought the dialogue was weak in some areas, and it was sometimes difficult to follow the thread of the narrative. I occasionally found myself wondering who did what to who or what had exactly happened to a particular character.
After reading this, I'm intrigued to see what Berg will do next. “Indifference” is already a thorough critique of modern society; what else is left to lambast? Berg says he's not going away, though, so I guess we'll just have to wait for the next bomb to drop.
While it illuminates the acts, what it really spotlights is the hypocrisy and deceit of society using a literary burning torch of cynicism and rage. But it also tells stories, primarily of the traumatized Veteran whose battle really began with his return to a home that has effectively kicked him out into the street. There are echoes of Hubert Selby jr in its sometimes brutally honest portrayal of the grim reality the characters face every day. But it’s also an extremely inventive and original piece of work by a new author who has immediately made his mark on the section of the Indie writing scene willing to be brave, pushing themselves and readers with uncomfortable but creatively satisfying work.
You won’t find this on a supermarket shelf any time soon. You weren’t meant too.
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