02. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Paige

Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan, 240 pages, read by Paige, on 01/17/2012

When my friend sent me this book a few years ago I wasn’t quite sure and loaned it out before I ever really got to finish it. Now I’ve got it back and read it proptly. This is Neilan’s only book and he meant apathy. It is quite literally a story of an utterly apathetic man and his adventures…or maybe misadventures would be more appropriate. I absoutely loved this book, but I do believe this is one of those books that is either loved or hated. Neilan doesn’t skip over all the graphic bits, but the gore is generally left out. I would not suggest this for the youger readers. Older teens and adults, assuming they don’t hate it, will find it strange, weird, and ridiculously funny. I thought it was a riot, and there are still lines from the book that I qoute on Facebook.

As I said earlier Neilan chronicles the life of Shane and where his general apatheic attidute takes him in life after he steps off the Greyhound bus in a random large-ish city. Throughout the story there are murders, people’s heads getting squished in bus doors, deaf karaoke, and theft of salt-shakers.

Unfortuantely, we do not currently have this title as a part of the MRRL collection. I will totally lend it to those I deem trustworthy if you are interested.

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