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Scott Andrews is getting older every day and doesn’t like it much. He is 32 years old and resides in Poland with his fiancée. He has travelled far and wide, worked a variety of unimaginably dull jobs and partook in numerous mundane conversations in a fruitless attempt to figure out just exactly what life is all about. Over a year ago he discovered a method to expose himself on a regular basis without risk of getting arrested, by indulging in what is commonly known as a blog. He has turned to writing as he feels he no longer has any possibility of fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a fire engine. His debut novel ‘Existence Is Futile’ was published by FeedaRead.com in July 2012 and was partly funded by the Arts Council of England.
And yes I am on Goodreads.
on May 10, 2013 :
Although it is set in a single room with only one character, this story does not lack for conflict.
Albert Ross spends most of his days in his flat watching television, passively consuming. Until one night the broadcasts start to raise very personal issues.
The book is written in a relatively stylised third-person voice, reminiscent of voice-overs from the early eighties. While this is quite noticeable for the first few paragraphs, it is very skilfully handled and fits perfectly with a story revolving around a habitual viewer.
Albert starts as another forgettable average man, rendered only as a cipher by his self-isolation, However, as the programs flicker past, the events on screen and his reactions mimic the interactions of more populous works showing the reader how he is unique, and building sympathy.
Despite the very short length of the work (14 pages), the plot shifts between comedy and horror without becoming rushed. However, the story does feel quite short; more of a great appetiser than a whole meal.
The reader will probably guess what is happening before Albert; however the characterisation and style are strong enough to draw the reader to the end.
Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it subject to the caveat that – unless you only ever read in short bursts – you will need another book to hand to start when this ends.
I received a free copy of this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
S. A. Williams
on Feb. 27, 2013 :
This short story, at time humorous, is an excellent example of allegory, filled with essential questions about mortality. Highly entertaining, but also makes you think!
(reviewed the day of purchase)