Quarter Life Crisis

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Book cover I tend to like the young American authors of our days. They tend to be witty and relaxing reads that are easily related to. And Benjamin Kunkel’s novel Indecision fit that equation rather well.

It opens with a Wittgenstein quote and then introduces us to the narrator, Dwight, who suffers from chronic indecision and not managing to get himself a good job despite having been well-educated. We learn about his flatmates, quasi-girlfriend, the sorry job he loses and also the great plan he makes to visit an old-time flame in South America. A plain which he actually follows but then goes to travel the country and enjoy its nature and drugs with his friend’s hot friend Natasha instead.

Somehow not the most compelling storyline, even before I butchered it. But then again you wouldn’t want a book that’s named Indecision to have a straightforward story. Meandering is what’s called for here. And that’s what happens.

Bookmark: 13-02-1997 metrorail ticket Oosterzee to Cape Town and back.

October 21, 2007, 1:46

Tagged as benjamin kunkel, book, south america, wittgenstein.


Comment by gummi: User icon

This book should have been called Option Paralysis.

October 21, 2007, 9:53

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