Monday, November 15, 2010

A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

This book almost seems as though it were written by two vastly different authors. The first 200 pages or so are playful, thought provoking and inspired, somewhat reminiscent of Tom Robbins early work. Then, seemingly, the story gets handed over to a manic depressive Douglas Coupland-esque author who goes on to pen some 500 additional pages of dark, soul-crushing narrative in which the only discernable theme is: Life sucks. Then you die. Horribly.

It was like taking a vacation at one of those time-share condo deals. It was a lot of fun until the very serious looking fellow in the black suit told me I had to talk to him about the great opportunites of part-time condo ownership. And then he got all weepy and starting telling me about his personal problems and how futile and empty his life was. No continental breakfast is worth all that.

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