Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fuckness

by Andersen Prunty
published 2011 (kindle edition)

I gave this a look because of the catchy title, I expect a lot of people will do the same. It begins with a lot of guts and energy, but unfortunately loses its way somewhere toward the middle. The novel is composed in the "interior monologue" style - the narrative voice is strongly reminiscent of "The Catcher In The Rye" or perhaps "Vernon God Little" by DBC Pierre. The main character, Wallace Black, has an unimaginably tough time - he is terribly ugly, beaten daily by his parents and unfortunately beaten up at school as well. His only friend is an ageing bum called Drifter Ken. The real problems begin when Ken gives Wally a big green lollipop. Wally refers to these problems as "the fuckness".

About a third of the way through the author begins introducing various fantasy elements, such as the giant horns that are strapped to Wally's head and cannot be removed. The storyline becomes ambiguous and it's not clear whether certain events are happening in the real world or only in Wally's mind. As it became more and more dreamlike I found my interest waning. I began flick reading pages, searching ahead to see if the ambiguity would be resolved. Unfortunately it wasn't and I flick read all the way to the end.

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