The Gospel of Anarchy
Mar 30, 2011
Author: Justin Taylor
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 2011
While well written, you need to have a strong stomach to read this slim, but packed, novel.
David has a dead-end job at a survey call center. Not allowed to do anything but ask the questions on the screen and check the boxes. He nearly is fired when he dares to sooth a little old lady on the other end of the phone when she begins to cry.
His life consists of his very robotic job and his strong penchant for internet porn, which receives nearly a chapter's worth of detail and instruction on the hows and whys of navigating the porn sites and finding photo sharing rooms. I believe I might be an expert now. :)
As he decides to break out of his rut and go find a stronger interest in his life than lifeless photos, he comes upon a group of people with whom he begins socializing with. By socializing I mean eating tossed, half eaten food out of dumpsters with them before heading to the flophouse for a threesome. Apparently his new friends "worship" a hobo who wrote about a Utopian society with no rules and they have decided he's to be their leader.
This is a sad book about sad, aimless people who follow anything that appears slightly better than the lives they currently lead, while not improving themselves a bit. The question here is.... will David wake up to reality and get out... while he still can?
Again, a well written book, but not what I would suggest for light reading or a time kill.