The Llama Scribe

May 21, 2008

Disappointingly

Filed under: Uncategorized — antoinette jeanine @ 1:48 am

Eggers’ book is inscrutable to me.  It’s much easier for me to relate to a 50-year-old character than a 24-year-old one.  I’ve never known any 24-year-olds, really, at least not well, and it’s essentially impossible that I will ever be that age.  And I have no sympathy for this person who thinks too much, and gropes too many strangers in the dark.  

At least I’m almost done with the book.  I have to see it through to the end, because maybe in the next 20 pages something really great will happen that will make me laugh (I’ve laughed a few times), or maybe the ending will be as heartbreaking as he promised the book would be in the acknowledgments and the title.

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  1. Eggers’ book was interesting to me as well. I think the title was a spoof on his own line of thinking: 1)”I’m an awesome guy who does great things” and 2)”You ought, all of you, to think that this is a work of staggering genius, for I have suffered much and you can’t possibly understand that.”

    I also had a hard time relating. The more I read, the more I thought “Hey, you’re the stupid surburbanite white kid of the type that attend UofI and annoy the crap out of people like me,” and for some reason, I couldn’t shake this despite the saddening story.

    Comment by Dave — July 11, 2008 @ 7:23 pm


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