How I became stupid tells the story of a young man weighed down by the pressures of his intelligence, and his battle to find the simpler form of happiness he sees all around him. Cue failed alcoholism, an adult-learning class in suicide, coffee-spill induced stock market success, the trappings of consumerism and, eventually a sense of contentment. But is it his new life that offers him this, or the friends he has left behind? This internationally successful Cult novel is a hilarious indictment of life, every bit as insightful as Brett Easton Ellis, without that smug, self satisfied arrogance. This is a book for a summer trip, easily readable, short and accessible, you cannot go wrong with this.