- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (7 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905005466
- ISBN-13: 978-1905005468
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 12.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Human War
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'Essential reading... If you can't relate to The Human War, it's likely you're not human.' BJ Lisko, Pulse
About the Author
Noah Cicero lives in Youngstown, Ohio. He has a book published called The Human War off Fugue State Press. He is a member of The ULA. He has short stories and poems published at Retort, Black Ice, Lit Vision, and many more places. His favorite activities are eating ribs and going to bikini bars.
Top Customer Reviews
I've started there because the cleverest thing about this novella is the way it captures that sense of twisted emotion. The logical conclusion becomes the ultimate contradiction. I hope I can explain...
As an outsider he hates people, yet instinctively knows that war is wrong. He is driven to do something but cynical of the power of protest and never really convincing as a right wing hawk he directs his energy into the only thing he knows...sex, booze and barfly banter.
We are the post-post-war generation and have experienced suffering only through TV and the movies. Baudrillard is never mentioned in the text but he is there in spirit.
The theme of the powerless individual resonates throughout the book with the inescapable and nihilistic sense that all is hopeless. Sometimes this is well done with the strip club scene becoming a larger metaphor for dumb animal behaviour but in other places (thinking about war and then just happens to bump into an ex-soldier who moved into the woods.
It's obvious that Cicero is hugely influenced by Bukowski; the dialogue, at its worst, stinks of 2nd rate Buk. But that's not to say there's nothing interesting here.
I'd recommend this book on the strength of the second story DOOMED which is a nicely observed piece.Read more ›
It made me feel very excited and nervous. It made me feel like the main character.
The main character seems out of control in a very identifiable, real way. His reactions to events that happen throughout the course of the novel seem very authentic, and are compelling to read about.
I love this book very much and recommend it to everyone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I read this book in less than 2 days, which is fast for my standards. Reminded me of Samuel Beckett and Sam Pink and Tao Lin and James Frey. If you like these authors this book is definitely worth checking out.
I really liked the conversational style with various people who have very different backgrounds and have different relationships with the author.
The problem and the huge turn off for me was the author wishes that he wasn't so "smart" and hadn't read so many books so he wouldn't think too much. He categorizes the people as "stupid" when they have different opinion than his own. Normally it would be OK but he talks about this too much all over the book.
Overall, this book may be worthwhile for the people who are in their beginning of the 20's.
Otherwise, it was a waste of time for me.