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The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break Hardcover – 1 Mar. 2000
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- Hardcover : 313 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0895871971
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm
- ISBN-13 : 978-0895871978
- Publisher : John F Blair Publisher; First Edition (1 Mar. 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,101,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main themes of the book seemed to me to be an exploration of what it means to be an outsider trying to fit in, and how the rest of the world views outsiders and whether or not they’ll be accepted. The minotaur, of course, is unusual not only because of his appearance, but because he is an immortal and not human. Empathy and a true understanding of human feelings and thought processes are still being learned, while parts of his long past still haunt him – while trying to develop some kind of relationship with his co-worker Kelly, on whom he has a crush, we are reminded of the bones of devoured virgins in the labyrinth. That minotaur is long gone, and M (to his friends) is trying to be just an ordinary ‘guy’, working as a line chef in an eatery in Carolina, trying not to cause too much damage with his horns, both at work and in the narrow trailer in which he lives.
The story is full of uncomfortable moments – but they wouldn’t be so if we didn’t care about the protagonist, as while the minotaur’s problems seem to be on the mythical side, they are also very human. Feeling clumsy and unable to fit in are not feelings limited to immortal beasts. The other characters in the book stop short of being clichés and caricatures, and are in sharp contrast to the sophisticated urbanites we often see on American TV shows. As well as having the expected kinds as enemies or friends, M has allies in unlikely people and shows unexpected compassion, while at other times being unable to understand the necessary – human – course of action.
The ending is an uncomfortable read – it is a messy, human kind of event, and I think it shows there are still misunderstandings between M and humanity. There is a resolution of sorts, though, so there is hope.
I really enjoyed the book, and have been recommending it to friends. There is a sequel, but sometimes it’s better to leave the table wanting more, so I’m just toying with the idea of reading it.
The story exposes humans in all their hideous weakness, demonstrated in their at time, dreadful reactions to the Minotaur. While others are fully accepting of him and embrace him for what he is, a living breathing being who feels pain and sorrow, who wants to be accepted, loved.
I fell in love with the Minotaur in this story, if he came to my town, I'd give him a roof and a dinner. The story is told wonderfully, so that how could we ever doubt that such beings live among us. Perhaps the world would be a better place if they did.
As the title states, if I could only ever recommend one book for people to read for the rest of my life, this would be the one. It will challange you at you're very core, it will reach deep inside and find your emotions, drag them to the surface and give them all a good run. Just fantastic reading! Buy it now!