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This book is relentless, nasty, brutal, at the same time so hilariously entertaining - if you're not easily offended!
on 18 April 2017
This book is very dark, which suits my taste. My initial impression was that it was 'American Psycho' of the music industry.Whereas 'American Psycho' parodied American corporate 80's excess to the extreme, 'Kill Your Friends' parodies the record industry in 90's Britain.
Steven Stelfox is an A&R man for a well-known music label in 1997's London. His job is to discover hits and make the company a boatload of money. He doesn't spend a lot of time doing this however as he's usually too busy coked up, fornicating, or verbally or mentally tearing into anyone else whose existence is not his own.
Interestingly, this book is called 'Kill Your Friends' however Steven has no friends. None that we come into contact with anyway. There is a lot of social interaction, however it is all with colleagues, musicians, prostitutes, and unfortunates who happen to cross Steven's path. I'll never understand people who rate a book down because they can't relate to the central character. I don't want to read about myself!
Steven Stelfox is despicable. If you could relate to him I'd be worried! He's also made me laugh more than any other novel's character has in years. This book is relentless, nasty, brutal, at the same time so hilariously entertaining - if you're not easily offended. I couldn't stop cracking up with laughter reading this on my tube journeys. If I didn't have the book in my hand I would have looked like a demented grinning idiot to the other passengers.
It doesn't revel in the violence like 'American Psycho' does. There are only a couple key scenes of violence and they are brief. In fact those who enjoyed 'Psycho' but couldn't stomach the atrocities might very well have found the perfect book in 'Kill Your Friends'. Like with a lot of films I love, I'm often drawn to dark and disturbing novels. I think it's because I'm so cheerful and happy in real life. It's kind of like a balancing act. And to me it's almost like immersing yourself in and learning about a different culture.
As cruel and nasty as Steven Stelfox is, I think it'd be difficult to be personally offended by anything in here as Stelfox takes potshots at every spectrum of society. Nobody is safe from his withering wrath. If you're looking for something guaranteed to tickle the laughing bone, you probably won't do much better than 'Kill Your Friends'. At the very least it will make you feel so much better as a person!