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The Worst Hubert Selby Jr Book I've Read!
on 7 July 2002
I got into Hubert Selby Jr's book after I watched the film adaptation of his 'Requiem for a Dream', which is one of my favourite films. Since then I have read four of his books, 'Last Exit to Brooklyn', 'Requiem...', 'The Room', and this book 'Waiting Period', which is by far the worst of the lot and has put me off buying anymore of his books.
The book plods along at a terribly slow pace despite the book being only 200 pages long. Within these 200 pages you are fed plenty of dribble from the main character about how the world is so messed up when he's got no one to kill, and how great it is when he's got someone he's planning to kill. But that's the thing, throughout the whole book he commits two highly un-eventful murders, and a third killing spree to turn Mafioso and Russian gangs against each other is skipped from the story completely, re-joining the character after he's finished this task. Completely ruining what would have been the most interesting part of the book. Where Hubert Selby Jr's 'The Room' perfectly executes the troubled and tormented mind of it's leading character, 'Waiting Period' fails to achieve the slightest fraction of this intensity, leaving you feel like the guy should actually kill himself, putting both the reader and the character out of their misery.