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existentialism for the common man
on 28 August 2017
This is refreshingly entertaining, readable and unpretentious - particularly for a book billed as an 'American Classic' (something which is usually no recommendation). It's deep, maybe; but the depth is subtle, the sadness so underplayed that if you weren't paying attention you could easily mistake it for the memoirs of a simple-minded hedonistic oaf - as some reviewers obviously have. It's emphatically not the usual 'struggling writer' schtick, and thank God for that. What makes the guy interesting is that he is just - only just - extraordinary enough to offer insight into ordinariness. Its slightness doesn't outstay its welcome, and it's pretty funny as it stumbles through the vicissitudes of an intense, unplanned working-class life.