From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Litle. Gabriel Brockwell wants to die, and his destination is Wonderland. The nature and style of the journey is all that's to be decided. Taking in London, Tokyo, Berlin and the Galapagos Islands, and committed to the pursuit of pleasure, Gabriel's adventure include a spell in rehab, a near-death experience with fugu ovaries, and an orgiastic feast in the bowels of Berlin's majestic Tempelhof Airport.
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Books like this are the reason I keep renewing my Audible membership. DBC Pierre's best by a mile - totally original, compelling, funny, dark and brilliantly narrated. Wished it would never stop!
For the first part of this story I was half-thinking I might give it up but it grew on me. The second half is, I think, much better than the first. It is sort of up my street in that I like dark humour - this is pitch-black and amusing rather than actually funny. It's also wry, touching, crude (content - but not needlessly) and really beautifully written. Good narration, quite 'flat' especially in the first 1/4 - but then that reflects the state of mind of the story-teller. Brilliant accents. The ending was not at all what I expected - it was better.
DBC Pierre is a bit of a one trick pony. Drug-fuelled psychosis is a bit of a drag really and although it is imaginative and pretty original it is not very enjoyable or interesting to read because it has no light and shade and no heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through the internal world of a rather disturbed mind. It took a little time to get into the story, mainly, I think, because I found the reader, William Rycroft, hard to get used to, but once the story gripped me I stopped hearing the things that irritated me, and I must say his german accents were excellent. I am looking forward to hearing another of D B C Pierre's books.
DBC Pierre has a style all his own & it's one you don't want to miss.
If you've read Vernon God Little & enjoyed it, you'll like this one too. It's crazy - but what else would you expect from this "one of a kind" author?
Gabriel is not a character you are going to love - at least, not right away. He's a substance abuser, and he's not making life easy for those around him. Gabriel has decided to die - but now that he's made the decision, he realises he doesn't have to do it right away. First he's going to have one last wild boozy, party with a friend.
Except that's not quite how things work out. His best friend ends up in prison in Japan after the most bizarre sequence of events. And Gabriel's attempts to get his friend out of prison result in another bizarre series of events.
While the details of the story are unimaginable (for most of us at least), in the context of the story they are utterly believable & compelling & once again I found myself having to tell my husband what mad thing had just happened in the book.
This is another DBC Pierre book I did not want to put down. It's funny-crazy.
If you're looking for eloquent satire, you have found your author.
The sound quality is good, the reader does a great job with the characters & oh boy you're in for such a fun ride.
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