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by Benjamin Kunkel

Free eBook Indecision: A Novel download ISBN: 1400063450
Author: Benjamin Kunkel
Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (August 30, 2005)
Language: English
Pages: 256
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories and Anthologies
Size MP3: 1100 mb
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Rating: 4.5
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he’s having a midlife crisis.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. He lives a dissolute existence in a tiny apartment with three (sometimes four) slacker roommates.

Benjamin Kunkel (born December 14, 1972 in Colorado) is an American novelist. Kunkel grew up in Eagle, Colorado, and was educated at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire; Kunkel studied at Deep Springs College in California, graduated with an . from Harvard University, and received his MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.

Benjamin Kunkel’s brilliantly comic debut novel concerns one of the central maladies of our time–a pathological indecision that turns abundance into an affliction and opportunity into a curse. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom.

Much like the character in this novel I couldn't make up my mind what to give this book. I hated parts of the book, but I didn't hate the book.

Dwight Wilmerding, twenty-eight, is having a midlife crisis. Much like the character in this novel I couldn't make up my mind what to give this book.

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US press coverage of Benjamin Kunkel's very funny first novel, Indecision, rushed into publication here this week.

These are the two names that have surfaced repeatedly in the enthusiastic US press coverage of Benjamin Kunkel's very funny first novel, Indecision, rushed into publication here this week. Actually, I haven't read Salinger since I was in my teens,' says Kunkel (who, at 32, looks as if he is barely out of them).

Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he's having a midlife crisis. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom

Dwight B. And a few sessions of psychoanalysis conducted by his sister have distinctly failed to help with his biggest problem: a chronic inability to make up his mind

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Benjamin Kunkel ed to be left to our own devices. However when we retired to our hut Brigid seemed in no mood. I’m sorry, I said as she established herself on her hammock in a definitely noli me tangere sort of way. I forgot about Edwin. We’ll split the money three ways. I should have thought of that before. Think of the wedding the guy could have.

He lives a dissolute existence in a tiny apartment with three (sometimes four) slacker roommates, holds a mind-numbing job at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and has a chronic inability to make up his mind.

Benjamin Kunkel’s brilliantly comic debut novel concerns one of the central maladies of our time–a pathological indecision that turns abundance into an affliction and opportunity into a curse.Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he’s having a midlife crisis. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom. And a few sessions of psychoanalysis conducted by his sister have distinctly failed to help with his biggest problem: a chronic inability to make up his mind. Encouraged by one of his roommates to try an experimental pharmaceutical meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at the chance (not without some meditation on the hazards of jumping) and swallows the first fateful pill. And when all at once he is “pfired” from Pfizer and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams, he finds himself on the brink of a new life. The trouble–well, one of the troubles–is that Dwight can’t decide if the pills are working. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, in the foreign country of a changed outlook, his would-be romantic escape becomes a hilarious journey into unbidden responsibility and unwelcome knowledge.How to affirm happiness without living in constant denial of the ways of the world? How to commit, and to what? At once funny and poignant, gentle and outrageous, finely intelligent and proudly silly, Indecision rings with a voice of great energy and originality, while its deeper inquiries reflect the concerns and style of a generation."Here’s what Indecision gives you: sustained social and intellectual comedy, possibly the last but certainly the funniest Superfluous Man in modern literature, drive-by satire, plus detailed set-piece send-ups of Young Adult colgrads at work and play. The mockery ishumane. The tale of Dwight Wilmerding is told with style and care. And there’s a surprising ending. Benjamin Kunkel, welcome!"–Norman Rush, author of Mating
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Utchanat
This is a sharp and witty novel . It is written by an author who will be (if he not already is) a genuine presence in American literature. A novel about a not-so-young man's rite of passage, defining his understanding of his self, the novel easily takes its place in the portrait of Americans beset by social as well as existential choices. And again, it is sharply and unexpectedly funny in all the right (and wrong) places.
MilsoN
Amazingly uneven--put the book down and decided to stop reading it several times. But...for some reason kept on and was glad that I did. Try it. There are plum parts in it--no question about that. It helps if you're a fast reader.
Mr.Death
The first 50 pages of Indecision were like brain candy. Specifically, they were like Pop Rocks for my late twenty-something post-ironic soul - a lot of fizzle and the promise of danger, and also some drooling. Every other line in the first quarter of this book made me want to throw it across the room in a fit of envy/admiration. So clever! So right on the money! Aargh, I wish I had thought of this first!

The middle 100 or so pages, however, were different. I started to pick up a rhythm of beats and scenes and sequences, faint at first and then undeniable. The density of good lines decreased sharply and by the time I was about 2/3 of the way through I realized I was reading an extended screenplay/treatment.

The epilogue is really inexplicable. It feels a little Frankensteinish, like some grotesque body part grafted onto the wrong novel. It was as if Mr. Kunkel wanted Dwight to arc from Point A to Point B, realized ten pages from the end that he had not gotten the character anywhere near where he needed to be, emotionally, intellectually or even just geographically in the story, and basically just drew a straight line to the end, as in, voila, here we are.

I think a lot of the negative reviews on here may have been brought on as a result of backlash at the crazy amounts of attention Mr. Kunkel has received, especially from the New York Times. I think he absolutely deserves it - the attention, not the backlash. But I do think this book, for whatever reasons (hopefully not including a rush to completion driven by a justifiably excited publisher) falls way short of the promise it exhibits in the opening chapters.

Still, I know I'm buying his next book no matter what, so I guess that says a lot right there. I guess I was just expecting so much from Jay McInerney's review (that'll teach me) that even an above average reading experience was a severe letdown.
Yggdi
Well-written voyage of personal discovery. Enjoyable, compelling read.
Shou
i do think the book got progressively worse as it went on, (full disclosure: i often feel that way, even with the classics) however it started out so good that on balance i still think it was worth the read. It paints a very accurate portrait of a generation while telling a great story.
Kigabar
I have tried to become involved in this book, but as hard as I try, I find that i would look for anything else to do rather than become more bored this poor soles thinking process--
Kemath
Man, is this what passes for a novel now? This book is a windy, completely conventional coming-of-age story of an uninteresting prep school alumnus. The prose gets annoying after about five pages. The incidents are stupid, the plot predictable, the politics tacked on. Why did this book get so much hype? I'm not the only one: 7 out of 8 people in my book group loathed it.
Boring book.