Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The entire, strange book is a dialogue - an odd vehicle for the author's message, whatever that was. I could not tell.
Unfortunately, I intensely disliked the central character - a self-centered, ineffectual, whiny, lawless, n'er do well who expects the world to find a way to fix him. In order to get answers to questions he has about his malaise and general disappointment with life, he kidnaps a bunch of people and hammers them with questions - and through these unpleasant interrogations he hopes to acquire knowledge. Huh? Very weak.
It seemed to me that each of the individuals he kidnaped, even the borderline pedophile, was a far better human being than this kid could every hope to be. The only likable characters were the reliable taxpayers.
Through the reading of this flaky book, I learned that the old maxim "there are no stupid questions" is false.
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