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Indecision #2020

Indecision Dwight Wilmerding twenty eight is having a midlife crisis And there s an even bigger problem his chronic inability to make up his mind Encouraged to try a drug meant to banish indecision he is all

  • Title: Indecision
  • Author: Benjamin Kunkel
  • ISBN: 9780330444576
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Indecision By Benjamin Kunkel, Dwight Wilmerding, twenty eight, is having a midlife crisis And there s an even bigger problem his chronic inability to make up his mind.Encouraged to try a drug meant to banish indecision, he is all at once fired from his low grade tech support job in Manhattan and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long ago prep school dreams Unable to deciDwight Wilmerding, twenty eight, is having a midlife crisis And there s an even bigger problem his chronic inability to make up his mind.Encouraged to try a drug meant to banish indecision, he is all at once fired from his low grade tech support job in Manhattan and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long ago prep school dreams Unable to decide if the magic pills are working, he finds his would be romantic escape becoming a journey into unbidden responsibility and deep in the jungles of the the foreign country of a changed outlook Indecision manages to make the whole flailing, postadolescent, prelife crisis feel fresh and funny again The funniest and smartest coming of age novel in years Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review He s got this voice that just grabs your attention and won t let go Old Dwight s book really knocked me out Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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    1. Blah blah blah I can t make up my fucking mind Waaaah Join the fucking club Blah blah blah Experimental drug Casual sex Covered with hair Blah blah blah Fly to Ecuador to get laid but sort of find meaning purpose instead but don t write about it very well or very effectively Blah blah blah Who gives a shit.

    2. What is wrong with me Much like the character in this novel I couldn t make up my mind what to give this book I waffled between two and three stars but I didn t hate this book I hated parts of the book, but I didn t hate the book As far as vapid young writers go, one could do worse But don t I have it on good authority that this book sucks donkey balls Yeah And it does The narrator is a kind of whiny, self absorbed elitist who can t make up his mind about anything, but knows that life owes him s [...]

    3. The real indecision here comes in how long you waver before finally giving up on this book The story meanders aimlessly in a pseudo philosophical fog that is neither amusing as advertised on the cover or in any other way interesting The premise a chronically indecisive loser in his late 20 s allegedly representing a whole generation to which I happen to belong needless to say, I don t agree with the categorization is offered a miracle drug to relieve his indecision could be interesting It is at [...]

    4. This book embodies the crap I ve come to expect from precocious, over educated hipsters Granted, there were a few insightful sentences that I really liked But christ, where do I even begin The characters blow Kunkel thinks he s representing my generation, when really all these characters are just one dimensional charicatures The neuroses come off as annoying instead of endearing A 3rd grader could have come up with a better plot I ve never wanted to throw a book off the subway platform so badly [...]

    5. It s funny the way can affect your reading of a book When I started reading this book, I immediately enjoyed it and thought to myself, Do I have a five star new classic on my hands Then, as the story progressed and began to lose a little steam, I thought, Well, maybe not five stars, but it s still a solid four star story And I was feeling that way until about halfway through the book, where it rapidly devolved into three star territory, then two, before finally culminating in a one star finish t [...]

    6. This book is awful I stubbornly made my way to the bitter end just to give it a single star and ravage it in this short, capsule review Ah, the taste of semi satisfaction I should have looked at some of the comments of previous readers via as it would have made me pass on this irritating, phony, cooler than thou exorcise in superficiality that Kunkel has crafted The book is lighter than a feather and has absolutely no substance to it as it tells the story of an annoying 20 something who suffers [...]

    7. once finished Well it has become pretty clich d to say, but yes, it took me about fifty pages of this relatively slim volume to get over my instinctual hatred of this successful young my age when published writer, and just get over myself and enjoy the book Which, shit you guys, is really fucking good Quick aside Our Benjamin Kunkel is, as is or less required for this demographic, clearly enad with his own writerly talents Consequently this book can be a bit much at times, overly descriptive an [...]

    8. What an overhyped addition to the already overcrowded 20 something inspects navel, whines unattractively, and expects the world to care shelf this was.

    9. The cover is the only redeeming quality about this book It looks so cute When we chose it for book club I somehow managed to find and read aloud the ONLY two funny sentencess in the entire thing Thinking that we had a winner, the reading commenced Bad luck for us The premise sounds fantastic the book however is another story.At the end, I faced my own Indecision use this one to level a wobbly table leg or pass it on to someone I really, really dislike

    10. I can t decide Maybe because we were interns together ten years ago and I basically liked him, even if the rest of the interns that semester thought he was smug Everyone said he thought he was smarter than the rest of us What they didn t know is that they were right He was pretty open about it and honestly, I thought he was right So I have these misgivings about Ben himself I want to take him down a notch, just because I do But that s not fair So, he s smart Who am I to begrudge him a well recei [...]

    11. Imagine waking up every day to a GR review page like this one Sending Kunkel some love in 2013 Or am I

    12. Lordy That was bad.Talk about life mimicking book titles I just couldn t make up my mind if I should carry on or not Surely it will get better with the next part, the next paragraph, the next sentence Nope It didn t So I decided to pull the pin on this one and carry on to a book that I will enjoy, with characters and circumstances that I will give a sh t about not this pathetic loser of a guy and his delusions of love and grandeur, who can t make a decision if his life depended on it.Let me help [...]

    13. While I m not at all convinced the internet has made me a better or happier person, I do really appreciate Benjamin Kunkel s twitter feed He s able to strike the perfect balance between Pessoa quotes and righteous left wing sarcasm See for yourself twitter kunktation lang enI also respect his trajectory from privileged white boy novelist with nothing to write about to autodidact Marxist intellectual And not just any autodidact Marxist intellectual, one who really does his homework It s not every [...]

    14. This is a satire, but somehow I liked it much than Buckley s Boomsday I think it is because Buckley was writing a satire of the DC spin machine, which I have little inside knowledge of, and Kunkel is writing satire about confused early adulthood, which I have tons of inside knowledge of It isn t only hilarious, but I scarily identify with a lot of Dwight s philosophizing about the insanity of it all In the end he somehow achieves clarity through a mixture of drugs and finding purpose I didn t l [...]

    15. At the beginning, Indecision seems like a slightly wacky take on a slightly different coming of age novel there s a premise of a wonder pharmaceutical that cures indecision Kunkel s narrator is not a teenager but a 20 something The narrator prattles on for about 2 3 of the book and then the narrator does spoiler alert indeed take the pill and begins to make up his mind about things Perhaps you could argue the narrator s rapid and barely motivated change of mind is Kunkel s statement about the po [...]

    16. The only reason this book got two stars is because Kunkel has a talent for two things ideas and clever turns of phrase but these two things does not a good novel make, unfortunately I kept reading hoping it would get better, and it didn t it just got and cliche I am so sick of reading about the east coast bourgeois, and anything about generation whine, both of which, as a west coast millennial, I find not in the least bit relatable and entirely contemptible.

    17. I really wanted to like this book because I had heard great things about Benjamin Kunkel s writing, but I just couldn t get into it The story meanders aimlessly and it never fully captured my attention I, however, irrationally slogged through the entire book anyway under the assumption that it would take a turn for the better at some point, but it never did.

    18. The most over hyped book of the year Every character spoke in one liners The plot was contrived, the characters rather pathetic, and the ending a cheap finish A waste of time, sad to say.

    19. Two stars or three stars I am indecisive and this book is about indecision I was leaning towards three stars, but the inconsistent tones towards the end felt like two Or maybe 2.5I may well be indecisive, in general The book made me wonder whether I am going through a midlife crisis myself It introduced me to the term abulia , and suggested that there may be a pill for the chronic inability to make up one s mind Dwight is a 28 year old self absorbed American guy who is seeing one Indian woman i [...]

    20. One of the worst books I ve ever read Insufferable characters, caricatured depictions of Latin America and Latin Americans, repulsive writing of female characters and relationships Awful.

    21. I saw this book while making my bi weekly rounds of my favorite used book store What a cool cover I thought And since you can most definitely begin judging a book by it s cover, I chose to read the blurb on the cover flap to see what this sweet looking cover had inside it In the blurb, I spotted the word Ecuador and some general rambling about a chronic indecisive 20 something having a quarter life crisis brought on by disillusionment with his life which he decides to solve by traveling to an un [...]

    22. Not sure where I picked this one up Pretty interesting and amusing so far Very much in the vein of The Corrections, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and And Then We Came to the End Post modern lightweight Easy to see why J Franzen speaks well of it Similarities to The Corrections the crazy family and a trip to foreign lands Dwight and Chip are blood brothers Plus the experimental drug thing Disclaimer I too am a preppie Loomis by way of Colorado and a profoundly messed up family I can rel [...]

    23. Even than with fellow n 1 co founding editor Keith Gessen s All the Sad Literary Young Men, it s almost impossible to talk about this book without talking about the author s background and subsequent life choices Like Whit Stillman in his movies, Kunkel is a WASPy prep school grad whose characters are likewise, except they re also dumb, lovable putzes Kunkel s hero is a slacker with a Philosophy degree his last name of Wilmerding becomes the email handle Wilmerdingansich , get it lacking the vo [...]

    24. Masterful Mental Masterbation But alas premature sputtering Beatifully written, with artful insights that pop right off the page With that said, I can t help but feel Kunkel could have used another couple of years to form the plot of this book A shame really Talent like this should be enlightened, not rushed.Its namesake couldn t ring true Was the author struck with a mid book panic that he must deliver a solution to his afflicting abulia If all he could surmise up for a cure uits, nuts, bevera [...]

    25. This book is like one of those people who skate by in life thinking that they re charming than they are, a belief the person holds so firmly that it can actually make others believe that he she is charming Or the mistaken belief itself is so mistaken and so firmly believed that the error is actually charming.Except this book isn t charming It makes a whole host of vapid assumptions about the world which it cheerfully expects you to assume as well It pays very careful attention to its sit com di [...]

    26. It started off a little slow, then it picked up, then it slowed down, then it picked way up, then it got near the end, then it got really boring, and oddly preachy for things I have no interest in, then it ended, and I was left with a little dissapointed not unlike my last relationship ZANG We all of us believe we re the odd balls of life, that we have the most impossible time coming to a decision in what to do with life, so in those respects I could totally relate to the main character But then [...]

    27. yeah yeah i know this book was written by some pretentious hipster who sucks, blah blah but i can t help it, i loved this book last month, my mother handed me a box of books that she was planning to sell in her annual garage sale, and told me to take whatever i wanted it was almost full of james patterson and other paperbacks that my mom gets for free in one shady way or another, but this book was in there and its cover caught my eye i started to read and the main character is about a month away [...]

    28. This book just flew over my head It s one of those books where the author uses words than necessary to express what the character is thinking and saying I consider it an intelligent book, meaning it s complex Now I understand why I usually stick to mystery novels, because the characters are usually pretty flakey and easy to follow Not sure what that says about myself thought HmmmAnyway, this is supposed to be a story about Dwight who apparently has trouble making decisions so he starts taking a [...]

    29. Fantastic coming of age novel that truly gets at the heart of the post coitus, post early twenty something experience of the semi autonomous adult, French New Wave neophyte in America today One criticism, the book could have been written in the 3rd person The dialogue was unnecessarily and unconvincingly effete The author is an essayist by trade and the novel reads that way at times to a fault With an executioner style editor and a switching around of the narrator, I feel though I could be total [...]

    30. In my attempt to start reading current authors, I picked up this book after a breif encounter with the magazine n 1, which the author edits.I remember that Kunkel was very very good at capturing certain feelings in my modern settingat is to say he is not without talent.The hard part about this book is that it shines so much in the beginning and towards the middle, but looses its luster towards the end That is not to say that it falls apart, but it just warps into a totally different being at th [...]

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