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Vacation by Jeremy C. Shipp

It’s time for blueblood Bernard Johnson to leave his boring life behind and go on The Vacation, a yearlong corporate-sponsored odyssey. But instead of seeing the world, Bernard is captured by terrorists, becomes a key figure in secret drug wars, and, worse, doesn’t once miss his secure American Dream.

My Review

Unconventional novel and an unconventional vacation. Jeremy writes with an mind bending process he seems to not want to leave you at rest until you’re dumbfounded by the story. We all need a vacation but where and who you spend it with is the big question. I am still bit puzzled as this wacky story does not leave you with a clear picture. I suppose watching fight club years ago did not either. The protagonist is slightly insane then again maybe even the author (I gathered that info from his twitter feed). This is my second novel I have read of his. I prefer Cursed by Jeremy this was a bit too bizarre for me maybe not you!
Surreal fightclubesque!

“Even now, as i’m writing this, as i’m attempting to block out the images, they’re popping and bursting inside me. I see the faces. I see the eyes.“What is this?” I say.
This is everything Mary Shelley’s monster did that she was too afraid to write down. This is Hemingway’s shattered romanticism.This is Mr. Hyde’s nightmare.“This is the world,” she says.There’s something worse than being tortured in hell. It’s being in hell, and left alone to Watch. And I thought I knew guilt”

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 12 August 2011

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