The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand
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I don't really know how to explain this book. The concept of the story is good and new but it left me empty.
Adam has killed himself 39 times: "18 times by jumping (from bridge or building or other high place and once from the back of a truck), five by drowning, five by asphyxiation, four by poison/overdose, three by hanging, one by fire, one by gun, one by chain saw, and one by train" (page 9). Every time he comes back. He won't stay dead.
Why did Adam ...more
This one isn't for everyone, and for some, I think it will piss them off, not only from the subject ...more
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I don't know what it is about books with suicide, but when they end, I'm always left with this huge profound sense of peace. Does anyone else get that feeling, or is it just me? Maybe it's that the content is so out there, yet SO FREAKING true and sad that it makes me feel peaceful, because it usually doesn't end badly.
Maybe it's like philosophy, you know? I LOVE philosophy, but in an "argues with the greats, paranoid what if" kind ...more
Adam 39 kere kendini öldürüyor fakat yazıldığı kadarıyla yaşamak da istiyor. Kitap boyunca anlatılmak istenen ve anlatılan bu. İçinde güzel, düşündürücü diyaloglar da ...more
Seventeen-year-old Adam Strand is addicted to committing suicide. Bored, self-absorbed, and desperate to have some control over his own life, he has committed suicide thirty-nine times in seven years. Each time, however, he has awoken hours or days later, physically unscathed. By now, the people in Adam’s town, a bleak factory community in rural Iowa, have come to view his failed suicides as more of a nuisance than a miracle. Adam’s narrat ...more
*This is an ARC copy via Library Thing giveaway* 5 Stars!
Adam Strand is not depressed, mentally ill, or even suicidal despite what rational thought may suggest. He is just indifferent to life so he kills himself repeatedly only to wake up and try again. He’s not trying to purposely hurt those around him, but he also doesn’t care how they feel. He doesn’t care until someone, a girl, turns his own self absorbed world upside down.
For first half of the book I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Obvious ...more
Where to start? Ah, yes, the sensory imagery and language. Only rarely did Adam talk abo ...more
Here, Adam Strand experiences the latter. But although he kills himself...he never stays dead. What's brilliant here is that the reason for this is never explained. It's not that Adam Strand fails in his attempts to kill ...more
It would be easy to say this is a book about suicide, and it is, but it i ...more
First, I should state that this book is extremely exhausting to read. It's like Adam's whole death thing made me tired reading it or the thought of summer so I couldn't finish as fast as I would have liked to. Nonetheless, page 261 whispered to me to finish and so I did. It's a little plain and normal for me. Self-discovery didn't necessarily happen. It was like a change of mind all of a sudden. I think Gall...more
The writing. This book's prose is very poetic. Adam's musings about life, death, and the people around him are enlightening and insightful. I love books like this that hold a mirror up to your own life and the people in it, forcing you to see things from an entirely different perspective.
The questions. Adam brings up many interesting questions that stick with you long after the book is finished. Is one life more valuable than another? How can we know that? Why do bad things happen to go ...more
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Concerning his suicides, it seemed like they were listed in between scenes. He kills himself, then again…oh, and again. I didn’t care for the ...more
"The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand" doesn't attempt to explain the 'why', and instead chooses to focus on the consequences of Adam's deadly hobby of offing himself. The first person narrative had an end result is something that I like to call 'Diet Holden'.
But unlike Ho ...more
This book had such an interesting plot line, and it just fell flat. None of the characters were the least bit likeable, it felt like I was trudging through reading about Adam trudging through life. None of the characters had anything intelligent to say, or gave any kind of great meaning to the story or Adam's journey. The only character that was even somewhat interesting was the little girl who was sick. I feel that she was sloppily thrown into the story to finally make Adam rea ...more