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The Sorrows of Young Mike

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“‘The Sorrows of Young Mike’ is a deeply human story that explores one man’s struggle to find balance between his intellect and his libido, his compassion and his selfishness.”
-The Aspen Daily News

Thoughtful yet spontaneous, self-aggrandizing and hopelessly philosophical, Mike would like to find out if the earth really is round. During his four-month voyage around the pla
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Jonathan Ashleigh
May 27, 2015 Jonathan Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
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As an avid Oscar Wilde fan, I never thought I could find solace in a contemporary writer. I’m not sure I have, but my interest has been sparked. This little piece of writing has taught me things about myself that I am not sure I wanted to know. What “The Sorrows of Young Mike” says about love and Goethe and parody will change the way I read novels in the future.
Samantha Gliwa
Aug 18, 2015 Samantha Gliwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel as if I should be angry with Mike. He seemed to have all the privileges in life that most do not, yet can't be truly happy. I believe he's asking a question about life that there is no answer to and his mind is his own worst enemy.
Sam Denny
Aug 29, 2014 Sam Denny rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis or Bright Light, Big City by Jay McInerney then you will enjoy The Sorrows of Young Mike. John Zelazny takes a modern prospective on entitled youth and the follies they endure. The book can be dark at times but Zelazny balances the dark subject matter with his great sense of humor and pessimistic but hilarious take on the world. He has a gift for bringing to life the various countries Mike visits on his journey around the world and you ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through his vivid descriptions and enticing storyline, Zelazny engulfs his audience in a sea of emotion. “The Sorrows of Young Mike” epitomizes the true essence of young love and its pivotal role in one mans journey around the world. Mike’s multidimensional character inspired a passionate response within me. While unlikable at times, due to his thoughtless and egocentric behavior, Mike develops into a character that is deeply relatable. Zelazny arouses genuine emotion through the use of Mike and ...more
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This book did not waste my time.
Apr 14, 2015 Bob rated it liked it
Fast and entertaining read.
Sep 24, 2015 Daniel rated it did not like it
Maybe I'm not young, dumb, and in love? Maybe I don't like parodies? Or maybe the characters are just so vain, unintellegent, uninspired, surface-level - even the "deep thinking" Michael for which the title takes it's name? Maybe that was the point of this novel? Regardless, to compare this book to the rather great Bret Easton Ellis is an utter shame. Considering the high marks I expected much more. Wholely predictable on every level from beginning to end. Sorry John Zelazny, but I guess to each ...more
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John Zelazny is locked up in a cabin deep in the Rocky Mountains fighting the urge to disconnect himself. While still among us, he wishes to capture a novel, via parody, in every classic style he believes to be great. For his first - he would like to present a parody of an adolescent love story. Hopefully his second novel will come to him with slightly less anguish.
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“Read this book ... but understand it’s fiction. And let life be ... your most important addiction.” 5 likes
“I just want a soft creature with shiny eyes to lay with in the dark, the glint of her eyes reflected back at mine, a last few whispers, a kiss goodnight, to calm me down but most of all … to make me feel alive when morning shines.” 5 likes
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