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Confused yet intelligent animals attempt to interact with confused yet intelligent humans, resulting in the death of Elijah Wood, Salman Rushdie, and Wong Kar-Wai; the destruction of a Domino's Pizza delivery car in Orlando; and a vegan dinner at a sushi restaurant in Manhattan attended by a dolphin, a bear, a moose, an alien, three humans, and the President of the United ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Melville House
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Jacob
I read this book and was completely frustrated by it. Imagine this, boring suburban kid drives around and has musings and thoughts that are as equally engaging. Add some dolphins and maybe a bear. The dolphins are homicidal. The bear is depressed. There might be aliens at the end. The president. It sounds good in the abstract but the execution is lacking. The writing is not engaging. Also, I saw Tao Lin read at The New Yipes in Oakland. I ate one of his grapes when he wasn't looking. I talked to ...more
Danielle
This book was truly godawful. Hipster pretention at its absolute worst. I went in honestly expecting to like this-- I was incredibly optimistic. The optimism began to wane several dozen pages in, and finally I only finished it out of determination to WIN over this piece of crap. And once I WON, I threw it across the room in frustration.

If this book had a face I would punch it.
Noah Cicero
I think I might have been the first person to read this book except for tao lin: that makes me better than a lot of other people: when I read this book, my penis grew very hard, I broke a wooden table with my penis: Tao Lin wrote this book in a library and maybe in nowhere PA, in a town with a place called "Ming Moon" I ate there, he told me about his childhood and how he loved the song, "Sweet Home Alabama", he said he liked to replace the word "Alabama" with Florida, cuz he is from Florida you ...more
Angie
Mar 26, 2008 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who need people
Recommended to Angie by: whoever designed the cover
I read this book in sporadic one-hour installments during trips to a nearby Barnes & Noble. The Barnes & Noble has four floors. On the second or third floor, there's a café with a big sign at its entrance prohibiting patrons from bringing in food from outside vendors, but on the fourth floor, where the fiction is, I can sit on the floor or in a folding chair in the section where readings are held and eat anything I want. That’s not true; technically, I can’t eat in these places, but no o ...more
Brent Legault
Let me first say that I love and admire the title of this novel. I love and especially admire that each line of e's is a different length: 5, 3, 4. I can't explain why this appeals to me.

Next let me say that the design of this book, inside and outside, is nearly sublime. A notch below sublime. Subsublime. Melville House has a knack for these things.

I think I love and admire the title for its asymmetry but I don't know why asymmetry should appeal to me more than symmetry.

It just does.

Now, the n
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Jimmy
Jul 11, 2014 Jimmy marked it as partially-read
I submitted this to Better Book Titles today. Hope they'll accept it:



It's just a joke :) no hard feelings, Tao fans!
snackywombat (v.m.)
Mar 19, 2008 snackywombat (v.m.) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Whales
Reading Tao Lin's novel is like going on an acid trip led by Thomas Pynchon and Richard Scarry. This book is determined to take you places and it will not be content with your contentedness. Not something to curl up with, rather it's something you read and hope that the subway doesn't come because you are not sure if you are going to be able to pick back up where you left off. Yet it comes and you open the book back up and you think: well, I wasn't quite sure what was going on anyway. There is s ...more
Andrea Woessner
Sep 12, 2007 Andrea Woessner rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: binned
The dumbest book ever. I had such high hopes, and it was awful. There was nothing clever or funny about it. It was just irritating. I think I quit about 40 pages in.
Dane Martin
I like words. I like books that arrange words in nice ways. I borrowed this from the library because, at first glance, it seemed to arrange words in interesting ways. I thought it felt brisk and pleasant and lightly weird. What I fell into was a nasty, disgusting, violently awful world that felt like a Marcel Dzama painting and a Blaise Larmee comic without heart simultaneously exchanging picturing of glittering pandas on tumblr. It hurt really bad to read this. It made me want to live my life i ...more
Tfitoby
Aug 28, 2012 Tfitoby rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: lit
I had no preconceived notion of this book, my third experience of Tao Lin. I loved Shoplifting from American Apparel yet Richard Yates gave me a headache. Having already bought all of the novels I thought I should definitely keep reading in the hope that something else marvellous may happen. But nothing really did.

It's experimental literature, it doesn't lend itself to traditional terms such as enjoy or plot but it does make an attempt to be one of my favourite types of fiction - human study thr
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Patrick
Whenever the author approaches something that could be an interesting story line, he interupts it with dolphins, bears, moose, and/or hamsters. However, he did use very good punctionation, so he has that going for him.

I am not sure if I am most angry at the author for writing it, the publisher for publishing it, or Meera for suggusting it.
Jasmine
Okay so a third book review in just a few days, not bad for how far apart they have recently been.

This book is closer to Zachary German than Lin's novella. It is also a lot closer to andersen prunty. In a way it reads a lot like zerostrata, why is no one noticing that having a conversation with a bear is weird. I mean they do notice giving half your pay to a dolphin is weird, but really why is the dolphin not in water. But really do we care? I think not.

Unlike his other book temporal integrity
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Pernille
Jun 24, 2007 Pernille added it
Recommends it for: you
Shit-eating grin is probably my favorite quote ever.

I like Andrew and the way he thinks. I think the way Tao Lin portrays people and their thoughts is very similar to how people think in real life, they just don't express it out loud. I recognized a lot of my own thoughts and feelings in the book.. but they are things I didn't think the rest of the world were walking around thinking as well.
Not everyone is like that of course. But while the book is about depressed, lonely people it is also stran
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Matt
Aug 24, 2007 Matt rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: stoners
The reviews for Tao Lin's work have been extraordinary, so I must be a damned idiot. Some kind of story line, syntax, sympathetic character, action, resolution, or point would have been appreciated. If Tao Lin wants to write about his own nihilistic philosophy, he should not do it under the guise of legitimate fiction. Oh, and there are moody, talking bears and dolphins.
Jennifer
This is the worst book i've ever read. It was as non-sensical as a dream. A bear suddenly appears in your car and talks to you......but it wants to detonate a bomb somewhere with your help...and in the meantime you have a crush on some girl you work with. Noooo...i couldnt take it.
Greg
Absurd, depressing and sincerely insincere. Plus there is a Jawbreaker quote, which is awesome because there are never any Jawbreaker quotes in books.
Brandon
Aug 12, 2007 Brandon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: high school kids
i laughed alot and was happy when i read it. i finished it in like an hour.
Danger
This is my favorite book with only vowels in the title.
Hadrian
I can't even articulate by disappointment and frustration with this book properly, it's left me too scatterbrained. It somehow manages to be both over-saturated with surreal gimmicks, and somehow also deadening and dull. I am tempted to send a copy to Harold Bloom so that he can pontificate about the death of the novel.

I'm not sure if I can call it worthless. It's ... empty.
C.B. Daring
Aug 16, 2007 C.B. Daring rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Art school students
Shelves: not-worth-it
It's quite possible this book just went over my head...or it's possible that this book has nothing at all of interest to offer. I was once an Art school student and maybe the book would have "spoken" to me at that point, but I was also in high school and a self-indulgent little brat.
Joe Carroll
You know those books you see and buy in a single impulse? They either turn out to be gems plucked from the rubble, or rubble plucked from other such rubble and having just finished Tao Lin's 'Eeeee Eee Eeee' I don't know which of these it is.

The book is only very short,I read it in 3 day's worth of train journeys, so I certainly don't feel I've lost any precious hours. However I'm not sure exactly how much I've gained from reading it.

The reading process best resembled a piano metronome; my feeli
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Matt Walker
My copy is missing pp. 33-64. Pages 153-184 are duplicated where 33-64 should be. I need to get a new copy.

Always, always, always check to make sure a book's pages are all there and in order before you buy it.

This happened six years ago when I read White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Since then I have never been able to turn a page in a book without checking the page numbers to make sure that the page I'm turning to is the correct number.

Since it's been more than 30 days since I bought this, I can't ret
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Derek
Sep 21, 2007 Derek rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of postmodern absurdity
Shelves: read-fiction
This book is definitely worth reading. It's a quick read and contains some of the most novel writing I have ever seen. I assure you that you will stop at least once and think "I have never seen a sentence like that in my entire life". That's a gratifying feeling. But there is a lot of literary value to this book-- see below:

This book is to absurdity what Super Flat Times is to nausea. Both are examples of what happens to characters who are stuck in a world apparently devoid of meaning and signif
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Magick Stallion
When will this trend end??

Yet another 20'somethin' yr old author who writes like the modern version of Bret Easton Ellis...texting.
Formulaic, contrived, a big yawn.

Tao's style is kitsch, embarrassingly kooky and off-beat, snarky and obvious that owes more to the ironic images on 50/50 t-shirts in canary yellow and soccer green of robots administering enemas, ham sandwiches, coyotes obscured in a cloud of mist, or anything equally as 'tongue in cheek' and 'indie' screen printed on them that you f
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Nathalie
I was somehow sure Eeeee Eee Eeee was a comedy: talking bears and dolphins, killing of famous guests, colour-happy cover and a weird and intriguing title. It actually is a rather depressing book about emptiness, feeling empty and having no purpose in life. Each character - including the beasts - is either depressed or about to die.
As for the form, it is not so much a novel as poetry in a form of a novel, which I always find hard to get into whoever the author is.
If you feel adventurous though,
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Jeffrey
Aug 13, 2007 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Murakami Fans
Shelves: regularnovels
I thought I'd like Tao Lin's short stories better, but his novel is still kind of like a collection of short stories that happen to make up a narrative. Bears trying to lure people into caves and dolphins hitting people ove rthe head, so a dash of magical realism fun, but still Lin's trademark thoughtful philosophies, including a musing on the meaning of life at the end. Good stuff.
Ramona
extremely strange and depressing yet wonderful at the same time.
Eugene
Eeeee Eee Eeee gets better than it starts. it starts with the reputed tao or the expected tao lin, which is a kinduv updated beavis-&-butthead routine. constant defensive mockery coupled with surreal episodes that function as escape chutes out of narratives that have veered too close to actual confession. ...a dead-on description of a painful and common moment of (contemporary?) early adulthood: boredom and angst and suicide... "how do you have fun?" is the book's repeated question. a famil ...more
Alien  Citizen
Oct 01, 2008 Alien Citizen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers of postmodern prose and people who might become readers of postmodern prose
The apathetic state of the characters is, in my experience, reflective of the general state of things in America with young and old. People have little sense of purpose beyond simply being and go in whatever direction they are blown. Thus the state of being, for those still thinking at all, becomes a curious and questionable state and right and wrong actions merge in an indistinguishable cacophony of notes to choose from as easily as toys in a playground.
Additional note (10/01/08) - Onomatopoeia
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Heather Thomas
It made absolutely no sense to me.
I like nonsense.

Here is the story of me purchasing this book:

"Can I help you find anything?"

"Yes, a book."

"Ok, what is the name of the book?"

"Eeeee eee eeee"

-Looks at me as if I am not alright-

"I'm not just making random noises, that is really the name of the book."

"Do you know who the author is?"

"I don't remember. But I think the title goes: five e's, three e's, four e's, if that helps"

-here the guy makes a noise between a light chuckle and an exasperated scoff
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