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Flatscreen by Adam  Wilson
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Feb 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: just-your-average-family
Read from February 26 to 27, 2012

What do you do when you’re in the basement of life both literally and metaphorically? “Flatscreen” an uproarious novel from Adam Wilson considers this through the life and times of Eli. Told with no holds barred honesty by Eli the reader laughs and cringes as Eli slinks through life, still struggling to cope with his family being torn apart as a young kid (his family has done all it can to sweep it under the rug and not really deal with the issue), he’s become trapped in a slacker drug addicted stupor, without giving away anything it takes a dramatic event and even more staggering move from someone in his life to help move him forward. The novel could easily have sunk into a typical stoner narrative, he could have become a Wooderson (Dazed and Confused) caricature, however Wilson does a fine job of challenging the reader to see more depth into Eli and his life. While the reader is sure to laugh at Eli (at times laugh with him), ultimately the reader is pulling for Eli to begin to get out of the basement. The narrative is lively and at times delightfully raunchy, Wilson uses different and effective narrative forms, all through the voice of Eli, to create the structure of the novel.

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Reading Progress

02/27/2012 page 87
26.0% "Hysterical. Enjoying narrative structure."

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