Sunday, March 7, 2010

Review: The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris (Audiobook)

Joshua Ferris' debut novel Then We Came to the End was both heralded by critics and a New York Times bestseller, and marked the arrival of a startlingly talented young writer. With THE UNNAMED, Ferris imagines the collision between one man's free will and the forces of nature that are bigger than any of us.

Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life. Tim has a loving family, a successful law career and a beautiful suburban home, all of which he maintains spectacularly well until his feet start moving again.

What drives a man to stay in a marriage, in a job? What forces him away? Is love or conscience enough to overcome the darker, stronger urges of the natural world? THE UNNAMED is a deeply felt, luminous novel about modern life, ancient yearnings, and the power of human understanding.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets one star. The book just threw you into the story the moment it began with no explanation, no background, no nothing. You were just here in this bizarre scene with no idea what the heck was going on. It didn't improve from there. It was so strange I actually had to Google the book to find out what the heck was happening since the book didn't explain it. I was left confused, and frankly annoyed by the story. It was just so surreal and nothing was explained. The only up side of the entire thing was that it was read by the author, which made it marginally more tolerable, although my overall experience with the book left me wondering just what I'd experienced. I felt almost like Rachel in the Friends episode making a trifle and the cookbook pages getting suck together. I can't recommend this unless you already have experience with the author's work.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It


Diane said...

GEZZZ...maybe it's the day for bad audio books. I just listened to an awful one too.

Sorry this did not work out for you.

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