Eeeee Eee Eeee

Eeeee Eee Eeee

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“Tao Lin writes from moods that less radical writers would let pass—from laziness, from vacancy, from boredom. And it turns out that his report from these places is moving and necessary, not to mention frequently hilarious.”
– Miranda July, author of No One Belongs Here More Than You

“Tao Lin is the most distinctive young writer I've come upon in a long time: the most intrepid, the funniest, the strangest. He is completely unlike anyone else.”
– Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening

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 States of America, who lectures on the arbitrary nature of consciousness, truth, and the universe before getting drunk and playing poker.

“Tao Lin’s fiction will kick your ass and say thank you afterwards!”
– Amy Fusselman, author of The Pharmacist’s Mate

Blackwell North Amer
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 States of America, who lectures on the arbitrary nature of consciousness, truth, and the universe before getting drunk and playing poker.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Melville House, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781933633251
1933633255
Branch Call Number: FICTION LIN...T
Characteristics: 211 pages ; 19 cm

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Nov 20, 2011

This is a difficult book to review, because there is almost nothing in the way of plot, and it's written in almost a stream of consciousness style, with much repetition (made me think of Gertrude Stein).

It's mainly about a young man, Andrew, living in Florida after his parents have moved to Germany. He works for Domino's and thinks about his ex-girlfriend a lot. He's going through his life without a future, without friends, without family. Bears appear from time to time, and dolphins too. Hamsters near the end. Celebrity figures pop up, from Elijah Wood to Salman Rushdie. They don't do much. No one does much. Not much happens, and everyone is a little depressed.

So why did I like this book? It has to be the language, which is super straightforward, very basic. The appearance of the bears and dolphins, and their simple actions (the Bear often puts a blanket over someone or something; the dolphin always says "Eeeee eee eeee") adds a surreal humor to the story, if only because the reader is asking "what is going on here?"

In short, a very strange, but enjoyable book. I probably haven't convinced anyone that they should read this....

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