Please by Peter Darbyshire Online

Please
Title : Please
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ISBN : 9781551925622
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208

Please chronicles the life of an emotionally numb man who drifts through a hallucinatory world of parties filled with celebrity wannabes, addictive relationships, and jobs that demand he become someone other than who he is. Both a dark satire of the contemporary obsession with the “mediascape” and a sophisticated critique of an increasingly uncaring society that offers fanPlease chronicles the life of an emotionally numb man who drifts through a hallucinatory world of parties filled with celebrity wannabes, addictive relationships, and jobs that demand he become someone other than who he is. Both a dark satire of the contemporary obsession with the “mediascape” and a sophisticated critique of an increasingly uncaring society that offers fantasy in place of real experience, this first novel by a rising talent paints a compassionate picture of one man’s search for something real to embrace in life.


Please Reviews

  • Bonnie

    4 starsRecommendedMy first thought after reading this book was that -- much as I had enjoyed the read -- this is not a novel, even though it follows a single character through a series of events. So before writing a review, I decided to investigate further. I came across an interview by Michael Bryson, publisher/editor of The Danforth Review, where Bryson posed the following: PLEASE is being sold as a novel, but I felt it was clearly a linked short story collection…. How does “novel” fit i [...]

  • Joe

    This is one of the most refreshing, highly readable, laugh out loud novels I have read in a long time. The only fault I can find is it's too short. I found myself reading slowly in order to make it last. Each chapter in itself can stand alone as a short story and they brilliantly come together as a whole. The main character is this down on his luck chronically unemployed twenty-something guy who pines over his wife who has divorced him. Through flashbacks to the past we learn about his wacky rel [...]

  • Natasha

    Please is, as others have said, a collection of short, somewhat related stories more than a novel. I could have liked it, and there were parts that I really did like for their humour and absurdity. Ultimately, though, these parts were few and didn't exactly add to the overall story. Actually that's what was lacking-- an overall story. Whether you view it as a novel or a collection of stories, there should be some sort of driving force. I couldn't find it. The protagonist is lonely and depressed [...]

  • Sleepless

    This one's a tough one. This book is great, it really is. It hits you hard. It's quite the critique on modern society, on the ridiculousness of our lives. I liked it. This book flows like a series of short episodes that compliment each other, creating one united whole. I guess I wasn't completely in the right mindset for this book, which hurt my enjoyment of it.

  • RainbowOwl24

    My absolute favorite book. I have been in love with it since I discovered it many years ago. I have re-read this more times than any other book I can think of. Its a series of crazy stories told by the main character that makes you feel as though you are just having a conversation with a friend over drinks. Absolutely recommend to everyone.

  • Gill

    Didn't like this one at all, and gave up on it about half way through, which I very rarely do. Much too random, reminded me of the stream of consciousness in Ulysses (which I never managed to finish either).

  • Bibliothèque Edmundston Library

    Want to find out more ? Just visit the New-Brunwick Public Library catalogue ! (Canada) nbpl.entrsidynix/clien

  • Nicole Goh

    UHHH this a bit too rated i think i should stop reading ahahha

  • Sheri

    Very odd But very good.