Sunday, January 08, 2006
06.01 Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel
Indecision (2005) by Benjamin Kunkel
I was given this book as a Christmas present from some readers who I know and respect. I think, however, that they were swayed in their purchasing decision by glowing reviews.
The book concerns a young man named Dwight Wilmerding who is an aimless, prep-school New Yorker. We follow his musing on life, family, relationships and basically any and everything that crosses his mind. Eventually he is let go from his wage-slave job as a sub-sub-contractor for Pfizer and becomes convinced that his chronic indecision is an affliction which, of course, he shares with his whole peer group.
A roommate who works in the pharmaceutical industry hooks him up with a trial version of a new drug, Abulinx, which promises to relieve him of this illness. The story then veers rather wildly as he decides on a whim to fly to Ecuador to try hooking up with an old classmate, the hot Dutch girl Natasha.
His final epiphany involves occurs in an indigenous drug induces haze with the beautiful, yet ambiguous, Briget from Belgium.
The tone of the book is very light and annoying at times. the author brings up some pretty heavy issues (politics, incest, philosophy) but plays them of in what can feel at times like a "I'm a well educated New Englander - who are you" tone. In many ways, his style reminded me of Nick Hornby (who I enjoy) or Dave Eggers (who I don't).
I don't think there is any special reason to take a look at this novel.
Posted by Jason L