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ISBN13: 9780312351748
ISBN10: 0312351747
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The only thing Shane cares about is leaving. Usually on a Greyhound bus, right before his life falls apart again. Just like he planned. But this time it's complicated: there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks she's his girlfriend, a rent-subsidized affair with his landlord's wife, and the bizarrely appealing deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically unstable dentist. When one of the women is murdered, and Shane is the only suspect who doesn't care enough to act like he didn't do it, the question becomes just how he'll clear the good name he never had and doesn't particularly want: his own.

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"If you can hang with Neilan's taste in rude jokes and non sequiturs, there's lots to like." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"If Camus and Bukowski had written A Confederacy of Dunces and combined it with the screenplay for Office Space, it would have been this book. A triumphantly, weirdly hilarious comedy." Neal Pollack, author of Never Mind the Pollacks

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"Neilan's wit is a razor that cuts and slashes mercilessly on every single page, in every single paragraph, so that your fingers will bleed even as the tears of laughter soak your face. So basically, you'll be reduced to a bloody, weeping mess, madly reading whole pages aloud as friends and family shake their heads and slowly back away." Jonathan Tropper, author of Everything Changes

Review:

"Comprising 50 percent sheer brilliance, 50 percent distilled cynicism, and 50 percent coronary-inducing humor, Apathy and Other Small Victories has more life, laughs, and story on every page than should be possible. A heartbreakingly funny paean to supercharged nihilism, it's the best book you'll read in years, and the funniest novel ever. If you don?t love it, there's something wrong with you, and if you do, there is also something wrong with you — but you won't care." Max Barry, author of Company

Review:

"[J]uvenile fun for undiscerning lads with two hours to kill." Booklist

Synopsis:

The only thing Shane cares about is leaving. Usually on a Greyhound bus, right before his life falls apart again. Just like he planned. But this time it's complicated: there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks she's his girlfriend, a rent-subsidized affair with his landlord's wife, and the bizarrely appealing deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically unstable dentist.

When one of the women is murdered, and Shane is the only suspect who doesn't care enough to act like he didn't do it, the question becomes just how he'll clear the good name he never had and doesn't particularly want: his own.

About the Author

Paul Neilan is working on getting fired from his mind-numbing job at an insurance company in Portland, Oregon, where he spends most of his time hiding in the bathroom and weeping. Born of this and many, many other humiliations, Apathy and Other Small Victories is his first novel.

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luluhs, April 17, 2009 (view all comments by luluhs)
I don't remember the last time (or ever!) laughing out loud to a book. I am buying this for all of my friends who understand me as well as for those who don't because maybe they will after they read this.
I think the only other author that cracks me up is David Sedaris. Awesome book!
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katherinemmoon, August 30, 2007 (view all comments by katherinemmoon)
Pretty much everything you've ever wanted to say but were too afraid of what people would think. You coward.
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gravey94, June 19, 2006 (view all comments by gravey94)

Not sure if Neilan has a secret longing to be like Palinchuck, but he might want the success of Palahniuk. This book is laugh out loud funny!!! That is, of course, if you have the wit and intellect to understand a well written dark comedy. If you need visual images for your humor, go rent a movie. If you want a hysterically funny and, at times disturbingly funny book, this is the one for you. Fair play to you Neilan!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312351748
Author:
Neilan, Paul
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Black humor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070626
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.13 x 5.00 in

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Product details 240 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312351748 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If you can hang with Neilan's taste in rude jokes and non sequiturs, there's lots to like."
"Review" by , "If Camus and Bukowski had written A Confederacy of Dunces and combined it with the screenplay for Office Space, it would have been this book. A triumphantly, weirdly hilarious comedy."
"Review" by , "Neilan's wit is a razor that cuts and slashes mercilessly on every single page, in every single paragraph, so that your fingers will bleed even as the tears of laughter soak your face. So basically, you'll be reduced to a bloody, weeping mess, madly reading whole pages aloud as friends and family shake their heads and slowly back away."
"Review" by , "Comprising 50 percent sheer brilliance, 50 percent distilled cynicism, and 50 percent coronary-inducing humor, Apathy and Other Small Victories has more life, laughs, and story on every page than should be possible. A heartbreakingly funny paean to supercharged nihilism, it's the best book you'll read in years, and the funniest novel ever. If you don?t love it, there's something wrong with you, and if you do, there is also something wrong with you — but you won't care."
"Review" by , "[J]uvenile fun for undiscerning lads with two hours to kill."
"Synopsis" by ,
The only thing Shane cares about is leaving. Usually on a Greyhound bus, right before his life falls apart again. Just like he planned. But this time it's complicated: there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks she's his girlfriend, a rent-subsidized affair with his landlord's wife, and the bizarrely appealing deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically unstable dentist.

When one of the women is murdered, and Shane is the only suspect who doesn't care enough to act like he didn't do it, the question becomes just how he'll clear the good name he never had and doesn't particularly want: his own.

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