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  • Gritty, compelling, and extremely insightful

    Melancholy is defined as "a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression" or "sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness". Both of these definitions apply here. These are the ramblings of a disturbed mind - on the face of it, a sex addict with a narcissistic personality. Our narrator sees a psychiatrist regularly, is on medication, and has been diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder. His behavior is, at times, extremely disturbing; he describes himself as a predator, on the hunt for vulnerable girls at the park, shopping centre, bookshop, or supermarket. But how much is real? And can our seemingly unreliable narrator even be trusted? In a manner similar to Robert Burton's 1621 book of the same name, The Anatomy of Melancholy addresses a number of different topics in a satirical, stream of consciousness style. We find short essays on such varied topics as street violence, tits, traffic, the Underground, art, monogamy, earphones, penis size, waiting, smoking, employment, computers, television, war, shopping centers, fear, internet porn, vending machines, and the library. This is a social commentary on the millennial generation. Our narrator is unemployed, still living at home with Mum, constantly surfing the net while deriding television, engaging in casual sex with multiple partners, and always on his laptop or computer - or even both at the same time. Is his melancholy caused by this constant interaction with an alternate reality, or is his internet addiction a direct result of his melancholy? An interesting conundrum. Gritty, realistic, compelling, and extremely insightful. Warnings: extremely coarse language, sex scenes, drug use, violence. I received this book in return for an honest review.

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