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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lars and W. return to complete Iyer's dialogic trilogy about these two "friends of thought." W.'s position at the university has been saved from termination by a legal technicality, but since they've still closed the humanities department in which he worked, he has been relegated to teaching the sports science students. The pair decide they must go on a lecture tour of Britain to witness the ruins of the humanities and the destruction of philosophy. Their journey, told in vignettes, alternates between W. frequently insulting Lars' intelligence-going as far as pointing out how Lars fits the 14 types of stupidity listed in Wikipedia-and W. lamenting his own lack of accomplishments, pondering his significance, and wondering if he should have left Britain like his former colleagues. There are amusing passages, like W.'s rumination on bovine intelligence or the question of why Lars must remove his trousers every time he visits W., but much of the banter becomes tedious with W.'s consistent abuse of Lars. Readers who are familiar with the first two books in the trilogy, Spurious and Dogma, will find the third just as entertaining, but those who are new to Iyer's work should probably start at the beginning.
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“The final volume in Iyer’s gloomily brilliant trilogy about a toxic friendship between unfortunate philosophy dons, boozing and bitching in the great tradition of Beckett’s double acts.” — The Guardian

“The humor cuts broad and deep.” — LA Review of Books

"Exodus, which follows Spurious and Dogma, is the eminently satisfying and unexpectedly moving final installment in a truly original trilogy about two wandering British intellectuals ---Lars and W., not to be confused with Lars Iyer and his real friend W., whom he’s been quoting for years on his blog --- and their endless search for meaning in a random universe, for true originality of thought, for a leader, for better gin." The Millions' most anticipated books of 2013

"The hilarious despair of his first two novels, Spurious and Dogma, seems to have touched a chord, each receiving near unanimous acclaim ... The comedy is a little blacker this time around, and the black a little funnier still." ---Totally Dublin

Praise for Lars Iyer’s Spurious and Dogma

“It’s wonderful. I’d recommend the book for its insults alone.” —Sam Jordison, The Guardian

“Uproarious.” —New York Times Book Review

“I’m still laughing, and it’s days later.”  —The Los Angeles Times

“Fearsomely funny.”  —The Washington Post

“Viciously funny.”  —San Francisco Chronicle

“A tiny marvel. . . . [A] wonderfully monstrous creation.”  —Steven Poole, The Guardian

“This novel has a seductive way of always doubling back on itself, scorching the earth but extracting its own strange brand of laughter from its commitment to despair.” —The Believer

Library Journal
The third in a series after Spurious and Dogma, this work offers a series of short vignettes involving two disillusioned academics on a philosophical tour of Britain. One is referred to as W. and the other, our narrator, is sometimes referred to as Lars. As they proceed from university to university they decry the death of philosophy and engage in clever criticisms about clever criticisms. Kierkegaard, Kant, and Deleuze as well as many other philosophers are repeatedly mentioned and considered. While the tone seeks to be light and jovial, the reading is ponderous. The work is enlivened by references to the movie Blade Runner and to the band Joy Division. However, a chunked-up narrative creates a sort of schizophrenic antinovel; there are brief moments of lucidity but the whole reads like a dissonant series of overlapping, overheard conversations. VERDICT A very challenging work, the mental equivalent of being slapped lightly in the face 50 or 60 times by academics posturing about academic posturing: only for the most intrepid.—Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612191829
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,409,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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