Hubris Fallsby Matthew S. Hiley
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Brian "Legs" Hamilton is a tortured, complex, intelligent young man. He is blessed to have some of the best friends a person could ask for. They consider themselves the greatest of philosophers, debaters, theologians, and adventurers. They are unafraid to conquer whatever the world may throw at them... whether it be free-climbing a thousand foot cliff, or attempting to smoke the largest joint known to man. After graduating from college, Legs and his friends embark upon one last road trip before they must face the real world... rafting the extreme rapids amidst the canyons of the Rio Grande River along the Mexican border as their final chaotic drug-fueled exploit. A five-day adventure that was supposed to be the best time in these young men's lives ends up as a nightmare that will haunt them forever. Hubris Falls is a darkly comic, very tragic, fast-paced, brilliant tale that will inhabit your mind long after the final page is turned.
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This is an excellent book that will make you sit back and consider the important things in life, especially relationships. The first thirty percent or so of the story delves into quite a few antics and the end results that a group of friends share over years of friendship. There constant mushroom eating, joint smoking, drinking of all kinds, and constant partying; yet this group of young men do find the time to debate such issues as racism, religion, and politics. Only one in the group is African American, so let your imagination run wild on how these debates play out. Their last road trip together after graduating from college turns into a life changing event not only for them, but for their families as well. They embark upon this last adventure as only the young and carefree are able to do, but they return as totally different individuals who have lost their innocence. This book made me sad and reflective, and I must admit that I did cry a few times. At some time in most of our lives we experience an eye opening experience, but you will agree, I am sure, that these young men had their eyes opened in one of the worst ways imaginable. I do recommend this book as a reflective tool; just be aware that even though there is an abundant amount of profanity the main point of learning from your mistakes and making the most out of life stands out so well.
For being almost four hundred pages, this was a fairly quick read. I found it to be from the author sucking me in by literally summoning out loud laughter. The subjects that he entwined into his story were all very subjective and controversial. It was approached with such delicacy, I never once thought it to be over done, or over opinionated. These topics are brought up in the story line through dialogue between a group of graduates who are on an adventure at the Rio Grande River. The dialogue between everyone couldn't have been any more realistic and genuine. The group of graduates have no respect for conventional rules, but it's not from a lack of education or defiance. They just have a "I don't care" attitude, resulting in drugs, and alcohol binges, the foundation to their in depth discussions. This is a great read, especially for recent graduates. I would highly recommend this to all my friends, and I rate it at a 5/5. With the various viewpoints of each character, you're bound to find yourself attached to at least one character and their viewpoints or ideals.
One last huzzah after cramming four years of college into five, Brian Hamilton and his friends ride off together on a rafting trip in an effort to thwart the real world for just a little while longer. The story evolves with a few flashbacks, a lot of stoner humor and man-child antics, but goes from darkly comedic to darkly life-altering just as fast as the rapids. In general I have really enjoyed all the Matthew Hiley books I have read, and while this was no different it was a bit of a departure from his other books. Still a lot of drugs and swears, but definitely more thoughtful, attacking issues head on instead of through satire. While I don’t know Hiley’s history, this story seemed more introspective, more personal. It is a well-crafted story that has long term implications for the reader, and forces you to confront issues that you might not have been expecting to deal with on a post-college river trip. If you enjoy challenging yourself this is not only a fast read but a thinker.
Brian Hamilton and his four friends were goof offs and pranksters in college. They came from money, but that didn’t help them to fit in. Immediately after graduation, they went on a whitewater rafting expedition. This was going to be their last hurrah before entering the work force. A turn of events caused it to be more. These guys reminded me of slackers that I went to school with. It was hard to feel sympathy for them, just knowing how they were, but the author did a great job of changing that. As with his other books, this one had me rolling on the floor laughing. Then, I cried just as hard later. Of the five friends, I’m glad that the story was told from Brian’s point of view. I don’t think the author could have done a better job on this one. It’s a must read.
Touching and hilarious. Great tale of friendship and loss. I loved it, even though the language was a bit harsh for me (I know that's the way kids really talk though). Sure to go down as a classic. Very well done.