The Ignored

The Ignored

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by Bentley Little
     
 

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Bob Jones is ordinary, from his appearance right down to his very name. No one seems to take notice of him, not his co-workers, his girlfriend, or even his own parents. But Bob learns he's not alone when he's taken in by a band of people that suffer similarly. Calling themselves "The Ignored", the deadly vengeance they intend to wreak is sure to make them more than…  See more details below

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Bob Jones is ordinary, from his appearance right down to his very name. No one seems to take notice of him, not his co-workers, his girlfriend, or even his own parents. But Bob learns he's not alone when he's taken in by a band of people that suffer similarly. Calling themselves "The Ignored", the deadly vengeance they intend to wreak is sure to make them more than just memorable.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
At first it seems like a stroke of good luck when Bob Jones lands a job for which he is clearly unqualified. But his luck turns strange as Bob steadily fades from the attention of his coworkers. Within weeks, his arrival at work is marked by the absence of morning hellos. Work that he hasn't done piles up and no one seems to notice. So when Bob comes to work in a clown suit with knife in hand, and no one raises an eyebrow, it doesn't take us long to realize that Bob has been trapped in the Kafkaesque world of the Ignored-and this is just the beginning. With his artfully plain prose and Quixote-like narrative, Little dissects the deep and disturbing fear of anonymity all Americans feel towards what seems to be a cruelly faceless world. What Little (Dominion) has created, is nothing less than a nightmarishly brilliant tour de force of modern life in America.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At first it seems like a stroke of good luck when Bob Jones lands a job for which he is clearly unqualified. But his luck turns strange as Bob steadily fades from the attention of his coworkers. Within weeks, his arrival at work is marked by the absence of morning hellos. Work that he hasn't done piles up and no one seems to notice. So when Bob comes to work in a clown suit with knife in hand, and no one raises an eyebrow, it doesn't take us long to realize that Bob has been trapped in the Kafkaesque world of the Ignoredand this is just the beginning. With his artfully plain prose and Quixote-like narrative, Little dissects the deep and disturbing fear of anonymity all Americans feel towards what seems to be a cruelly faceless world. What Little (Dominion) has created, is nothing less than a nightmarishly brilliant tour de force of modern life in America. (June)
A. Guran
Bob is an average, ordinary guy in his first job. He has an average, ordinary girlfriend. In fact, Bob is sonormal, so perfectly at the center of typicality that he is ignored by practically everyone. Bob seems to be fading into complete oblivion. He senses this happening and is deeply distressed.

Bob then meets Phillipe, another person similar to himself. Bob discovers he is not only ignored, but one of the Ignored. For the first time in his life he "belongs." The group of Ignored folks is so imperceptible to the rest of world they are almost invisible. Under the influence of Phillipe, the group decides to become "Terrorists for the Common Man" and seek recognition for themselves. These "terrorist" acts are, at first, fairly mild, but they become increasingly more violent -- after all, if you are totally ignored you can literally get away with murder.

Bentley Little offers an entertaining, but relevant take on contemporary American society. We all feel dehumanized in some respect, and Little plays upon our inner fears with a satirizing twist that is also darkly disturbing.

The Ignored is a departure from Little's previous, more traditionally horrific novels. In novels like The Revelation, The Summoning, University and Dominion, Little terrified with supernatural evil; in The Mailman and Evil Deeds he used evil incarnated as psycho-killers to scare us. The "evil" in The Ignored is not so easily defined, but Little's fast paced plotting, dark humor and memorable imagery still serve him well.

The Ignored is a singular achievement by a writer who makes the leap from the ranks of the merely talented to true distinction with this book. This one may become a classic.
darkecho.com

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ISBN-13:
9780451192585
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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