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But not OXYGEN DEBT.
Its anti-hero, Clay Griffin, is a real mess. His bulbous nose juts out like a ship's full-sailed mast; his fattened cheeks are pitted with acne scars that cast shadows like a lunar relief map. ...
But not OXYGEN DEBT.
Its anti-hero, Clay Griffin, is a real mess. His bulbous nose juts out like a ship's full-sailed mast; his fattened cheeks are pitted with acne scars that cast shadows like a lunar relief map. He's got a mullet that he feathers with a dandruff-speckled plastic comb. He listens religiously to Bob Seger while he drives his fourth-generation 1978 Chevy Nova from his one-room apartment to a real dandy of a job--fishing pieces of meat out of an industrial-sized bone grinder at a meat packing plant in a fictitious Nebraskan town.
One day in the middle of this ugly monotony, Clay's boss summons him to his office and fires him. This spurs Clay to action. He declares war on his dead-end life. Hell-bent to turn things around, he heads west on a cross-country Odyssey where he gets pummeled by a golf club-wielding convenience store attendant, saved by Samaritans (who he subsequently steals from), taken under the wing of a corrupt foreman who abuses wayward Mexican day laborers, involved in an internecine turf war between opposing homeless shelter gangs under the stewardship of a tonsured Franciscan monk, and eventually mingled in a romantic relationship with an enigmatic woman, Karen.
Karen changes his life.
A world-class marathoner, Karen introduces him to the world of running. She helps him lose weight and gain confidence by training him to run his first marathon. She picks him up and builds him into something he's never become: fit, happy, and madly in love. Clay has never been happier, in fact. And so they got married and live happily ever after, right?
There's a lot more to Karen. And there's a lot more to Clay too. Read OXYGEN DEBT to find out.
Posted June 3, 2013
If you are a runner, you should read this book. If you are just starting to run but are committed to it, then you should definitely read this book. If you're a once a month park jogger, or you occasionally "run" on the treadmill at the Y for the 30 minute prescribed limit because others are waiting, or you're that person that bought the $140 pair of running shoes that the Dick's clerk suggested but they are still in your closet with 5 miles on them, then skip it - read the latest People or In Touch Weekly instead. Real runners will understand Clay's struggles, his fits and starts, and will find something and maybe many things in common with the dumb oaf that is Clay - "yup". You will also find an amusing tale, one that is pathetic, sad, funny, and twisted all at the same time. Enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2010
From the beginning of Oxygen Debt it's an absolute page turner. Great character development and fantastic storytelling. Funny and tongue in cheek at times. Absolutely witty. You know these people and have a great time with Larkin's play on words and crafty storytelling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2010
"Oxygen Debt" is an over-the-top, freak-you-out kind of story, and is oddly compelling with its descriptions of various outcasts, wannabes, and idiosyncratic, sidelined personalities of American society as well as the human expression of vengeance. Clay, an ex-con, Sci-Fi novel fan who works at a demoralizing meat packing job in a Nebraska factory, is fired for stealing from his company. Frustrated, unemployed, and rejected by the latest woman of his affections, he decides to hit the road and head towards California. His subsequent adventures - bizarre and horrifying - start to spell themselves out in terrifying speed, even as he struggles to improve his life. To say anything else would be a spoiler, but know that this is an original work, perhaps grotesque, but undoubtedly unique and memorable. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2010
This mind-blowing thriller is unlike anything I've ever read. The "protagonist," Clay is a repellent ex-con, Bob Seger loving loser who you will love to hate. When he loses his job a mid-west meat packing plant he decides to hit the road and seek his fortune in California. When he meets Karen, a world-class runner and fellow sci-fi fan, his life changes forever. This page turner kept me thinking about it long after I finished. Larkin's writing style is engrossing and original. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.