Apathy and Other Small Victories

Apathy and Other Small Victories

by Paul Neilan
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Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan

A scathingly funny debut novel about disillusionment, indifference, and one man's desperate fight to assign absolutely no meaning to modern life.

The only thing Shane cares about is leaving. Usually on a Greyhound bus, right before his life falls apart again. Just like he planned. But this time it's complicated: there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks she's his girlfriend, a rent-subsidized affair with his landlord's wife, and the bizarrely appealing deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically unstable dentist.

When one of the women is murdered, and Shane is the only suspect who doesn't care enough to act like he didn't do it, the question becomes just how he'll clear the good name he never had and doesn't particularly want: his own.

“The malaise of cubicle culture may be well-trodden comedic territory by now, but Neilan's debut skewers office life with a flourish for the grotesque.” —The Village Voice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312352196
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 475,883
Product dimensions: 5.01(w) x 7.13(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

PAUL NEILAN recently left his mind-numbing job at an insurance company in Portland, Oregon, where he spent most of his time hiding in the bathroom and weeping. Born of this and many, many other humiliations, Apathy and Other Small Victories is his first novel.

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Apathy and Other Small Victories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
jacmartol More than 1 year ago
WARNING! This book is not for those with a weak heart, a poor sense of humor, not a fan of sarcasm, and conservatives. Neilan is no holds bar. Nothing is off limits in this book, including jokes about pedophilia. Nelian's character, who's name I believe is only mentioned once, finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit, and moreso, he can't figure out why he's trying to prove his innocence. He's got a job in a cubicle, and spends most of his day napping in the bathroom stall. With memorable one liners, this book is literally laugh out loud funny. I found myself crying at some points because I was laughing so hard. An awesomely humorous read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I had tears streaming down my face, and my wife was looking across the living room at me like I was some kind of freak. If you are looking for a book that is insightful and thought-provoking, keep looking. If you want some crude, politically incorrect, entertaining text, grab this book. I thought Shane was just twisted enough to be made up and real at the same time. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the dark sense of humor, thats what many books lack, I've noticed.
KimmySue615 More than 1 year ago
Loved the humor throughout this book. Like many other reviewers, I was laughing out loud. The story does lose a bit of focus at the end. Even so, I still loved it and would recommend it to a friend.
Corey Young More than 1 year ago
great book. id buy it again.
MicroBio84 More than 1 year ago
Apathy and Other Small Victories beyond amazing! My boyfriend gave it to me read, and it is one of the best books that has ever been recommended to me. Neilan is a genius! It's a no hold's bar, dark comedy about an average guy living in an average society. I couldn't put it down. No book has ever made me laugh as much as this one; I found myself cracking up in public places. Shane is a brilliant character, and the other characters only add that much more to the humor and satire in the book. I would definitely recommend it if you haven't read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truly funny. I had to laugh out loud at the book causing my husband to look at me and wonder what was going on. Neilan is truly a gifted writer who knows how to make you become sympathetic with his main character all the while wondering if you actually know someone like this. Maybe even work next to someone like this. Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely fantastic. I found myself laughing outloud more often at this book than I do at most movies. Every character is so disfunctional you can't help but laugh at them, I definatly recommend picking this one up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down!! I've read many books where the suspense of the story captivates you, but in the case of Apathy, and Other Small Victories I was captivated by Shane¿s thoughts and responses. The tough part about reading it was that I constantly had to wipe the tears from my eyes because I was laughing so hard!! It¿s definitely not for those who live politically correct lives, although I imagine that even the most politically correct person will find themselves laughing hysterically (at least on the inside or in a dark alley when nobody¿s around) when they read some of Shane¿s antics! Neilan¿s writing and the idea of making Shane the story and his life experiences the supporting characters is reminiscent of John Irving¿s novels and Normal Mailer¿s Tough Guys Don¿t Dance. An incredible debut¿can¿t wait to see the follow-up!! The name Paul Neilan is most certainly going on my watch list!!
Anonymous 5 days ago
The book felt a little forced to me. A little unnatural. That being said it was still a good read and probably worth the time.
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Fun read
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The sarcasm, and dark sense of humor had me literally laughing out loud.... (atonally, of course) The plot was ok but it kept you guessing and laughing all the way through. Very similar to Chuck Palahniuk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a super great story, but more than makes up for it in humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book really funny this guy should write more books
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This is the only book I have ever readthat made me laugh out loud on nearly every page. Yes, its humor is vulgar and cinnical, but it is hillarious. If you need something to let you escape from the grind, or simply to laugh at the absurdity of life in the 21st-century, this is your book.
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discourseincsharpminor More than 1 year ago
The main character is a bit of a jackass, lazy, and almost perpetually drunk, but he's not a unlikable guy. If you are easily offended don't even bother with this book. If, however, you are the type of person who can enjoy odd, dark, socially unacceptable humor and people being taught to curse in sign language, this murder mystery/brutal snarkfest might be for you.
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