Dissecting in these entries everything from sex, squirrels, and the universe, amidst a backdrop of pornography and the local beaches, Wes begins to understand where he has gone wrong. But when the customers become increasingly violent, his drugged-out ex-girlfriend shows up, and his supervisor keeps handing out warnings, he begins to lose his grasp on reality. Jodi and the promise of a romantic love slip further away. The reader follows him through angst-filled emotional breakdowns, and his vague realization that amidst a world of sex and lust, the only thing that can save him is, well, love.
As the story begins, Wes is going through training and writing down everything he says and has said to him by his supervisor and the customers coming in to see where he goes wrong with day to day social interactions. He eventually opens up to the clientele and, more importantly, opens up to Jodi. Both of them frequent the local beaches to enjoy the change of scenery, and get wasted. These entries are followed by passages of introspection, delving into why Wes feels it would be wrong to get involved with anyone sexually. He meets a homeless man (Barnadine) who has chosen the dumpster behind the store as refuge. During this time, Wes finds his true voice and understands why he is unique and his confidence, for the moment, is restored in humanity and himself. He sees how laughable it is that someone should look so hard for meaning while sitting behind a counter at a sex shop. Too bad it doesn't last.
Is the world better off without Wes St. John? He'd say, Yeah.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Caterwauler" by Chris Masuda is an out-there book. If you're looking for a book jampacked with philosophy and the "whats and whys' of life, then this book is for you. Story takes place primarily in a sex shop, involving a young man searching for himself, with an emphasis on his ups and downs along the way. He meets a young girl, she works in the same shop, and slowly his life begins to turn around. But the book does have a positive message though. One section bothered me; it involved the young man speaking to an old man of the streets. Those 60 pages waxed and waned too philosophical for me. I had a lot of trouble wading through that. Overall, "Caterwauler" is very different from anything I've ever read. I rate this book 4 stars only because I had a tough time dealing with all the philosophy. Mr. Masuda keep writing, your stories are unique.