How I Became Stupid

How I Became Stupid


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How I Became Stupid by Martin Page

Ignorance is bliss, or so hopes Antoine, the lead character in Martin Page's stinging satire, How I Became Stupid'a modern day Candide with a Darwin Award-like sensibility. A twenty-five-year-old Aramaic scholar, Antoine has had it with being brilliant and deeply self-aware in today's culture. So tortured is he by the depth of his perception and understanding of himself and the world around him that he vows to denounce his intelligence by any means necessary-in order to become 'stupid' enough to be a happy, functioning member of society. What follows is a dark and hilarious odyssey as Antoine tries everything from alcoholism to stock-trading in order to lighten the burden of his brain on his soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142004951
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2004
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 490,257
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Page was born in 1975. He is a student of anthropology. This is his first novel.

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How I Became Stupid 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Reminds me of Twain or Vonnegut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this book several years ago and fell in love with it. This is by far the most entertaining read about the plight of the intelligent in todays society. Needless to say I was very upset when I realized that my book had vanished so now I must purchase a new edition. I highly recommend this to anyone who feels like they don't fit in because of their mental capacity, or who find entertainment in watching idiots.
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DC21 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first half of this book. Very funny, very good writing. Towards the end, Antoine starts to show intelligence as something snobby rather than something to covet. Although I did enjoy the book, the second half sort of instructs the reader to become a hardcore liberal rather than focusing on the loneliness and uniqueness that comes with being smart.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book and it looked interesting enough so I picked it up. I'm so glad I did. The subject matter is unique, out there, and fresh, yet there is something about the character that you can identify with. Comically depressing at points, it offers a new perspective on serious emotions, and I found myself laughing at, loathing, and relating with the character all at once. His conflict is both absurd and credible, and makes for a great, short read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't bore you, teaches you something, makes you laugh, and the fact that many details aren't included isn't a big deal, for they are futile in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The synopsis on the back cover attracted me to this work. I thought it would be a funny/satirical social critique, which it certainly had room for given the subject matter. Unfortunately, the work was actually a compilation of cheap, detached, predictable jokes and absurdity. Very disappointing.