Limp is the darkly hilarious story of Simon Eli Vella's epic battle with crippling introversion, substance abuse, and social anxiety.
As a child, Simon is convinced there is something wrong with him. He is plagued with illness, has a nose shaped like a mountain range, and a distracting voice in his head is hell-bent on ruining his life.
Thus begins his desperate search for normality.
As a young adult Simon finds peer-group acceptance in alcohol and recreational drug abuse, triggering a rapid descent into a social underbelly where lurid clothing, incongruous piercings and hazardous hairstyles are the norm.
But he soon discovers a most unwelcome side-effect of his drug use: a resolutely disobedient penis.
At an age that should mark the peak of his sexuality, Simon struggles to comprehend his flaccid appendage. After a binge-related visit to the emergency ward, he finally initiates some desperate lifestyle changes in the hope of exorcising his past demons.
However just as his dream of normality appears within grasp, multiple unexpected challenges suddenly converge on Simon, pushing him to the brink of sanity. These culminate in a tense appearance in the Supreme Court of Victoria, and a legal judgement that will alter the course of his life...
Get ready for a massively entertaining read that is part travelogue, part love story, and part thriller. Teeming with self-deprecating wit, Limp will take you on a funny, compelling and unpredictable journey that shows how everything we experience in life-every flaw, every fault, every ripple and tectonic shift-can lead to the place of our dreams.
"Comically chronicles a youth filled with social anxiety, drug abuse, and shiftless meandering. Impressive...satisfying...a humorous, free-wheeling account of youthful indiscretions." --Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
Simon Eli Vella is a reformed recreational drug addict and former club DJ, who now leads a beautifully boring life as a part-time author and full-time loathed cog in the capitalist machine of a major bank. He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his neuroticism and a very patient wife, and the ever-looming risk of abnormal situations disturbing his mundane existence.
His debut memoir, Limp, humorously chronicles his battle with extreme introversion as a child, and his maladjusted young adulthood.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Limp is a wonderfully apt title as it encompasses everything in the narrator's life. Australian debut author, Simon Eli Vella, chronicles his life starting with his childhood in Melbourne as an extremely introvert boy with no self-confidence. Completely lacking energy or motivation, he finds remaining passive, the simplest way to be pushed through life. Growing up and wanting to fit in somehow, he discovers that "normal" interactions with people become easier under the influence of recreational drugs and plenty of booze. As a side effect, he then has to cope with his impotence, some difficult relationships, and a hilarious lawsuit. Always looking for the path of least resistance, Simon stays in education for as long as possible and then drifts from job to job before finally "growing up" in his forties. This was a very humorous memoir with several laugh-out-loud moments and I admire the author's candor. It was very readable, but at times, I found it a little too light considering some of the rather serious topics (mental health, drug and alcohol abuse). I loved Simon's Mum and Dad with their laissez-faire parenting while always being there for him and supporting him when needed, but also happy to give their uncensored opinions on their son's choices. Overall, an engaging and entertaining memoir.