Why I Committed Suicide

Why I Committed Suicide

by Sam Paul


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A stimulating read, a real page turner. Perfect for those nights when your girlfriend just left you for a sushi chef and stomped a hole in your heart with a spiked high heel shoe.

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ISBN-13: 9780595326952
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/11/2004
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.74(d)

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Why I Committed Suicide 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 1 year ago i started to cut myself im 13 now ,it was so stupid because my parents only cared for a week then shleped it off i have stoped because i realized its pointless and if i was gonna do it i would have so stay srong everyone and hold on because in time believe me it gets better whether its your family,friends or even boyfriend message me back just use my name "athena" thaaks(:
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am just going to comment of the actual writing style: it is similar to that of the incredibly talented Dave Eggars (A Hearbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), yet it definitely is not a copycat work--it is original in style and plot development, emotionally powerful, crude and raw--yet in a strangely tasteful and honest way and ironically---it is both proud and arrogant in its delivery--yet humble in the candid revelations of the flaws of the protagonist (the author, it is a memoir). The love story that the book centers around, is heartbreaking--yet humorous (sounds impossible---but read it yourself--I speak the truth, filled with metaphors and literary devices packed into an easy to follow, enticing read....Why I Committed Suicide is also filled with controversial social information that will make you think--about societal views of addicts and addictions, the penal system, and the numerous 'catch 22' traps that many never recover from, simply because they make one 'wrong turn in life'. This is a literary work that holds social significance, besides being an interesting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why I Committed Suicide- by Sam Paul ¿ a drug induced tragedy. This book about one mans journey and heartbreak into a decadent America, by the first time author Sam Paul is definitely a must read. The main character Sam, who is also the author, tells his story of finding himself during his college years in the town of Denton, Texas. After chasing a hippie lifestyle of following the Grateful Dead and doing an enormous amount of pot, LSD and journeying through middle America and Mexico, Sam finds himself way in deep with the love of his life and a heroin addiction. 'We passed lots of people going to work or coming home like a continual trail of ants sipping coffee from funny shaped cups and aluminum thermos. What the hell can they all be thinking? What is their purpose other than existing, is that what being alive is for? Work, relax, work, relax, repeat as needed until dead or move to Florida and drive badly and die.' ¿ quote from Why I Committed Suicide This is a love story of not the typical sort, Sam finally finds love only to lose it, and along with losing her he slips into the paradox of a junkie lifestyle, contemplating death. It¿s an honest look into the life of an addict and also into the soul of a man who committed an act that he himself could not forgive. The book also takes a look into the American penal system from the inside with great detail and honesty. It reflects what happens to many who get caught into the web of the prison system, and how hard it is to break free from the lures of a life of easy crime and hustling. Paul¿s writing style is that reminiscent of beat prose, he manages to catch vivid descriptions of each moment that heightened the situations. His word play keeps you page turning, an elaborate dedication to giants of drug soaked modern literature. 'All the voices we¿re talking all at once now and that¿s the thing about the voices. You either go mad or learn to sing a song that drives them mad first. Either way everyone thinks you¿re f%@king crazy. Maybe they are right. I was going f%@ing crazy. - quote from Why I Committed Suicide In comparison to other books of pop fiction, if you liked Fight Club, Catcher in Rye or On the Road, then this book is for you. It¿s symbolic of our generation and I think most young people in America can relate to some if not all of the story. There is even an internet rumor that it could be up for film adaptation. Read this book!! Help support the new voices of our generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great and crazy book!!! I¿m not exactly sure how to define where Why I Committed Suicide might fit into a conventional book niche but I guess what¿s most important is that it¿s a lot of fun to read. This freshman novel from Sam Paul took me on an intense thrill ride of situations and experiences that most of us would never believe. Written in the form of a personal journal but deeply layered with prose. It starts out innocently introducing us to Sam¿s life and his awkwardness, beauty and confusion of his intense young love of Jenifer. We grow with him, watching his day to day activities define his life. I deeply felt his aches and pain, joys and even his annoyances. Even at his worst I found myself rooting for him and oddly sympathetic to his plights. The middle of the book might seem to wander for a bit but it¿s only to set up an intense dramatic and wild conclusion. I was hungry to know the whole story and now that I¿m finished I appreciated re-reading some of the extra details so crucial in the pacing and character development. Once you begin the conclusion you won¿t want to put this book down!! The language is young and coarse, the drug use is hard and lamentable but the story is RIVETING. ~5 stars overall, buy it and share it with someone because you won¿t ever find this in Wal-Mart. Why I Committed Suicide is one of the best examples of fresh young writing I¿ve read in a long time.