'Apathy and Other Small Victories' by Paul Neilan (2006)

Apathy and Other Small Victories - Paul Neilan

Paul Neilan, Apathy and Other Small Victories (New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2006), 231pp


Despite being a quick and easy read, this book is let down by a hazy plotline and the lack of even a single likeable character. Many of the laughs generated come from the protagonist's narration as he riffs on the despair of office and cubicle life and the depressing mundanity of our ordinary lives. However, the plotline is merely there to provide an excuse for riffing on these topics, and as such is never developed enough to warrant the reader's sustained interest. Similarly, none of the characters had much to recommend them, so that by the end of the book I really didn't care who lived and who died. But, I suppose, maybe it was the intention of the author for us not to care anyway. The book is called Apathy after all. But it makes it hard to write a review without stimulation, and makes the book rather forgettable.