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Ry of life There is nothing fascinating than a desperate yearning misanthropic humanist For when he's done with you in the pu. Dolan is a gifted essayist and idiosyncratic literary critic whose mordant humor makes his articles a joy to read He doesn't sustain that level of uality over the length of this entire novel really a memoir but the reader will find plenty of moments to remember The young Dolan of the 1970s is a loser but by no stretch of the imagination is he a lovable one and Dolan is at pains to make himself clear on that point in fact while he doesn't say so in so many words the very point of this novel is that the lovable loser is a lie and doesn't exist in real life

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Pleasant HellRgatory of Pleasant Hell you'll feel braver wiser alive and cleaner than you've ever been None of which of course he intended. Looking over the other reviews reveals how tempting it is to rate this book 4 stars Dolan's prose is effortlessly brilliant it seems to flow so easily that when Dolan stutters as all writers do it's instantly remarkable On the other hand very few books and almost no contemporary books are able to sustain the sort of uality Dolan displays here 5 stars despite that this is also a narrative failure this is a beautiful failure

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Pleasant Hell review ç eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë You'll laugh You'll cry You'll feel angry ecstatic scared sad enlightened You will feel the disturbingly awesome terrible glory of life There is nothing fascinating than a desperate yearning misanthropic humanist For when he's done with you in the purgatory of Pleasant Hell you'll feel braverYou'll laugh You'll cry You'll feel angry ecstatic scared sad enlightened You will feel the disturbingly awesome terrible glo. Pleasant Hell was really good one of the most psychologically acute books about the Love Generation's preterites written If you've read something like The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao then I would say this is similar in that their protagonists are both completely obtuse dorks but Dolan's writing style is way better Not only is he really good at finding clever metaphors so much so that it was noticeable he's one of those writers where you find yourself pausing at the end of paragraphs to go hmm that's a clever way of putting things but this was much unflinching with the honesty to admit that ultimately there's nothing noble about being a total loser even if it did give him an interesting perspective on the world He grew up in the Bay Area when it was at its peak in the late 60s and early 70s the most artistically creative and influential part of the whole country and he ruefully admits that he simply wasn't cool enough for it and suffered through the kind of lovingly described inner turmoil only true nerds can summon I thought it was a great look at a side of that scene you don't often see not everyone was in a psychedelic rock band and scoring drugs like they were scoring women and what was life like for those preterite losers He makes the miserable pathos of his nerdhood come alive hilariously dissecting his own failures with work women and the world around him with a sharp eye for all of the minor nuances around him and a way of summing up people in a few words that you don't find very often In particular his way of describing his own adolescent fantasies of power and revenge manages to be both funny and disturbing and pathetic and somehow almost lovable