What's the saddest irony in life

The sad irony of a messed up existence


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Based on the great American storytelling tradition, Ted Thompson succeeds in letting the sad irony of this ordinary messed-up existence emerge in the reader's mind. All of this is actually almost as bitterly portrayed as in the great Richard Yates, his novel Times of turmoil yes provides the archetype for all failed American dreams of life. Where the young author got this great life experience from must remain his secret. According to the publisher's information, his life has so far mostly taken place in a sweaty writing seminar milieu.

Full of life and tired of life

Ted Thompson has carefully researched the context of the current financial crisis. His anti-hero, who has fled the financial sector, is struggling with two mortgages that he took on the house in which his ex-wife has recently been living with his new partner. The drug careers of the younger generation also seem to correspond to current consumption habits. So there is a lot of current reality in this life-saturated or tired work.

Land of habit is a reflection of the crisis, a reflection of the consciousness of the American middle class after the crash. Even if the plot degenerates a little frivolously towards the end and the motivations of the characters lose some of their credibility, that doesn't damage the impression that a young author has delivered an impressive test of his storytelling talent.