Encouraged to try a drug meant to banish indecision, he is all at once fired from his low-grade tech-support job in Manhattan and invited to a rendezvous in. Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he’s having a midlife crisis. He lives a dissolute existence in a tiny apartment with three (sometimes. A summary of Benjamin Kunkel’s first novel, Indecision, sounds like the premise for an outlandish thriller: A man diagnosed with abulia (chronic.

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When you’re making a connection with the reader, it’s kind of okay to have such shallow characters; they are there mainly to serve their purpose anyway, connecting smaller pieces to the greater whole. It just didn’t work. Rick was saying that, and adding this sick little smile all his own. I am so sick of reading about the east coast bourgeois, and anything about generation whine, both of which, as a west-coast millennial, I find not in the least bit relatable and entirely contemptible.

The charm and surprise of Indecision make it eminently worth reading. What was that all about? He lives a dissolute existence in a tiny apartment with three sometimes four slacker roommates, holds a mind-numbing job at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and has a chronic inability to make up his mind.

But that’s not fair. But christ, where do I even begin. However first I would need to find a town in Vermont, and a job there. You almost wish it wasn’t, because at least that wouldn’t have been such a cop out.

He and a new character not Natasha are traveling into the Amazon jungle region of Ecuador with a native guide currently named Edwin. I think that’s a model for how everything works out in the end. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


The trouble with your mother and me is that we’d exhausted our illusions. I feel like I’ve been in a quarter-life crisis for like 15 years! I could go on, but it’s not worth it. Do you think this tendency is an exaggeration of the way we all think about our actions, or did you mean this guy to be qualitatively different?

Down Ecuador way

In the blurb, I spotted the word “Ecuador” and some general rambling about a chronic indecisive something having a quarter-life crisis brought on by disillusionment with his life which he decides to solve by traveling to an unknown country on a whim. Why shouldn’t people insecision “defective” characters be able to “fix” the problem pharmaceutically?

Mar 21, Cristina rated it did not like it. Aug 30, Minutes.

Like David Copperfield, Dwight Wilmerding becomes the hero of his own life; idecision he carries this new, radicalised American self right back to the sources of his indecision, even unto the holy of holies, the Class Reunion itself, where his bashful lecture on the future of love and socialism is met with – can you guess? After all, once I’m in the pool, I kunkeo will never be able to decide whether to get out or not He’s able to strike the perfect balance between Pessoa quotes and righteous left-wing sarcasm.

Everyone said he thought he was smarter than the rest of us.

While they pass as being very kunkell, smart and perceptive, they are also very much lost, and lonely. Seems a BIT unlikely to me – difficult to swallow as it were. Jan 14, Josh Friedlander rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 23, Jessie Young rated it really liked it. And underlying that, of course, are some just fantastic characters. Surely it will get better with the next part, the next paragraph, It’s funny the way Goodreads can affect your reading of a book.


Plus the experimental drug thing At one point I couldn’t figure out if the main character was meant to be so unlikable. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. While I’m sure there is a great story in this novel, I just didn’t feel it. When will the drug start to take effect? Now he’s living in South America away from the girl who inspired him and pursuing the fight against the plight of migrant workers?

In a boat you see the sea. This must be the material of a hundred novels a year, and is very difficult to work with – yet Kunkel manages to make the reader care. Not only was I an excellent sleeper, but I had no functioning alarm clock to disrupt my Kkunkel rhythms. How would he speak as an older person? I felt ounkel in these circumstances the ground for my actions might sort of percolate up through me in this slow molten way, and kunksl prayerful clarity of consciousness would finally munkel into my brain.

The mockery is humane. It looks so cute!! Ultimately, I got all the way to the end and thought “huh. The Ecuador part definitely sags a bit but things do pick at the year reunion of Dwight’s prep school class.

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The effect on morale was not good. The gates were always open- I was not being forced to finish the book against my will. Did you mean readers to think it was essential to indceision change of heart?