This Highly Anticipated Followup To The Acclaimed Wittgenstein Jr Finds A Young Nietzsche Experiencing The Excitements And The Humiliations Of Finals Season In A Modern High SchoolWhen A New Student Transfers In From Private School, His Public School Peers Nickname Him Nietzsche Thanks To His Mysterious Charisma Nietzsche, Like His Philosopher Namesake, Is Brilliant But Doomed To Madness, And His New Classmates Feel Compelled To Interpret The Deeper Meaning Behind His Arrival For One, They Realize That He Should Be The Front Man Of Their Metal Band This Darkly Humorous And Entirely Relatable Novel Follows Its Shining And Too Creative For Their Own Good Cast Through The Last Few Weeks Of School, Leading Up To An Important Gig And Even Important Exams Such a fun book The author always writes his novels with hyper wordplay and characters obsessed with philosophy This time out, he s set the book in the English suburbs and follows a small group of students in their last weeks of school before university I could have spent another five hundred pages with these funny, hyper articulate characters and their embrace, and sometimes misunderstanding, of the world s bleaker philosophical writings. This was an incredibly fun read It captured the feeling of being in the last year of 6th form in the UK well even though it is set today, it seems as though not too much has changed since I was at that point in time The author is clearly as scholar of philosophy, as can seen by his non fiction works, and this shines through in the discussions the friends have The characters are fully formed and thoroughly engaging, and I felt like could listen to their rambling conversations on the meaning of life for a lot longer The plot is simple but draws you in, and Iyer does a great job invoking a sense of place as well Also, by the end of the book I did wish it came with CD of the music Nietzsche and the Burbs played. Reading this book was reliving so many teenage existential crises on the unwieldy emotional spectrum from Kurt Cobain to ABBA in a good way It was funny, smart, relatable, yet awkward, inducing eye rolls and cringes I did not want it to end, and I will read this again.
Lars Iyer is the author of the novel Wittgenstein Jr 2014 He has also written a trilogy of novels Spurious, Dogma and Exodus Iyer has also written two scholarly books on the work of Maurice Blanchot He teaches philosophy at Newcastle University in the UK.
- 320 pages
- Nietzsche and the Burbs
- Lars Iyer
- 24 December 2019 Lars Iyer