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Epic Sloth: Tales of the Long Crawl

Epic Sloth: Tales of the Long Crawl

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Language English
Contributor(s) Philip Gaber
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Overview: Epic Sloth: Tales of the Long Crawl

In this new collection of introspective and edgy literary caricatures the work has the feel of a neo-alternative itinerant busker involved in a passionate and fiery partimen with himself. In high-concept terms: These are psychology tales with a strong theme of unavoidable destiny. The crux of the story involves a philosophical experience. The story begins with a miscommunication and ends with a poet searching for a finish line.

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  • Philip Gaber
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Language English
Publication Date June 15, 2013
Publisher Philip Gaber
Contributor(s) Philip Gaber
Binding Paperback
Page Count 176
ISBN 10 0615726488
ISBN 13 9780615726489
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 245 grams
Product Dimensions 15.2 cm x 1 cm x 22.9 cm
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     Humorous with subtle sarcasm... 14 December, 2013 On Junglee.com
    A wry, ruefully funny voice distinguishes this collection of stories and (a few) poems.

    Ignoring the hoary creative writing program advice to show rather than tell, author Philip Gaber frequently allows first-person narrators to inform us of exactly what’s on their minds. Drinking, drugs, bad childhoods, dysfunctional families, and women sick of their terminal lack of ambition generally top the list. The cold winds of middle age also chill their hearts, as youthful slacker-dom begins to look like permanent loser-dom.

    This might not seem like fertile ground for humor, and some of the stories are indeed quite sad. But Gaber is so honest and exact in his charting of difficult relationships and unsettled souls that sometimes you have to laugh, as when the narrator of “a chronological complicated story” (all titles are lower-case), describes a tense moment in a near-argument with his girlfriend: “Then she asked me one of those questions that make almost every guy like me squirm. ‘What do you want to do for the rest of your life?’”

    Most protagonists are male, but Gaber’s female characters are fully fleshed and convincing as they harangue their mates or parade their emotional instabilities. When they speak directly to the reader, as in the story entitled “the secret of her bloom,” they tend to be tougher and tarter than the mournful men. The African-American characters also have their own authentic voices and points of view.

    The poems are merely OK, and although the few more fantastical stories are interesting, Gaber’s principal gift is for sharp, true-to-life dialogue and characterizations. People failing to get a grip on life is a rich subject, and this talented author would be well-advised to take his “encyclopedic knowledge of the angry and the marginalized” and delve into that theme more intensively in a novel. Until then, however, this atmospheric offering provides much to appreciate.
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