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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Easy to see why J. The third was guilt for me being an awful douchebag with no direction and being neurotic about making choices, but fuck you I’m so not as loathe worthy as this dude.

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And the fucking puns! At once funny and poignant, gentle and outrageous, finely intelligent and proudly silly, Indecision rings with a voice of great energy and originality, while its deeper inquiries reflect the concerns and style of a generation. In the end he somehow achieves clarity through a mixture of drugs and finding purpose. Jul 27, Michelle rated it did not like it Recommends it for: 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.

Sep 05, Amanda rated it it was ok. That just didn’t make sense for the character. Jul 22, Oriana rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 03, MJ Nicholls marked it as getting-even. I’ve never wanted to throw a book off the subway platform so badly. I appreciated the honesty in which the characters were perceived.

Apr 10, Hollie Lippert rated it did not like it. Dwight is a year old self-absorbed American guy who is seeing one Indian woman kunke Manhattan, New York while leaving to Quito, Ecuador after losing his job to meet up with another Dutch woman, hoping to have something to return with for his year reunion. Let me help you make a decision with this one – don’t bother. I saw this book while making my bi-weekly rounds of my favorite used book store.

But then he goes off to Ecuador, and I’m thinking, “What? When we chose it for book club I somehow managed to find and read aloud the ONLY two funny sentencess in the entire thing.



How to affirm happiness without living in constant denial of the ways of the world? One well the reader, me, maybe you was told how likable he was, but he was sort of the kind of person that I never did like, the white hat wearing stoner with the button down shirt not tucked in that was soooo mellow and basically a privileged jock fuck who smoked too much pot. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at kumkel pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom.

Much like the character in this novel I couldn’t make up my mind what to give this book. You almost wish it wasn’t, because at least that wouldn’t have been such a cop out.

Yet this attention to Mister seemed also to be the emblem kunoel our basic mutual filial thing, implying as it did what large volumes idnecision love-grade emotion must get trafficked invisible between us if this was how we treated—I mean, nice as he was—our dog.

Now I usually just woke around ten, yawning and stretching, replenished with ignorance. Kunkel IS pretty sharp! However, when you’re alienating the reader with your absurd fantastical ideas in foreign countries, such shallowness is less acceptable, and, frankly, downright deplorable. And I wanted the reader to feel that way about Dwight and the other characters, and also for Dwight to feel like that about himself.

The book has a kinda, like, maybe um a resolution that is perfectly and hilariously patched together with duct tape. Maybe because we were interns together ten years ago and I basically liked him, even if the rest of the interns that semester thought he was smug.

Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel

And here is a nice segue, because uneven is really a very important word for this story as a whole. The narrator is a kind of whiny, self-absorbed elitist who can’t make up his mind about anything, but knows that life owes him something more than the menial job he holds down and the slacker like lifestyle he lives. I waffled between two and three stars; but I didn’t hate this book.

It’s funny the way Goodreads can affect your reading of a book. But alas- premature sputtering? Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel. The great hope is eventually to find a delusion that will outlast your life. Preview — Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel.


Then again this hopefulness was soand indeciwion it was May —late May already. Maybe this is how things work nowadays. It doesn’t help my impressions that Indecision was sandwiched between watching The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards self indulgent young people drift about with no real obstacles between them and their whims and reading How to Save Your Indecizion Life: The trouble with your mother and me is that we’d exhausted our illusions.

I didn’t love that part, but maybe it’s because I haven’t gotten that far in my life yet so I don’t identify. This book could use a sequel!

Thank you Thank you Thank you. While in New York, Dwight is the everyman aimless something, making sad but relevant observations on his life that hit a little too close to home.

Please try again later. So my indecisiveness decided for me, as it always does if you give it enough time- eventually all options will disappear until you’re left with what outlasted your indecision.

Ditto for the characters. In a welcome reversal of Heart of Darkness syndrome, he becomes a real person – smart, contrite, politicised. I like to travel! You’ll do well to marry a woman you won’t realize you can’t live with until you’re both dead.

When I first read about this ground for the individual’s action, I could at last put an unwieldy and foreign name to what I had felt had been missing from my life ever since puberty struck and my prep-school days commenced, more or less at once, and I’d begun to proceed unsteadily from day to day as if I were on a bridge swaying in the wind while both sides of the canyon—I mean past and future—disappeared in foggy weather.

His roommate comes to the rescue, slipping him some purloined samples of a new drug designed to combat abulia – and thus begins a really amusing adventure from inside the head outward.

The book made me wonder whether I am going through a midlife crisis myself.