2 out of 4 stars
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There and Back There Again by Andrew Alsup is a non-fiction collection of short essays or what the author calls "public posts" which shows what goes on in his mind during his everyday activities.
Andrew Alsup (Andy) starts by narrating about some voices in his head. He calls these voices chipmunk because they sound squeaky, clown because it's one after the other and douchebag because they're intrusive and self-satisfied losers. Generally, he describes them as auditory hallucinations. These are voices of people he knows, but which often like about their identity. They threaten him with violence, murder and humiliation when he refuses to do as they direct him to. He further complains that people psychically invade his privacy and obtain some information, most of whom are his friends, without his permission. These are the same people who try to communicate with him psychically through these voices which he swears not to listen to. He therefore receives humiliation from everyone including his workmates and his boss. He is betrayed by everyone including those who pretend to represent him during his court cases claiming that he has no mental capacity to defend himself. The invasion of his privacy compels him to initiate a campaign to amend the Constitution to address privacy more adequately. He asks for donations for that effect. The last half of this book is more relaxed and includes poetry, biblical verses and articles about his pets.
This book contains some extremely bitter, aggressive and strong swearing words which are enough evidence that the author is undergoing some sort of depression. The effect of this depression in his mental health is adequately reflected in this piece of literary work. He even at some point confesses that he had undergone some sort of mental illness and heart diseases due to depression. This book talks about different themes ranging from betrayal, depression and litigation. Despite his aggressive tone, Andrew Alsup becomes humorous towards the end of the book when describing events and people.I just wonder if the missing of some chapters in this book is an error or were they just intentionally omitted.
The second half of the story was amusing especially the poems. I particularly fell for the poetry about the elephant.The humour, irony and sarcasm in the author's choice of words were amazing. I can't fail to mention his uncompromised and honest view one nudity and pornography. Having found only three errors, I must mention that the book was exceptionally well edited too.
The book wasn't really interesting to me, but that doesn't mean it won't be interesting to everyone. There were very poor character development and no plot development at all. I also found the incessant swearing words unbearable. A reader may also find this story very confusing partly because it requires some little knowledge of the author and partly because the author failed to distinguish the voices from the real people.
I would recommend this book to anyone undergoing some sort of depression and need emotional support. Due to the poor character and plot development, I rate it 2 out of 4 stars. I would have given it just one star but the editorial work earned it an extra star. In conclusion, let me say that this book may not be appealing to anyone who hate swearing words and to kids since most of these words are sexual suggestive.
There and Back There Again
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