Why’d I Pick This Book To Read?:
I was initially interested in The 39 Deaths Of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway because the concept sounded interesting. It’s about a boy who kills himself 39 times but he comes back each time. I haven’t read a book with that kind of plot line before, so because it was unique I thought I would pick it up and see exactly why he wanted to kill himself and why he kept coming back to life instead of staying dead.
What’s The Story Here?:
“Adam Strand isn’t depressed. He’s just bored. Disaffected. So he kills himself—39 times. No matter the method, Adam can’t seem to stay dead; he wakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed, more determined to succeed and undeterred by others’ concerns. But when his self-contained, self-absorbed path is diverted, Adam is struck by the reality that life is an ever-expanding web of impact and forged connections, and that nothing—not even death—can sever those bonds.
In stark, arresting prose, Gregory Galloway finds hope and understanding in the blackest humor”
How Long Did I Last?:
18% or …56 pages
Why Did I DNF?:
Sometimes you have to be in certain mindset to read a book. I thought that The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand was a bit more cerebral than I could really handle at the time I picked it up. I mean, I was in the process of packing, getting ready for BEA, sending out resumes and interviewing for a new job SO my mind just could not take a book that required a high amount of concentration. When I read books that are literary, I feel like I really do need to concentrate and pay attention and try to process what exactly is happening and the meaning of it all. I could not do that with this book.
I stopped exactly where the characters — Adam Strand and his friends are at this bridge and they see this cow carcass. They then decide to watch the cow carcass decay. That’s a bit much for me and I get squemish. Also, I just did not get it. I am sure there are people out there who are much smarter than me who can puzzle out all kinds of meaning in this, but I just thought it was gross and not for me and at that moment gave myself permission to give up.
Essentially, it was a case of wrong book at the wrong time with a side of disgusting.
Is There Anyone This Book Would Appeal To?:
I really think that people who are into literary fiction will like The 39 Deaths Of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway. It definitely is not commercial fiction by any means. It is unique. It’s deep. It’s a smart book and one that I think people who really enjoy books with symbolism and all that English class stuff will totally enjoy. Seriously, this is not an awful book, it just was not for me and I think that there are people out there who will really find enjoyment in it, or at least, meaning.
Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher.
Other reviews of The 39 Deaths Of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway:
Book Twirps – “I got a little bored after a while”
Forever Young Adult – “Call me when you get a life.”
Wrapped Up In Books – “dark humor, excellent writing, and well-rounded characters”