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The Melancholy Strumpet Master Tekijä: Zeb…

The Melancholy Strumpet Master (vuoden 2023 painos)

Tekijä: Zeb Beck (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Melancholy Strumpet Master
Kirjailijat:Zeb Beck (Tekijä)
Info:Independently published (2023), 273 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):***1/2


The Melancholy Strumpet Master (tekijä: Zeb Beck)


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The novel The Melancholy Strumpet Master by Zeb Beck was a truly difficult read for me. I wanted to enjoy it very much. The description sounded intriguing, but I just could not find the main protagonist to be very likable or even compelling. The writer had moments of good prose throughout, some witty dialogue here and there, but it just didn’t add up for me. Perhaps I would try another book by the author to see if he can draw me into another story. Not for me, but I am sure others with different tastes than my own could appreciate this novel. ( )
  PhilipJMac | Oct 27, 2023 |
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The Melancholy Strumpet Master is a compelling literary creation that stands out as a remarkable exploration of societal norms and the human condition, pushing boundaries and challenging readers to confront uncomfortable truths with a wry smile on their faces. From the opening pages, it becomes evident that The Melancholy Strumpet Master revels in its dark humor. The juxtaposition of comedic elements against the backdrop of somber themes is executed with precision, making for an engaging and often unexpected reading experience.

The book fearlessly confronts taboo subjects, dismantling societal constructs and unveiling the hidden underbelly of human desires and motivations. The author boldly tackles controversial topics that others might shy away from, such as sexuality and the complexity of power dynamics. Through these taboo subjects, The Melancholy Strumpet Master forces readers to confront their own discomforts, challenging preconceived notions and encouraging introspection.

One of the most striking aspects of the novel is its exploration of gender role issues. The characters within the book defy traditional gender norms, highlighting the absurdity of such constraints. This thought-provoking portrayal serves as a poignant commentary on gender inequality, opening up avenues for dialogue and reflection.

The Melancholy Strumpet Master pushes the boundaries of literature. With its dark humor, exploration of taboo subjects, incisive critique of gender roles, expertly woven irony and satire, and originality, the novel is a thought-provoking and captivating read. Bold storytelling and unapologetic examination of societal constructs make this book a must-read for those seeking a unique and intellectually stimulating experience.
1 ääni BrittanyFowler462 | Jul 6, 2023 |
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Gilmore (Gil) Crowell is working on his doctoral thesis - and has been for perhaps a bit too long. He's doing an anthropological study of the prostitutes of Tijuana. He pays them for their time and then only talks with them, asking questions and recording their responses. To earn money to pay for these interviews, Gil teaches English in a jail. The income does not equal the expenses and Gil struggles to keep up. But at the same time, he is almost addicted to his visits with the streetwalkers down south despite never taking advantage of their professional services.
In looking for another method to pay for his visits, Gil builds the workers a website (or, rather, has one built for them since he has no computer skills himself) but the idea is met with much resistance from the girls to whom he offers the chance to 'advertise'.

But things go south (metaphorically speaking) for Gil. First with his job when he's fired, then with his dissertation as his one and only supporter leaves, and then with his apartment as his landlord kicks him out. And he has fallen in love with one of his subjects. Coming of age gets harder to do the older you are when it happens. Fortunately for Gil, good things do sometimes happen to good people.

Author Zeb Beck has written a wry and (to use his own term) melancholic comedy. Nothing here will make you laugh out loud. In fact you're more likely to agree with those around Gil and think he deserves whatever he gets. Not because he's a jerk or in anyway bad - on the contrary, Beck goes out of his way to make sure we understand that Gil is a good guy. But he really lacks drive or ambition.

Because of this, I really went back and forth on my feelings for our protagonist. I didn't dislike him, but I really wanted him to take some responsibility for SOMEthing in his life. He is really obsessed with talking with the prostitutes in Tijuana and we never really learn why that it is. We do, however, see that they have more drive and ambition than he.

SPOILER ALERT ... things do fall in place for Gil at the very end, and while an argument could be made that it comes about because of action he took (action that I would argue is pretty unrealistic but in line with this sort of comedy), he still hasn't really stepped up to be responsible for anything and has simply gotten lucky. Is it lucky that there's interest in his dissertation? I think so, especially given that we really don't know much about it other than the very general subject.

I will note that I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would once I had the book in hand. I'm not a fan of the cover art (knowing nothing about the author or the story, seeing this on a shelf would not have gotten me to pick it up to check it out) and I think the word 'melancholy' in the title might make it a hard sell. Who wants to spend time with someone who's 'melancholy'?

This is a hard book to classify, and while I wouldn't put Beck in the same category as these authors, you could think of fiction like A Confederacy of Dunces, Slaughterhouse 5, or Catch-22 but a little less ambitious.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  stickerooni | Jun 12, 2023 |
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I enjoyed this book. The author is a solid writer. It was a unique tale but with few interesting twists. I was so eager to keep reading to get to the exciting bits but there just weren't any. I guess there's only so much you can do with this topic without offending anyone's delicate sensibilities. I love the darkness and sarcasm and all the things that make it different, though. I would definitely check out more books by this author, as her continues to grow his craft.
1 ääni sjbb0123 | Jun 9, 2023 |
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This was a strange book. The author is sometimes witty, but the humor is dark. I simply did not like the main character and found that the book was not for me. ( )
  monicarwv | Jun 9, 2023 |
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