“Please look. Cam you see us? Can you see us, in our little red car? Picture us from above, as if you were flying above us, in, say, a helicopter, or on the back of a bird, as our car hurtles, low to the ground, straining on the slow upward trajectory but still at sixty, sixty-five, around the relentless, sometimes ridiculous bends of Highway 1. Look at us, goddammit, the two of us slingshotted from the back side of the moon, greedily cartwheeling toward everything we are owed.”
It continues like this for pages, an unending passionate celebration of life. It reminded me of early Bob Dylan, its complete belief in life and youth, the very invincible rejection of age, or death, or suffering of any kind. And simply for this passage this is a book everyone should read.
A Heartbreaking Work is ceaselessly creative and always passionate, alive and a staggering. It will certainly break your heart: “I am at once pitiful and monstrous, I know.” And is it genius? Maybe. It is without doubt one of the most inventive books you will ever read.
7 out of 10