|About the Book|
Every generation has a novel that sums up what life experience consists of to them. The description of this is both universal and personal. Most people can relate (if they are of a certain age, gender etc) but also when the narrative is pared down toMoreEvery generation has a novel that sums up what life experience consists of to them. The description of this is both universal and personal. Most people can relate (if they are of a certain age, gender etc) but also when the narrative is pared down to one person or group of people confronting the challenges of their time it establishes a more immediate connection with the audience.Not only is THE ABSENT the novel for those who have come of age in the last few decades, it is also a novel that explores the timeless theme of man vs. his oppressors. In this case, the hero of the story who works for a dental implant company gets caught up in corporate takeovers and the resulting wreckage of people’s lives.Stylistically, THE ABSENT is also a book that embraces not only post-modernist literature but the stream of consciousness autobiographical narrative. Using Marcel Proust as a take-off point, Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac are also recalled on this journey. An earthy sense of humor is applied throughout and sex is seen as the one thing truly free that humans can have with one another.Last but not least is the predatory nature of capitalism. THE ABSENT is a challenge issued to people who lock themselves into a lifestyle that is ultimately self-destructive and exploitative. The universality of this shared negative experience makes the reading experience that much more relevant.THE ABSENT is a book destined to open the eyes of an enslaved group of people not only those younger folk just out of college but those toiling for many years in dead-end jobs. The question has been asked “Where are the novels that question our way of life and make us think?” Here is a book filled with energy and power and innovative writing techniques that will accomplish exactly that.