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My Idea Of Fun: A Cautionary Yale

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”I ought to warn you…we’re going to see some things that may disturb you.” So says one character from Fun, and My Idea Of Fun: A Cautionary Yale delivers on his promise: A bloody baby chews a razor blade, a limbless man bobs in the water, eyeballs pop, sex maims and kills, and cruelty loses its power to shock. A man sniffs the last stinking breath of a pit bull he has beaten to death, and then…well, then comes something as disgusting as you’ll ever read. In the ”hero” of Fun, Ian Wharton, Will Self combines the tastes of a Jeffrey Dahmer, the exuberance of a Pee-wee Herman, and the wordplay of a brilliantly nasty teenager. Ian is an English businessman with God-like powers and satanic morals; the novel is a parable of capitalism. But Self takes you through a funhouse of such loathsome wonder and horror that you forget why you came. My Idea of Fun is impressively written, but I wouldn’t want to meet its readers in a dark alley. B

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