Martin John, Anakana Schofield

Plumpendicular. I had to look it up, because I did not believe it was an actual word. It isn’t, but it is the perfect word to describe what a flasher may be holding and waving at an unsuspecting passersby. This is only “the tip” of the issues for main character, Martin John.

Climbing into the mind of a person with a mountain of mental disorders including (but not limited to) obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia, exhibitionism, hoarding, and sexual deviance, could not have been an easy task. Much like an actor method acting a deeply disturbed role, I cannot imagine this was a pleasant story for Schofield to write. She has created a grey, monotone world of repetition. Using a staccato like cadence, it is almost like a machine gun typed out each line. It boldly illustrates the bleak, yet obsessive and repetitious world of Martin John.

Martin John is not the person you want to run into on the street, unfortunately many of us have or will have an encounter with him at some point in our lives. This is also not the book you read while unwinding in your bubble bath, but it is still worth the read. It is challenging and I understand why the Giller Prize short listed it earlier this year.

Music Corner:

  1. 10 hours of TV static noise– It’s not a song, but I heard a little of this while reading the story. I personally do not find TV static soothing or comforting.
  2. Nyan Cat– I am SO sorry Nyan Cat. Although you are fun, albeit annoying, you are also repetitious, and Martin John is all about repetition.

Books read: 8

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