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Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment. In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door. He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it. Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive.

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    Short and cute. For a philosophical evening.

    The story has a strange pace; it manages to stroll slowly but still be gripping. This is one of the more unique books I've read. If you know anyone that is antisocial and alienated you might gain some sort of insight; and if you are feeling alone in the world you might take comfort in the way the subject is explored. The book is by no means depressing, rather the protagonist is endearing and interesting.


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