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The Anatomy of Melancholy Hailed as a modern day Catcher in the Rye Matthew Selwyn s acclaimed debut novel or The Anatomy of Melancholy is a startling look into the addled mind of a young man hooked on the culture of the

Hailed as a modern day Catcher in the Rye , Matthew Selwyn s acclaimed debut novel , or, The Anatomy of Melancholy is a startling look into the addled mind of a young man hooked on the culture of the internet and desperately reaching out for human connection Encompassing some of the biggest themes of the digital age isolation, mental illness, the nature of realitHailed as a modern day Catcher in the Rye , Matthew Selwyn s acclaimed debut novel , or, The Anatomy of Melancholy is a startling look into the addled mind of a young man hooked on the culture of the internet and desperately reaching out for human connection Encompassing some of the biggest themes of the digital age isolation, mental illness, the nature of reality, relationships, and the root of both love and hate Matthew Selwyn s startling debut novel has been described by The Lancet Psychiatry as a well crafted book, a bleak yet thought provoking portrayal of a character whose very superficiality leaves us eager to find out what horrors lie beneath the surface Written with verve and originality, , or, The Anatomy of Melancholy marks the emergence of a major new talent in literary fiction, a voice both tough and empathetic Selwyn s writing is reminiscent of the savageness of American Psycho and the nihilism of some of the twentieth century s greatest existentialists but mixed with a lightness of touch that rivals Douglas Coupland s comic approach to digital fiction Brutal and honest, amused and appalled, this is the kind of novel that can inspire laughter and anxiety with a single sentence horrifying, hilarious and evocative Emily May, 1 UK reviewer A must read for the twenty first century readerAISE FOR , OR, THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY An early champion of the book, novelist Peter Maughan wrote there s a talent burning away throughout this work like a slow fuse Matthew Selwyn is an emerging major writer Since then a number of authors have praised the book, with internationally published novelist Bob Van Laerhoven offering a glowing review The novel develops a disturbing, very modern and ambiguous theme, evoking the sinister, lonely, wolf eat wolf lifestyle of young people in the 21th century Gradually, the dark humour and the cynical view on life evolve in something deeper, a hidden melancholy, a muffled cry of pain The mysterious girlfriend Lexi fades slowly into a pixel portrait, the protagonist into a young man who s nearly cracking under the load of the digital world s demands and illusions And then there s the style, the icing on the cake for me from laconic, to Hollywood blockbuster jibe, from street wise philosophy to subtle, lyrical undertones A complex, disturbing, compelling debut.

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  1. Emily May on said:

    Disclaimer: The author of this book was a member of my book club in college and never complained when I coerced him into watching bad cop shows and eating frozen blueberries with me (a testament to his character, if ever there was one). That being said, I promised him my honest opinion with a guarantee that I would rip the book to shreds if I hated it.Unfortunately, he's actually good. Damn him.****: The Anatomy of Melancholy is an ambitious debut; both a darkly comic portrayal of modern youth a [...]

  2. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws on said:

    This is a book like no other that I have read before. It is so unique at so many levels.This time around, I am not going to give a summary of the book in my review, as I fear that – one, I will give out spoilers, and two, I feel that I will not be able to do justice to the book. Instead, all I will say is that the last line of the book blurb, ‘it is a very modern novel about a very modern life’, sums up the book just perfectly.Let me start with the things that make this book stand out. Fir [...]

  3. Bob Laerhoven on said:

    I’m not a young bloke anymore, being a Flemish author of nearly 62, having (traditionally) published more than 30 books in Holland and Belgium, but I can still be pleasantly surprised by debuts of young authors. One of these is definitely Matthew Selwyn. His debut novel ****: The Anatomy of Melancholy kept me enthralled from start to finish. The novel develops a disturbing, very modern and ambiguous theme, evoking the sinister, lonely, ”wolf-eat-wolf” lifestyle of young people in the 21th [...]

  4. TheCosyDragon on said:

    This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Sex – it’s the new currency. Men reign supreme. Women are simply boobs on sticks. Warning – this is a bad novel. I’m sure you think I didn’t finish this novel. But I persevered! I hoped for something redeeming. But there just wasn’t anything there worth saving.The author has a fabulous grasp of both inventive high profile vocabulary w [...]

  5. Patricia Kajihara on said:

    “A smile is just the contortion of a face." I quote the author of this book Matthew Selwyn, as he channels the rather compelling message of his novel to his readers. Thrilling - and straight up to the real world, this book opens our eyes to the modernized world, and hath the gallious acts and shoddy demeanor of technology. Blurb:"Reality is overrated. Sex, love, power, life: it's gone digital. Why settle for a girlfriend with cellulite? Why spend every day working a dead-end job? These are the [...]

  6. Ceecee on said:

    This is an outstanding debut!The direction is expertly delivered, and our protagonist befriends the reader as a novice. Though somewhat misguided to throw us from the reality of his situation, the truth is revealed in a most genius manner.We live in a world where technology is king and our younger generation has become victim to the ease, or should I say addiction, of having the world at their fingertips. This tends to make one less inclined to involve themselves in actual social situations. Muc [...]

  7. Barry Levy on said:

    This was a disappointing read. I really wanted to like this book, especially as it was written by a young and obviously talented author. The book, while very well written, is mostly a rant dealing with sex and violence, with allusions or direct references to "American Psycho, "Lolita," A Clockwork Orange" and "Fight Club." I found approximately the first half of the book redundant. But then at some point nearing the second half I realized that the events depicted were being told by an unreliable [...]

  8. Tessa on said:

    DNF at 25%At first I thought this was going to be similar with one of my favorite books: "Catcher in the rye", but a more modern version of it, but after the author keeps on talking only about sex and how great his c**k is and how he gets sex here and everywhere I got quite bored with the subject. I understand that young males only think about sex and this book might be on point, that doesn't excuse the dullness of the subject, at least for me.

  9. Heather Lawson on said:

    Originally posted here: heatherreviews.wordpress/___________________________This book confused me. Like, really confused me. I’m not even entirely sure what it was about, to be honest.We follow our narrator as he talks about women – reducing them to physical attributes and how good they may or may not be in bed – and gives his general opinion on the hierarchy of life. Sex is the new currency, everyone knows it and he is so much better than everyone else because he’s got ‘the game’ al [...]

  10. Elien on said:

    This review and more onSo Bookalicious****: The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book that stands out from anything else that I have ever read before. It is so unique in many different ways. The book was an eye-opener for me where it concerns modern society. It portrays modern youth that grew up in a digital age in a captivating way. The book tells us exactly what goes on in daily life through the eyes of the narrator. Sex, drugs, violence… sadly it is all part of modern society and a lot of it is f [...]

  11. Lynda Dickson on said:

    Melancholy is defined as "a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression" or "sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness". Both of these definitions apply here. These are the ramblings of a disturbed mind - on the face of it, a sex addict with a narcissistic personality. Our narrator sees a psychiatrist regularly, is on medication, and has been diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder. His behavior is, at times, extremely disturbing; he describes himself as [...]

  12. Roxana on said:

    This is a very original debut novel. The main character is a non-reliable first person narrator, almost anonymous, self centered and, in many aspects, totally obnoxious. His life revolves about sex, about his own boasting and his absurd expectations. The Internet makes him have a distorted image of women and he lives in a permanent dellusion of female "perfection" (Kim Kardashian!!!), but he has Lexi, and some female friends that somehow contradict his expressed views. "Reality is overrated", he [...]

  13. Kimoya Reads on said:

    Well, I'm glad that I finished reading this book. I'm not saying it was horrible or boring but it was meant for someone else in this world, and not me. I've learned from it, yeah, things I had no idea of and the way he describes woman gives me a whole new idea of my species and what also goes on in a mans head. the writer is a pretty good one, I like his writing styles. So overall, the book is great, for someone else. I have received this book for free through First Reads.

  14. Biswanath Banerjee on said:

    For years there was not a drop of rain in the desert.But suddenly one day-clouds gathered over the sky-a cool breeze flows-and suddenly there is a splash of rain…How a toad who has lived years in the desert without a shower of water will feel?Full review atjayasreesown.wordpress/20

  15. Noreen Fredriksen on said:

    I won the book from and it was different than what I was expecting. It's just not my style of book.

  16. Etienne Delport on said:

    I received it as a giveaway.Best book I've ever read or worst book I've ever read? After I finished it I wasn't sure but decided the fact that I had to think about it made it the best.

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