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Idiopathy epub

ISBN: 0007412088

ISBN13: 978-0007412082

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Language: English

Publisher: Harpercollins

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Rating: 4.9

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle Idiopathy (?d?'?p?i): a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown. Idiopathy : a novel as unexpected as its title.

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An idiopathic disease is any disease with an unknown cause or mechanism of apparent spontaneous origin

An idiopathic disease is any disease with an unknown cause or mechanism of apparent spontaneous origin. From Greek ἴδιος idios "one's own" and πάθος pathos "suffering", idiopathy means approximately "a disease of its own kind". For some medical conditions, one or more causes are somewhat understood, but in a certain percentage of people with the condition, the cause may not be readily apparent or characterized. In these cases, the origin of the condition is said to be idiopathic.

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Idiopathy: a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan-three characters you won't forget in a try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they migh/ : A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle. Idiopathy (?d?'?p?i): a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.

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I can't help but think that this novel would have worked better as a series of short stories. There are individual scenes that are funny and some glorious biting satire in some of the longer descriptive passages, but as a novel I don't think it holds together as a complete story.

The constant neurotic thoughts of the three main characters - though mostly Katherine and Daniel - made reading the novel a slog at times.

Still I'd read another novel by Sam Byers. He's obviously a funny guy and there are some genuine laugh out loud funny scenes in the book. As short stories they would have been perfect.
Idiopathy... curiosity got the best of me and I had to look it up. The Farlex Dictionary says that it's:

1. A disease of unknown origin or cause.
2. A primary disease arising spontaneously with no apparent external cause.

The product blurbs says that it's "A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle."

Putting it simply, Idiopathy: A Novel by Sam Byers is one of those books that lives up to the blurbs in most respects. Within the covers of this 320-page debut novel, we do find love after a fashion, a good dose of narcissism, and cattle that are standing there in a dazed trance-like condition. If that enthralls you, be aware that you'll also find some highly-dysfunctional relationships, a lot of self-absorption, sex with the wrong people, nihilism bordering on a disorder, and sections of dialogue that are guaranteed to put the reader to sleep better than a B-rated late night movie.

The characters are quirky yet interesting: chain-smoking Katherine, the facilities manager at telecom company, enjoys her drink, and gets involved in intimate relations that border on violence. Daniel is her former boyfriend, a whiny, ineffective public relations publicist for a biochemical crop research facility. His current girlfriend, Angelica, is an almost stereotypical hippie with predictable traits.

There's Keith, a recovering addict who impregnates Katherine on a vacation trip to Malta, then tries to get her to cover half of the trip expenses once she dumps him. We have eco-activist Sebastian, who protests outside the crop research facility, blaming their corn for the plague. And there's Nathan, a friend whom Katherine and Daniel had lost track of. In his past he had tried to carve his tattoos off his body with a camping knife in the middle of a highly unusual public place to perform self surgery.

Despite all of this, Sam Byers is a good author, and some of his passages are brilliant in their wittiness. Within the pages here he depicts the derangement of contemporary life with intense satire and true gallows humor. With his skillful pen, his darkly humorous treatment does work for much of this tale. Let's call it a love triangle with a few quirky twists, though a 3-star book for this reader.

It's not great, but good enough that based on his way of crafting sentences, was compelled to get his The End of the End of Everything: Fiction's Fretful Futures. This is a short Kindle edition in which the author explores the impact of technology on fiction.

Idiopathy is not a mainstream book by any means. Illustrator Joanna Neborsky created the cover, and it's one of those that clearly shows the reader what to expect within the pages. Is this book satire, snark or self destruction? That will be up to the reader to determine.

9/11/2013
I was real tired of this book by the time I got to the end of it. Was it supposed to be funny? A satire? I didn't see anything satirical or humorous in there anywhere. It was a depressing story that just didn't go anywhere.

<Warning: spoilers> Katherine and Daniel used to be a couple. They broke up a year ago. They used to fight a lot. Katherine tends to stir things up. She says outrageous things to get reactions out of people. She isn't nice. Daniel is kind of a pansy. He would react in predictable ways to Katherine's needling, and they would have predictable fights, and it added up to a generally miserable relationship, which ended when something dramatic happened a year ago.

The something dramatic happened to Nathan. Nathan was a friend who used to sell them drugs, or just hang out and get high with them or something. Apparently, Nathan hadn't experienced much love or friendship in his life, so his relationship with Katherine and Daniel was important to him. When that all fell apart, Nathan hurt himself and went to a mental hospital.

Now, a year later, Nathan is out of the hospital, and he wants to catch up with Katherine and Daniel. They have a really awkward and uncomfortable meeting, that doesn't resolve anything.

I have a few problems with this book. First, it was long and boring, with big parts of it just going nowhere. Then there is the problem of the characters being so unappealing. To me, these are not even the sort of people who are worth writing about. For all her clever words, Katherine is really not very clever, and she is not nice at all. She makes terrible decisions. She doesn't care about anybody, not even herself or her unborn child. She has nothing but contempt for other people.

Nathan is more complicated. I'm trying to flesh out Nathan in my head, but I'm not really getting very far. On the one hand, he seems lonely and vulnerable. On the other hand, didn't he get any nurturing from that over-bearing mother of his? It seems like there is a whole part of the story that is missing. Why is he such a social outcast, when he was raised by a woman who is obviously a master at manipulating people? Did he not learn her tricks, or did she damage him in some way to make him an incompetent adult? I don't feel like I understand Nathan. The back story didn't really explain Nathan's character at all.

So we have a very long story about people I don't care about failing to have meaningful relationships. Not my idea of a good read.