"It's like a punch in the mouth. You don't know where it came from or why, and it sends you reeling."
Jim Martin reviews Michael Joshua's Being 2000
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There are those that hate Moulin Rouge. To them, the first 20 minutes of the show feel disorienting and epileptic, and no amount of what comes next is going to make a lick of difference to them. Me, I loved the movie, and maybe that is why I got through Being 2000.
It's like a punch in the mouth. You don't know where it came from or why, and it sends you reeling. The book begins so bizarrely that it has a weird sort of Moulin Rouge value to it, but quickly becomes too much.
I did like the book, don't get me wrong, but most of the way through it was typified by my thinking, "It just has to go somewhere soon…"
In the end, it was worth it. I'm not a particularly normal man, but I found myself feeling for the main character and liking where the story went. Despite my natural loathing of everything inspired by The Tragic Events Of 9-11™ (Goodbye personal privacy though I never knew you at all) I found this perspective on things was compelling and worth the getting to.
But fuck me if it wasn't just a little hard to get through this one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Martin is the only one who really believes his press. He's a writer, a political observer, a computer programmer, a family guy, a punk rocker, a football player (American rules), a lousy student of taekwon do, and an irritating git.