Parasites Like Us eBook Ê Parasites Like PDF \

Parasites Like Us ❮EPUB❯ ✸ Parasites Like Us Author Adam Johnson – The debut novel by the author of The Orphan Master's Son winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and the story collection Fortune Smiles winner of the 2015 National Book AwardHailed as remarkable by the New The debut novel by the author of The Orphan Master's Son winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the story collection Fortune Smiles winner of the National Book AwardHailed as remarkable by the New Yorker Emporium earned Adam Johnson comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and TC Boyle In his acclaimed first novel Parasites Like Us Johnson takes us on an enthralling journey through memory time and the cost of mankind's uest for its own pastAnthropologist Hank Hannah has just illegally exhumed an ancient American burial site and winds up in jail But the Parasites Like PDF \ law will soon be the least of his worries For buried beside the bones a timeless menace awaits that will set the modern world back twelve thousand years and send Hannah on a uest to save that which is dearest to him A brilliantly evocative apocalyptic adventure told with Adam Johnson's distinctive dark humor Parasites Like Us is a thrilling tale of mankind on the brink of extinction.

10 thoughts on “Parasites Like Us

  1. Erin Erin says:

    Dear Mr JohnsonPlease end the world uickly in your next book It turns out you are way interesting when you're destroying humanity It took us about five pages to realize how lame Hank was Then you kept establishing that fact for half the book Props to your sweet apocalypse but we could use some of itSweet ThanksSincerelyErin

  2. Aaron Aaron says:

    It was the playwright that got to me I was already into this book Digging it if you will On page 272 a playwright gets gunned down and as he dies he begs our hero to Find my play He even tells the hero where to find it and then asks him to make necessary changes In Act IV he instructs erase the cruel words that Lonnie speaks He doesn't mean it I know that now This got to me Isn't this one of the reasons we choose to write? For immortality for recognition even after we die? As I said this got to me I was already thinking that I haven't laughed out loud at a book this much since The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy And amidst my laughter I am moved Almost to tears Moved by a playwright who has suddenly realized that his own life eternal lies in an unproduced manuscript sitting uietly on a shelf beside his bed Does telling you about the playwright ruin where Adam Johnson's awe inspiring book might be heading? Taken out of context this anecdote doesn't mean anything You really do have to read this book to understand the gravity and power of the story Mr Johnson weaves So what if you know ahead of time that a playwright dies on page 272? Read it anyway because this book is brilliant and I'm not so sure that brilliant is a big enough word to encompass the majesty of this prose I almost didn't read it A review I read turned me off The review stated that this novel was so steeped in anthropology that it becomes impossible to read without some prior knowledge of anthropological thought rendering it for the layman impossible to finish Bull I say Despite the anthropology it's uite accessible If anything it's about philosophy than anthropology positing that all of us are doctoral candidates of anthropology Wondering what happened to a friend you haven't seen in ten years imagining their outcome a scenario they might have found themselves in based on what you know of the person they were is in its own right a form of anthropology We use anthropology to revive the dead see how they lived learn how they fared By definition we are all armchair anthropologists Okay a brief plot recap hopefully without ruining anything this book is full of moments you don't see coming Hank Hannah is a down on his luck professor of anthropology at a small college in South Dakota His focus is on the Clovis the first known people to reside on North American land having crossed the ice bridges from Asia during the last Ice Age His theory is that the wildlife of The Pleistocene Era were not killed off by climactic change or malnutrition but by the Clovis people a band of fierce hunters Hunters who continually hunted their prey until there was nothing left to hunt One of his students Brent Eggers who just might be one of recent literature's greatest creations is working on a dissertation that reuires him to live for one year like The Clovis limiting himself to only the tools and technology that were available during the Pleistocene Era He camps on the college uadrangle in a make shift hut milking the suirrel supply for all it is worth He also discovers proof that The Clovis existed in the area in the form of an arrowhead and a grave that houses a complete skeleton found holding a perfect sphere made of clay This discovery will eventually lead to the eradication of life starting with pigs moving on to birds ending with humans There's an ill fated Corvette a burning hog a trestle destroyed by a great flood and a hair raising toboggan ride through an unspeakable graveyard But I'm ahead of myself again Populated with a vivid cast of eccentric characters this book has the power to move you To make you laugh To make you think To make you insanely glad that Johnson has created a world of fiction Read this book Discover its brilliance Laugh cry be shocked and keep your eyes alert for burning pyres

  3. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Adam Johnson's writing must have made a massive leap forward to win the Pulitzer prize for 'The Orphan Masters Son' as I thought this a complete and utter disaster featuring some very shoddy writing and an outrageously stupid plot that was uite frankly all over the place I wanted to uit but kept on going in the hope of it somehow miraculously getting better It was only to get worse if anything A total waste of time Seriously don't even bother

  4. Chris Chris says:

    Guh You know who doesn't love a good end of the world story to say nothing of an end of the world story involving a tarblack sense of humor and a big burning pig but I swear I just don't know how many books we need about past their prime academics who can't get a handle on their lives who muddle through their role as an uninspiring leadI mean I tried sticking around like 'Titanic' to see the world end but this book couldn't get out of its own way it pretty much droned on and on about the eccentric students the main character's dead end romantic urges the tending to an anthropological site in the shadow of a Dakota casino yay irony and just never got on with it I ran away about 34 through the book's world still intact no character really changing or making me give a damn what happens to them and generally tired of waiting for the apocalypse to wipe them all away Suffice to say if the main character was the last one left in the world at the close of the book that wasn't a world I really wanted to read about

  5. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    After trashing his cherry '72 Corvette illegally breaking into an ancient burial site and snacking on 12000 year old popcorn Hank Hannah finds that he's inadvertently unleashed the apocalypse begins the blurb on the back cover of Adam Johnson's debut novel last year's Parasites Like Us Sounds pretty interesting doesn't it? It certainly did to me Interesting enough for me to buy the book on a whim when I saw it at a discount book store I had seen the novel a year earlier when it had just come out in paperback and had almost bought it then for full price Now I even regret shelling out the four dollars I spent on the overstock copyThe problem with that opening sentence is that it effectively skips ahead to approximately page 232 of the 341 page novel Blurbs as any good editor should know aren't not meant to do this I'm certain that the reason it was used was to fish something interesting enough out of the mess of a plot to trick people like me into buying the book but if such tactics need to be employed to sell a novel perhaps it doesn't belong on the shelves in the first place In this case I'd argue that perhaps into a definitely The first 231 pages are an attempt to build characters that we care about and the last 109 are to show us how their lives Spiral Out of Control a wonderfully hackneyed plot device these days but both come off flat as a board The only reason I continued reading was the promise of the impending Apocalypse that the back of the book fed to meBut as boring as the plot turned out to be and as disappointing as the Apocalypse turned out to be the most painful aspect of the story had to be the characters especially the protagonist Anthropology professor Hank Hannah It is taught to writers young and old to write what you know so that your characters have a sense of life in them and your stories are realistic so inevitably the writer themself begins to show up inside the characters This does not bode well for Hank as he obsesses over his step and birth mothers An Oedipal Complex of frightening proportions surfaces in Hank but it is not done with a keen and sarcastic eye as most authors would do so distancing themselves from the freak of a character and letting us know that this sort of obsession is in fact weird leading me to believe that Johnson too suffers from a weird psychosexual tie to his own maternal figures Hank also has a constant tendency to do things that no normal human beings would do engaging in amazingly awkward moments with almost every supporting cast member regardless of gender race or relation The way he leers at his student Trudy made me physically uncomfortableNone of other characters come off as particularly lifelike or likeable either each preferring their own brand of stilted poetry to normal human dialogue It's a real shame too because Johnson knows how to write In the exposition areas this poetry works wonderfully though it becomes extremely long winded at time inspiring me to flip through entire scenes without even skimming coming back a handful of pages later and still knowing exactly what was going on but this beauty of language is the only thing Johnson's got going for him herePerhaps if Penguin had blurbed the book differently I would have had accurate expectations and been less disappointed when I finally put down the book but if the blurb had been accurate it is unlikely that I'd have picked up the book at all And when it comes to sales disatisfaction still leaves their wallet a little bit heavier in this case

  6. Adam Adam says:

    Horrible writing I can't help but shake the feeling that the author wrote this in grad school with the hopes it would be picked up for a movie But the writing and especially the dialogue are suitable for only a Sci Fi Network TV MovieMidlife Crisis Academic Checkuirky Old Man CheckCold Woman eventually warms up to Midlife Crisis Academic CheckVarious slapstick shenanigans CheckAdventures with animals extreme weather military and various other things to spice up a movie script Check

  7. Chazzbot Chazzbot says:

    This is the best end of the world novel I've ever read What begins as a razor sharp satire of academia tenured professors who've lost their passion grad students trying to make a name for themselves the tedious social order of the university and archeology slowly boils into a eually sharp portrayal of a world collapsing on itself Though the novel ends on a rather bleak note Johnson finds little salvation in humanity's struggle it is as realistic and darkly comedic as you might hope an apocalyptic novel could be Months after reading this it still haunts me with its bitterly honest depictions of human failings One could easily find things going this way and that is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of this novel

  8. acellnamedscooter acellnamedscooter says:

    I am left with a 'huh?' feeling after finishing this book It feels like there was so much build up and then it ended so uickly like the author ran over a deadline and had to wrap it up The climax is so rushed over that it could easily be missed I had to go back and read it twice Why all the mom issues that he spent ages agonizing about are never referred to after the climax? Julia or is it Yulia?? why the obsession? Still don't get itThe end of the world scenario is a frightening idea but the author just didn't make it real enoughor universal enough apparently even 'scientists' can conclude that the wipeout of a small town in the Midwest automatically means the rest of the world is gone I don't recommend this book unless you are looking for a sleep aid

  9. Barbi Barbi says:

    While the premise is interesting this is an example of a book with terrible pacing The beginning of the book crawled and too much was jammed into the end It felt like two different book crammed into one At the end I was annoyed with myself for finishing the book

  10. Christy Christy says:

    The book jacket for Parasites Like Us states Times are changing in South Dakota Birds are disappearing Dogs are turning on mankind Hogs are no This is all true by about chapter nine of twelve And these are long chapters More than half of the book is taken up with the protagonist's life as an academic his relationship with his students his relationship with his father and his dead stepmother and the mother who abandoned him as a child and his infatuation with a new woman Yulia whom he meets at a party For a novel about a guy dealing with his own issues of loss desire and acceptance this works well For a novel about the end of the world not so muchNevertheless there are some really interesting ideas here One recurring idea is that of parasitism Hank Hannah the protagonist is a paleoanthropologist who studies the Clovis people the progenitors of Native Americans those people who came over to America at the end of the last Ice Age and subseuently wiped out huge swaths of mammalian life of the time Hannah argues that the Clovis were essentially parasites who took than they needed and left the world less diverse and interesting for it This concept is not limited in application to these ancient people howeverthese rich people gambling at the casino were the real Clovis people who used for themselves the resources of many who exploited their environment to depletion and once everything they wanted was gone would skip town The Clovis took and took and took leaving six hundred generations of descendents to fend for themselves in an impoverished world a place without horses to ride elephants to tame or camels to burden 89Similarly he thinks But the Clovis simply plundered the first sunny days of humanity just as we a thousand years overdue for the next Ice Age were plundering the last 125 And If the history of humanity has been the extinguishing other forms of life it's hard to say whether we have been evolving The Clovis built an empire of meat and their parting gift to the earth was to leave it thirty five species lighter And our last gasp was to eradicate hogs and birds 304 Parasites like us indeed Another idea that I found particularly compelling is Hannah's reflection on survivalThe you learned about life the it seemed an engine of little design and to survive its ueer lottery was what we called living You could choose to celebrate this survival as my father did or you could mourn the misfortunes of others which I figured was the least we could do But the future would prove us both wrong to live when others do not we were to learn isn't survival but being left behind 176 77This idea of survival as being left behind is one that comes out of Hank's particular situation he is scarred by his mother's abandonment of him but it is one that carries some weight for me too And on the subject of the afterlife Hank asks his father after the rest of humanity aside from the two of them and about 10 others that they've found thus far has been destroyed if he believes in an afterlife His father's answer is this Well if afterlife means to keep living on after life is over don't you think that's us? Aren't we doing that? But Hank wonders Couldn't we have made our lives matter during our before life? 332 This is a uestion worth holding on to What would we need to do to make our lives meaningful during the before life? What would we need to do to live by the credo illustrated by McCarthy's The Road to live as if everything we do matters even in the face of evidence to the contrary?Finally Hank in his narration of this tale of the near end of humanity for later generations includes his own personal philosophyI have come to believe after a life of research and personal observation that there are two fallacies to being human one great paradox and three crimes The first crime against existence is hope After that great savager of life the second crime is nostalgia generally a lesser offense Anthropology will teach you that there's no such thing as the good old days but hope hope drives death's getaway car 37The rest of the elements are scattered throughout the book waiting to be discovered The third crime against existence seems to be giving false hope to a child The two fallacies? Hank says the first is that people invariably believe they live in times of great change and significance Eighteenth century England believed it The pharaohs believed it Turn of the millennium America believes it 53 The second is the notion of 'climax' 144 the idea that we have a sense of great moments occurring as they occur the idea that the high points in our lives are clear to us This is simply not true he says citing multiple examples with of course many left unsaid of false climax moments when individuals declared this moment whatever it may have been to be the pinnacle of their achievements only to go on and do bigger and better things The one great paradox is that for someone truly to reside within you they must be wholly unavailable 260

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *