#27 – The Gospel of Anarchy – Justin Taylor

In landlocked Gainesville, Florida, in the hot, fraught summer of 1999, a college dropout named David sleepwalks through his life—a dull haze of office work and Internet porn—until a run-in with a lost friend jolts him from his torpor. He is drawn into the vibrant but grimy world of Fishgut, a rundown house where a loose collective of anarchists, burnouts, and libertines practice utopia outside society and the law.

Some even see their lifestyle as a spiritual calling. They watch for the return of a mysterious hobo who will—they hope—transform their punk oasis into the Bethlehem of a zealous, strange new creed.

In his dark and mesmerizing debut novel, Justin Taylor (“a master of the modern snapshot”—Los Angeles Times) explores the borders between religion and politics, faith and fanaticism, desire and need—and what happens when those borders are breached. – Publishers Website

I have to admit, this was a very different book.  I was really looking forward to it.  When I received it and started reading it, I was taken aback with some of the content regarding the sexual dialogue in the beginning of the book.  I did push through and finish reading it and thought it was more of a philosophical approach to the book then what I originally thought.  So, if you are one of those people who understand the deep philosophical train of thought, this book is for you.  If you aren’t then you may want to choose another.  This is my personal, honest opinion.  That doesn’t mean it will or won’t be the book for you.

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