Originally Posted by DOOM@ALL_CAPS
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll definitely check it out.
I'm thinking I'd like to read a book where the protagonist is depressed or detached. Any recommendations?
Well, the classic of detachment is, of course, Camus's The Stranger.
I thought the portrait of bipolar depression of one of the three characters (the one based on DFW) in The Marriage Plot
was very well-handled.
For first-person narratives from the point-of-view and in the voice of a depressed character, it's my impression that almost any of Thomas Bernhard's novellas will serve. I've only read one, Wittgenstein’s Nephew: A Friendship
, which is a one-hundred-page-long paragraph of internal ruminations by a character who shares the author’s name (and experiences) and is a sour, supercilious, arrogant misanthrope. This kind of long internal monologue of a disturbed and socially-alienated individual seems to be a form that Europeans particularly like. I guess its tradition is rooted in Notes from the Underground
, which I do admire, but it is rarely something I enjoy. (Though I did like Bernhard's book more than the often-praised but extremely sour Houellebecq’s Elementary Particles