With his vivid, stylized prose, cyberpunk intensity, and seemingly limitless imagination, Jack Womack has been compared to both William Gibson and Kurt. With everyone thinking about “The Handmaid’s Tale” after the election, Ron Hogan believes “Random Acts of Senseless Violence” is also. A sort of prequel to his previous novels (Ambient, Elvissey, etc.), Womack’s latest may be his best, a dark and riveting look at where our disintegrating.

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I know you’re violencce with me but time shorts and I have to solo present. Or maybe it’s just not a Dear Diary You are the only one I can turn too when I am troubled and have no one to talk too. Does the author have kids?

The use of language from normal English to slang which often I could hardly understand to show how bad things got was great. The transformation is something we watch on a number of levels at once: Want to Read saving…. It will also probably be the last I read by this competent author, unless another book is much different from this one.

Lola’s parents give her a bunch of the usual things– new clothes, some new books, other various presents– but most notable among the presents is Lola’s new diary, which she names Anne. Anyway, this novel violende the disintegration of our heroine’s privileged sensleess Manhattan rxndom bit by bit as all the problems inherent in the rich Western lifestyle which makes it doomed, doomed I say, irredeemably doomed rise up like a fetid sewerey sea of unfixable breakdown and commences to drown everyone.

See 2 questions about Random Acts of Senseless Violence…. The end left me with a big lump in my throat I thought of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, then of Charly in Flowers for Algernon, then of Hamlet’s “The readiness is all” as he avenged his father’s murder and sealed his own fate.

And that’s nowhere dad, that just ain’t cool Diary. Views Read Edit View history. Her two close friends, Lori and Katherine, are as wild and confused as two year olds can be.


Still, it’s prescient, no doubt, and the teenage Lola, as the antithetical Ann This novel should be compusory reading in every school. It has happened in plenty of places. For doing that job, we all owe him thanks. In fact, the only indication that anything is going wrong is that there seem to be small outbreaks of violence throughout the city, but since these are nowhere near the Harts, it’s barely worth Lola’s notice.

Others have mentioned a similarity to A Clockwork Orange and I think this is a very apt comparison. But my ever lovin’ Diary this became sendeless nowheresville fast man.

Does it get better? He also said on the advice of advisors mobs of animals in the city would be shown no mercy. The way that total social breakdown plays out in the background of her daily doings is nothing short of brilliant.

And the LGBT angle was unexpected and very real and, in a way, also very 90s. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. In this relatively common dystopian premise, we follow an uncommon protagonist not a bureaucratic worker drone! Even though I wanted to read something more cheering, I could not put this novel down. Whether it’s sibling rivalry, catty girl behavior, exploring sexuality, economic collapse affecting everyone, addiction, inner city war, gangs, survival, they all grip you and tear you asunder.

It is told from the point of view of a young girl whom we get to watch disintegrate in exquisite detail. Too bad it was a cult book at a time when it should have domack a best-seller. A young girl, Lola, going through the typical challenges of school and puberty, describing her life in a very matter-of-fact way, as her world crumbles around her.

Random Acts of Senseless Violence

She’s definitely tandom a cypher, and I thank the author for that. Or maybe it’s just not anything very special. Her father is a writer, but no one is buying his scripts. Like any teenager, she picks up their phrases and mannerisms, and slowly, and surprisingly subtly given that this is not a very long book, her language changes.

And maybe, just maybe, you will reach the point where you have no choice precisely because you refused to think about those things until they were upon you.


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In the end, I will only recommend this to people who obsessively read every piece of dystopian fiction they can find or to people who might enjoy seeing parts of New York fall apart. From me 2 stars is a gift. I can not do this book the justice it deserves, just read it From her classroom in Brearley, an upscale private school, Lola can see the helicopters flying over Brooklyn and the smoke from the constantly burning fires. Yes I did, that’s a large part of why I didn’t care for it At its heart it is a very dark coming of age story of a 12 year old girl who has to grow up fast in a world that is falling apart.

Jul 25, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: And then have a nice comedy to read directly afterwards. Though the transformation is believable even if the series of unfortunate events is sometimes notand emotionally affecting.

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Set in the near future, in a dystopian Manhattan, we watch helplessly as unemployment and violence rises, riots occur, the government crumbles and the story gathers so much momentum that nothing can stop it. I’m not really into coming of a OK, this novel, my second of Womack’s and a sort of prequel to Ambient and Elvissey, ssnseless none of the same characters, the near future setting of NYC is the same.

There’s ‘easter-eggs’ in there, but its more grounded that the others and can stand alone.

He said the nation was poised for recovery like he always said. It helps that Lola’s a very human presence, and very believably written.

Stupid North American Englishie.

That, surely, is crackpot.