Drinks For The Little Guy BOOK review

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Drinks For The Little Guy BOOK review
Jan 8, 2000, 02:46

DRINKS FOR THE LITTLE GUY by Sean Carswell; Gorsky Press, 1999

Set in coastal Florida, Drinks for the Little Guy tells the tale of a group of 20-something friends and what happens when one of their own mysteriously disappears. Against the backdrop of social angst and frustration, Drinks for the Little Guy attempts to capture the emotions of Gen-X post world hatred. What happens when you actually have to enter the reality of what you've fought against throughout an entire teenage career supplemented with punk rock, dope, strippers, and beer? Carswell's answer is to keep a group of childhood friends close to the place that they despise so that they can complain and theorize about life around them without embracing or overtly rejecting the factors that keep them tied to their mundane lifestyles. Fortunately as an adult you either accept your station in life or you opt to do something about it. With the exception of the disappearance of Chris Dunbar, the rest of the crew chooses to sit around and complain about how fucked up everything is instead of taking action. Their apathy carries over into their lack of action when Chris goes missing. By the time the mystery is solved you don't care about the welfare of any of the characters. If Carswell was shooting for social commentary, he chose the wrong folks to carry his message.

-Troy Brookins

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