Things Grak Hates by Peter J. Story
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I recently won a copy of Things Grak Hates, the debut novel by Peter J. Story, as a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm glad I did, as Things Grak Hates is the best book I've read in quite awhile AND the first book I've given 5 stars to under my new rating system.
The book is described as "a darkly funny and occasionally horrifying tale about a man who hates olives and the depths of sociopathy." It is so much more than that. The story is told through the eyes of Grak - a selfish, lazy, unskilled and, we come to find out, VERY manipulative prehistoric nomad. His simple hatred of olives, and his attempt to rid them from the food supply, begins a hysterical yet terrifying satiric tale of power, manipulation, greed, politics and belief. Grak goes from simple tribesman to tribe leader with horrifying consequences.
This book explores the human psyche on many levels. Peter J. Story's writing is impressive. His ability to create a story that is f*&king hysterical (yes, I actually found my self laughing out loud) while simultaneously exploring complex social issues is amazing. I would place Things Grak Hates up there with A Confederacy of Dunces and I highly recommend it.
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