Anxious People

I wasn’t sure what this book was supposed to be.

It started off as a bank robbery gone awry. A few dozen pages later, it become a surprisingly heartfelt discussions on morality of intentions, and depressive thoughts. At other times, it tried its best to be a comedy (though, I don’t think it really worked for me).

In the end, I thought it tried to hard to be all three. As a mystery, I thought the “twist” was not that inventive. I did like how the the individual stories from each character played into the overarching mystery though. And also to be fair, it was arguably one of the more realistic resolutions that one can imagine.

As a comedy, it just didn’t click with me. I’m not sure whether it’s the characters or just the way my humor works… but I just didn’t laugh that much at all. Compare this to the Walk in the Woods which I’m currently reading now which has me audibly snickering.

Finally, as a character study, I didn’t much care for the characters. I found them grating, and rather unenjoyable to be around.

I can see why some people would like the book (hence the Netflix adaptation), but it’s not for me.

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