The Arena of the Unwell

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The Arena of the Unwell

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Pulled into a toxic and co-dependent relationship with Dylan and his brooding, enigmatic friend Fraser, Noah bounces distractedly between sweaty gigs and clubs, swapping beds and friends along the way. It was an easy read, I got through it quickly, if it sounds like your kind of thing, go ahead; if not it’s not one I’ll recommend. In 2002, World of Books Group was founded on an ethos to do good, protect the planet and support charities by enabling more goods to be reused. Another one where I’m counting the UK publication as making it a 2022 book, this is a complex tale of a trans woman obsessed with 60s band the Get Happiness and their mysterious leader B—.

I’ve written for quite a few different places with their own house styles, so that sort of chameleon-like ability came in handy.I was dreading reading it because I thought I’d find little to relate to within its alternative music backdrop, but found the novel to exceed the dregs of my expectations and, despite its flaws, to be an interesting exploration of queer non-belonging and neuroses in the indie scene. With all that being said, there are some truly harrowing and very realistic descriptions of addiction throughout. The jealousies, lies, manipulations, and small acts of cruelty add complex shades to his portrayal of love, affection, intimacy, and desire. It distracts me too much – not just from the words themselves, but also from the physical act of sitting down and actually doing something. never truly addressing ideas can be a comment on the normality of mh and the normalising of inaccessible support.

LK: I’m glad it’s inviting to people who aren’t familiar with the setting, although I’m not sure that’s anything I’ve done deliberately.was not well developed enough for the conclusion to really affect me – it was all happening at a distance. Konemann captures that intensity brilliantly; at times I felt like I was still peeling the grime of last night’s gig off my skin. As such he seems to feel an increased sense of alienation and has few opportunities for romantic encounters. There’s a basement flat that appears very briefly which is almost an exact copy of one I lived in several years ago.

Eventually, his dishevelled appearance and tardiness get him in trouble at work, and Noah finds himself crashing at Dylan and Fraser’s place. That being said, Konemann’s portrayal of the toxic central love triangle is a bit one-note, long-winded and repetitive; cheapened by the narrative’s reliance on coincidentally overheard/overseen conversations and interactions. As well as a lot of new and upcoming books, many of which did not make the cut for these lists, I read a lot of horror (including a month of it in October) and plenty of poetry. The novel reminds us of the sense of renewal in hearing songs that resonate and the thrill of live music.As Smiling Politely gear up to their first album in five years, he finds himself navigating their intense relationship, all while counting down his NHS-allocated therapy hours and spiralling mental health.

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