Review from a Transgressive Fiction Fan
300,000,000 is the first literary event in the post-David Foster Wallace era. Whatever you might expect of that novel , it’s most-likely not what you think it is. It’s bound to become the anthem-novel of a generation of disowned young intellectuals who afe angry at America. Blake Butler wrote a transcendent, ground-breaking and apocalyptic book inspired by Vladimir Nabokov, Georges Bataille, Sigmund Freud, James Ellroy and, of course, David Foster Wallace. 300,000,000 is magnificent like only the end of the world can be.
“Insightful” Review from a Mainstream Reader
I was on page 289 before I finally gave up. Very close to the ending, yes, but I just couldn’t take it any more. If I’m this far into it, shouldn’t I give more of a shit how it ends? Shouldn’t I actually care, even a little bit, what happens to at least one of the book’s characters? Does this pretentious novel even have any characters?
It doesn’t. I didn’t. And I don’t.
I enjoy reading too much to waste the time on a book that bores me.