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What did you love best about Loner?
I certainly didn't love this book, but instead found it fascinatingly intriguing. The shift from first person to second person narrative gave depth to the character's deepening obsession.
Who was your favorite character and why?
There were no favorite characters.
What about David Bendena’s performance did you like?
He did a good job conveying the main character's inner dialogue.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It definitely creeped me out.
Any additional comments?
This book provides a chilling glimpse into the compulsion of a psychopathic personality on a college campus.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
LONER is a well-crafted, caffeinated composition about a volatile, socially-impaired Harvard freshman from New Jersey and his poco loco fixation on an upper crust co-ed from Manhattan's upper East Side, who is not quite as transparent as she seems. Teddy Wayne builds this relationship slowly at first, then deftly manages a sort of whitewater rush where I kept looking for the next dangerous rocks.
The last 30 pages were like watching a long fuse burn toward a powder keg, or seeing another neurotic, introspective Hahvahd freshman Quentin Compson browse around Cambridge before diving into the Charles River--with Wayne's nod to Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, as near the novel's end the anti-hero David sees the plaque that is actually now on the Anderson Memorial Bridge above the Charles which reads
Drowned in the odour of honeysuckle.
This highly clever fireball of a relatively short novel has an explosive ending with a few unexpected surprises. Wayne also toys with our expectations based on gender and socio-economic status. I highly recommend this if you like psychological character studies.
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