‘How could this possibly happen? Given what lay before me, how could I not have been aroused? It was less an illness than a talent. I should have joined a traveling circus. Behold the incredible mental power and unimaginable fortitude of the Human Windsock. There I would stand, naked, with chest puffed and clenched fists on hips, as a parade of stunning women in bikinis strutted before me. The crowd would ooh and ahh, enthralled by my incomprehensible disinterest…’
As a child, Simon is convinced there is something wrong with him. He is plagued with illness, has a nose shaped like a mountain range, and a distracting voice in his head is hell-bent on ruining his life.
Thus begins his desperate search for normality.
In his early teenage years, Simon’s linguistic constipation forces him to rely on his actions to build social credibility, and he turns to shoplifting as a means of impressing his peers (briefly becoming the most popular kid in school as a merchant of stolen pornography). As a young adult he finds acceptance in alcohol and recreational drug abuse, triggering a dangerous descent into a social underbelly that leads to encounters with an array of strange characters and situations.
And just when he thinks he has escaped his past demons, Simon’s former life delivers a few more unwelcome surprises, including one which results in years of expensive lawsuits…
Massively entertaining, Limp takes the reader on a funny, compelling and unpredictable journey that shows how everything we experience in life—every flaw, every fault, every ripple and tectonic shift—can lead to the place of our dreams.
Genre: Nonfiction – Memoir
One look at the books I’ve read and you can tell I’m not a big nonfiction reader. However I picked up Limp by Simon Eli Vella because of two words: “comedic memoir.” The synopsis sounded like it would deliver on this promise and being a bit nosy I figured I’d give it a shot. I’m really glad I did! Limp definitely delivers on being funny while exploring the author’s introvertedness and anxieties that lead him down the path of least resistance and substance abuse to cope with other people. As a fellow introvert I can definitely relate to a big portion of this book, especially living in two worlds: internal vs external.
This book was funny, honest and often brutal, especially in the author’s portrayal of both himself and the others around him. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and recommend it anyone, especially to those who like memoirs.
I received this book for free from the author/publisher via NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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