Now this review deviates from the ones I’ve done before – previously I would dote upon the Romantic adventures of a simple student discovering they had magic, or generations of humans employing a supercomputer of their future. This review is infinitely more down to Earth.
One of the main reasons this review differs from the rest is God Hates Us All is actually a tie-in to Showtime’s show Californication. God Hates Us All is the hit novel written by fictional character Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny.) This novel is softer than the show Californication in tone, although it was just as heartbreaking in content.
We follow the escapades of our 21-years-young narrator and protagonist, as he undergoes a journey of lust, love, street-level pharmaceutical abuse. This coming of age novel is written brilliantly, sometimes fooling the readers into believing its sophistication with frequent literary allusions, only to pull expectations down again with a tasteless (but often still hilarious) joke. While it is not necessary to watch Californication to understand the full scope of the novel, it would be foolish not to. If Hank Moody was a real author, this is how I would imagine he would write. My only regret that this book is a relatively easy and quick read. I would have loved to hear more about the escapades of our protagonist.
Full of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, God Hates Us All is a novel of a man searching for meaning in his own lonely existence, and attempting to quell the destruction in his life. I’ve only encountered one other novel that has such a rich narrative, but that’ll be for post!
Until next time,
P.S. Apologies for not posting these past few weeks, have had my hands full with a holiday and graduation! More on that next time though.