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Stuck Forever in the Throat of Society by [Sykes, Nathaniel]
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A quirky middle-aged writer for an Australian pulp magazine publisher, Stanley is on annual leave when he meets up with Dylan — his editor and friend — at a city pub. As Dylan nods off, wasted on heroin, Stanley enthuses about his new toy; a can of illegal pepper-spray, which he dubs ‘Mike Tyson in a can’. During a visit to the men’s room, he encounters an old antagonist, who he furtively sprays and gleefully watches fail. Thereafter, Stanley spends the remainder of his leave straying into bizarre and sometimes dangerous situations. He ruins his friend Troy’s life when, as a joke, he hands a random girl a defective condom in a nightclub. While doing Dylan a favour, he unwittingly conveys a stash of pure heroin, which he samples, thinking it to be cocaine. As a consequence he seemingly causes the death of an ex-prisoner he meets on a train and who decides that he is to become Stan’s new roommate. Meanwhile, a mystery nuisance caller has started causing Stanley some mild distress with repeated crank calls to his mobile. Glumly back at work, Stanley takes a Hitler doll purchased on company time along to a dinner, where he raises the ire of Ruby Hamblett, a spokeswoman for everything youth-oriented and politically correct. Things rapidly unravel as Ruby convinces Australia that Stanley is in fact a Nazi. He loses his job, his flat, and ends up living in a rooming house. With all that happens to him, it’s hard to know whether Stan is a victim of circumstance, or is receiving his karmic desserts. When he eventually goes on a drug fuelled evening of mayhem with Dylan’s lunatic flatmate, he learns that Ruby Hamblett isn’t the only architect of his downfall, but that treachery is afoot. Will he eventually come out tops, or is everything Stan touches doomed to defeat? And who IS that making those weird calls?

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  • File Size: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #527,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An excellent study of society. So tragic, in parts, but also, so hilarious, I damn near pissed myself! I highly recommend this book. Stan is a superb character!
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The underside of Sydney, where many of us fear to go. Let Stan take you there. Great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curb Your Enthusiasm meets American Psycho in an Australian comedy 5 December 2012
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I am drawn to comment on this book, one because it's by an Aussie, but mainly because it's such a strange beast, and I reckon it deserves an audience. Not sure if it has one right now and that's probably because they wouldn't know where to put it. I love books like that. The 'hero' of the book is a long way from a faultless character. The narrator is a real bastard, but I like him. At least he's honest. There's a kind of professional in a low life situation, and a blatant comment on political correctness and the relentless civil rights' rhetoric in our Western societies. The whole concept of buying an Adolf Hitler doll and the fallout just screams Larry David to me. But it moves at a fast pace and seems autobiographical at times. There's also a great sadness in it, at least to me, as this guy blows around his fortunes like a balloon being tossed by a cruel wind. He also says some of the funniest things about mindless celebrities I've read, suggesting Angelina Jolie collects her family 'according to a Dulux colour chart.' Amazed he got away with that. I'd seriously love to see how this translates to film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World According To Stanley! 9 August 2012
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A very funny, entertaining read, it's totally original and skillfully written ... Once I started reading a chapter, I couldn't stop until I'd finished it. Having uploaded it to my Android phone, I'd laugh out loud while reading it on the train and draw looks from other passengers. But now I have to say I'm not so keen on it, since my girlfriend has started reading it and I can't seem to get her attention. Even so, I look forward to the author's next offering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stan is the man 22 October 2012
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This book reminds me of some of Jay Mcinerney's work from the eighties - stylistically, I mean. First up, though, I have to be transparent and say I have known the author for some years.
But, believe me, he's even more of a difficult person than the protagonist of his book, so I'm definitely not saying nice things about it because I know him. A lot of the main character's misadventures are based on reality - as are the majority of the other characters in the book - so that will give you an insight into Nathan's disturbed, yet ingenious, brain.
Anyway, I'm honestly impressed by Nathan's first venture into the novel form. The story is quirky and funny as hell. It's raw, it's painful and, above all, honest.
Stuck Forever... is a bloody good read and I seriously believe Nathan is going to be a famous writer one of these days (it's one of the reasons I'm nice to him). This book should generate a lot of interest, worldwide. I hope so, because I've bought the bugger enough drinks over the years and I'd like to think that one day he'll be in a position to pay me back.

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