I was quite excited about reading this Pulitzer Prize winner but never felt that it met my expectations in fact I was quite surprised that it won this award. I felt that the main character was uninteresting, unsympathetic and unrelatable and unliveable; that the paltry humor was only mildly amusing (not “hysterical” as one endorsement said), the ending was predictable and anticlimactic; and the book was not compelling.
It seemed to be quite focused on superficial themes and insights and involved beautiful looking people and self indulgent ways. Maybe the point was to illuminate the characters superficial orientation. In the end he seem to lose most of what he was indulgently attached to. Maybe there was a point in there somewhere and perhaps it does mirror a more collective indulgence that looms subtly.