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Extremists Robert McLiam Wilson

Extremists

Robert McLiam Wilson

Published December 28th 2006
ISBN : 9780436220869
Paperback
336 pages
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THE INFLATABLE CITIZEN opens with the central character trying to commit suicide. The phone rings. Naturally, he answers. The caller asks if this is a bad time. Not at all, he says. From this point on he is far too busy to kill himself. Meet Judas, aMoreTHE INFLATABLE CITIZEN opens with the central character trying to commit suicide. The phone rings. Naturally, he answers. The caller asks if this is a bad time. Not at all, he says. From this point on he is far too busy to kill himself. Meet Judas, a feckless thirtysomething whose past is littered with wrecked love affairs, his father an atheist who lurks outside churches telling people its mad to speak to the invisible man. All his life his mother has told him the maternal instinct is a fiction. His only two friends offer what help they can, but its not much: Edward is claustrophobic and agoraphobic at the same time- Doris is a drunken, 60-a-day sexaholic cokefiend, and the only woman Judas knows who is still speaking to him. The phone call informs him that the daughter Judas never knew he had has disappeared. For some reason, Judas has to locate her and while searching he begins to find small reasons to live, particularly in the people he meets: Billy the shy burglar who secretly installs stolen goods in the house belonging to the woman he loves- Onie, a man whose pornography habit has grown so out of control he fast-forwards through sex scenes to get to the plot sections- and Eve, the perfect woman who is so beautiful, intelligent and kind that no one can stand her.