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The Seven Days of Peter Crumb: A Novel (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Jonny Glynn (Author)

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Title:The Seven Days of Peter Crumb: A Novel
Authors:Jonny Glynn (Author)
Info:Harper Perennial (2007), Edition: First U.S. Edition, 229 pages
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The Seven Days of Peter Crumb: A Novel (P.S.) by Jonny Glynn (2007)

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    Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Similar content. Though, believe it or not, Q_P_ in Zombie is a more functional psychopath than Peter Crumb.
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    People Live Still in Cashtown Corners by Tony Burgess (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Both are glimpses into the head of a psychopath. Cashtown's crazyman is a bit more "realistic" while Crumb is way more psychotic. Both are gory and disturbing.
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    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (gooneruk)
    gooneruk: Peter Crumb is more intense, shorter, and more schizophrenic, but Bateman is a good cross-Atlantic mirror for him.

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The premise of this book was interesting - a man is going to kill himself in seven days, so he lives each of his last days according to a newspaper headline. This means his days were filled with abuse, murder, and drugs. Along with a traumatic incident from his past, Peter Crumb is struggling with an alter ego who convinces him to do bad things. He has many quirks - some are twisted, but some are endearing, such as telling the time by compass directions. The writing style, however, was hard for me to get used to, and I feel like the ending wasn't really worthy of all that had been built up. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
Engrossing diary of a madman. ( )
  Matt_Sessions | Sep 26, 2012 |
Scary but fascinating!
  justinegriffin | Aug 26, 2012 |
Okay - it's been compared to American Psycho because, I suppose, the main character is a psychopath. However, in American Psycho, the main character is written as a functional person, living a functional life; this is not the case in Crumb... he's a raving lunatic who pisses in his own pants on the bus.

And there really isn't a story here. There's no plot, no storyline, no conclusion: we see 7 days in a lunatics head - complete with raving hallucinations and several gory and detailed murders. So. As a babbling examination of what it might be like in a crazy person's head, it's mildly interesting. But as a novel in which you'd expect there to be some storyline or a plot with some sort of resolution, it's a complete flop.

It is very graphic and creepy. I wish there had been some storyline to it that would have made all this smooth, detailed and creative writing worth the time it takes to read. ( )
  crazybatcow | Sep 18, 2011 |
A very twisted book about a person you you would not want to spend time with ( )
  zmagic69 | Jul 19, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061351482, Paperback)

Intelligent, wry, and seriously twisted, Peter Crumb is a man who suffers two personalities, only one of which is capable of remorse. His life has been derailed by a single, devastating act of violence, and now, in what he intends to be his last week on earth, he is determined to leave his mark upon humanity—randomly, unjustly, with infinite attention to detail. Allowing the morning's newspaper headlines to loosely dictate his actions, Crumb sets out on a weeklong descent into hell, determined to drag as many as possible into the darkness along with him.

Gritty, dazzling, and profoundly disturbing, Jonny Glynn's The Seven Days of Peter Crumb is an extraordinary debut that portrays the deterioration of a severely splintered soul.

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"Peter Crumb is a man whose life has been derailed by a single, devastating act of violence in his past. Now, in what he intends to be his last week on earth, he is determined to leave his mark upon humanity -randomly, unjustly, with infinite attention to detail. And Monday means murder."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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