Yes, “Eeeee Eee Eeee” is really the title of this book. And yes, it’s an appropriate title. The book is about odd young people living odd lives and thinking odd things, so why shouldn’t have one of the oddest titles in the history of the literary industry?
The story is essentially about a screwed up Domino’s Pizza delivery guy who ends up in an underground world suicidal dolphins and depressed bears.
If that weren’t enough to get you itchin’ to read this book, here’s a snippet from the Publisher’s Weekly review for this crazy tale:
“Poet and blogger Lin’s debut novel uneasily documents the life of Andrew, a recent college graduate working at Domino’s Pizza while over-analyzing every aspect of his life: past, present and futureless. He drives through the suburbs reminiscing about college life in New York and his ex-girlfriend, stopping occasionally to express his boredom to his best friend Steve. When at one point, Andrew states that he wants to “wreak complex and profound havoc” upon capitalist establishments such as McDonald’s, it feels like Lin is attempting the same kind of attack on organized art. The novel, while short on plot, makes abrupt shifts in setting and point of view, and is pierced throughout by celebrity cameos and surreal touches: bears, dolphins (who say “Eeeee Eee Eeee” to express emotion, in spite of their ability to speak like humans), Salman Rushdie, and the president make grandiose declarations that are heavily saturated with the same sardonic wit displayed by Andrew and his friends. The novel dips dangerously into metafiction, with Andrew in the middle of ‘writing a book of stories about people who are doomed.’ The characters’ repetitive thoughts and conversations become strangely hypnotic, however, and Lin’s sympathetic fascination with the meaning of life is full of profound and often hilarious insights. ”
Imagine the book-buying scenario as an eager reader looking for this book saunters into a Barnes & Noble.
B&N salesperson: “Hello, welcome to Barnes and Noble. Can I help you?”
Buyer: “Yeah, i’m looking for EEEEE EEE EEEE!”
B&N salesperson: “Uh…security!”
It’s quite possible this kind of warped purchase scenario occurred to the author, Tao Lin, a strange little Asian man whose personal website is http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com
I do suggest you read this book. It’s a real mind-bender. It reminds me a lot of the days when I tried to wrap my head around the non-linear and often nonsensical prose of William S. Burroughs. If you want to sample Tao Lin’s work, take a peek at the “Look Inside Link” on the book’s Amazon page. Let me know if you have a craving for pizza afterwards.