In 2004, he was the recipient of a John S. Well, the narrator is interesting, sympathetic, and descriptive which tends to be Spencer's thing when having a first-person male narrator. . But the constant self reflection that floods the book begins to feel a bit self indulgent and I found myself wondering at times if this was more a study of neurosis than an investigation of male libido. He gets the bright idea to chronicle his experience in a tell all book and actually gets some lucrative offers. He has offers to make him rich if he writes about it.
As I've said with other great writers and books that have missed their mark. From the moment he joins the other participants on the Fleming Tours chartered jet, Avery's unease begins to grow. There's a bit of a trick ending which may explain this shift -- but even if you buy the implication of the trick I was just never as engrossed in any part of the sex tour plot as I was with his relationship with Deidre. He graduated with honors in 2016. As the tour bounces from one Nordic country to another, Avery and his fellow travelers—most of them wealthy and accomplished—descend ever deeper into a blinding world that is equal parts hilarity and nightmare, until Avery suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the one person he never expected to see. The lack of him processing any emotion over the affair sends him into a severe well of doldrums with a vindictive agenda. But Willing is a miasma of gender-constructed hopelessness; of men stuck in their ruts, of men always getting in their, and women's, way.
If he discovered he couldn't, this could have been a story of a man accepting his life for what it is. Spencer tackles head on some very potent ideas: the commodification of feminine beauty, the violence underlying sublimated masculine exchange, American imperialism, and the sex tourism industry. There are dozens of beautiful phrases throughout. I don't know if Spencer was trying for something more symbolic, I just felt the ending didn't work. Maybe a man's relationship with his mother. He never develops these as much as you'd like--I couldn't help but think there were a few great if difficult chapters edited out at some point. I knew immediately I wanted to read it.
I read this because the author's npr interview was good. I'll be looking for other Spencer titles soon. Men behaving badly has been dominating the television landscape with shows like Mad Men and Californification, and now it has entered into literature with Willing. This began so well, insightful and intriguing, but by the time the main plot got going it had descended into not-particularly-funny farce. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the home, 7 Neal St. This was an unfortunate disappointment given the promising start. His resolve doesn't last long, and he's soon sucked into the vortex of male bonding and competition, human bondage, power, and strange family dynamics. However, sometimes a seemingly lawful reason for termination may be a cover-up for an illegal wrongful termination. His first-person narration is very seductive--you feel his plight, and identify with his pain.
This book has such promise, a guy flees a failing relationship plagued by deceit and infidelity by taking his uncle up on an offer for a once in a life time first class sex tour around the world. Lack of whitespace makes readers weary, shorter paragraphs and single lines mix it up visually and the reader is less intimidated by droning on and on, so they say. These services are entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc. To learn more about our employment experience, including wrongful discharge, discrimination and retaliation, or to obtain a free review of the facts of your case, call us at or to submit a Case Review form. Giving it two stars because of spencer's prose, otherwise it would be a one star.
Generationally, he might not be entirely right for the job. What starts off as a kind of fictional c I saw Spencer read from Willing last week at McNally Robinson's in New York. Maybe that was his whole point to the story about crossing moral boundaries and human codes of conduct. All of the characters are victims as well as perpetrators. His Uncle Ezra offers to help him get back on track by sending him on a high-end sex tour that includes stops in Reykjavik and Oslo, and Avery gets his big idea: write a book about the experience.
There are dozens of beautiful phrases throughout. The book was released by Harper Collins, not too shabby of a publisher, and yet no one saw that the gem of this book gets cracked by a truly awful ending? Scott Spencer is a great writer, but 'Willing' is just a good book. It's possible for a book to be at least two of those things, maybe all three, but this book doesn't quite achieve any of them. Although some of the plot isn't entirely convincing, the details from moment to moment are rich, captivating and often hilarious, and the description of Reykjavik's atmosphere dead-on. Guy with messed-up childhood needs a change in love and real estate.
Rather than develop due to his experiences he just went round in circles presumably due to the rather leaden plot device of a bump on the head. I felt like a psychiatrist trapped with a patient staring introspectively at, well, not his navel. Spencer has also worked as a journalist. The majority of the men are trying to escape something in their past and together they whore around the world, using women in other countries at their disposal. Instead, it is one step removed, being a novel based on the protagonist, Avery Jankowsky, getting a book deal to write about the sex tourism industry based on his personal experience on a sex tour in northern Europe. But I definitely think this book ends too soon when it comes to this characters take on life. I didn't want to know any of them.