The Cheese Stealer’s Handbook
“I used to write the truth, then smooth it out, tone it down, and try to make it plausible. Then my ex-made a convincing case against chronicling my life as a train wreck. She claimed my time would be better spent trying to write about who I want to become. “Write myself a destiny.” She said it because she wanted me to become happy . . . Fuck happiness. Happiness writes white. It does not show up on the page. First I think I have to excuse my past. No amount of liquor or drugs seems to get rid of the ghosts that haunt me. The ghosts have become buddies with the monkey on my back. I think the monkey might have substance abuse issues himself. Even if I did manage to chase away my demons there might nothing left over . . . If a better me is the goal, maybe I should consider exercise and eating right, or even eating solid food in general before tackling a novel. On second thought . . . where to begin?”
Laugh out loud tragedy … is that a thing? Well, now it is. – What a raw, unexpected and emotional ride!
A raunchy, in your face chronicle of complete debauchery, self-indulgence and character self-loathing. The Cheese Stealer’s Handbook is by and far one of the more unique things I have ever read. It reminded me of another book, “Wasting Talent by Ryan Leone” which was quite simply one of the greatest addiction stories I’ve ever read. (and re-read)
I received the book from the author, along with a handwritten letter – which I absolutely loved, and used as a bookmark. He wanted me to be as scathing as possible with this review, but quite honestly I think that Shoshaku is an exquisitely masterful writer in that he is either a junkie that can write superbly or, just a damn good writer that nailed the addicts’ mindset… Actually, he could be both, which is what sets this book apart from many others I’ve read.
I know people like the author, Their behavior gets to be ever so predictable after a while. But to SEE inside their heads, to read the thoughts as they pour out onto the page… now, that’s real magic right there! That was one of my favorite parts of reading this book, I felt that I was reading the words as the thoughts popped out of the writers head. I’m not one for defacing books, (at all) but found myself making notes in the margins for future giggles and re-reads.
This is not a safe book. It will stay with you. It will haunt you. It will take you down back alleys, beat you up, set you up in a seedy motel room, steal your money, leave you for dead, and never let you forget it. The wonder of this book is the way it manages to make you embrace horrible things, despicable things, things that you can’t imagine, things that you hope are only true in movies even though, somewhere in your very soul, you know the devil resides in all men.
Sorry, Shosh… no scathing from this reviewer!! I give this book a 10 out of 10!!