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Indecision - A Novel

Benjamin Kunkel

Benjamin Kunkel's brilliantly comic debut novel concerns one of the central maladies of our time-a pathological indecision that turns abundance into an affliction and opportunity into a curse. Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he's having a midlife crisis. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom. And a few sessions of psychoanalysis conducted by his sister have distinctly failed to help with his biggest problem: a chronic inability to make up his mind. Encouraged by one of his roommates to try an experimental pharmaceutical meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at the chance (not without some meditation on the hazards of jumping) and swallows the first fateful pill. And when all at once he is "pfired" from Pfizer and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams, he finds himself on the brink of a new life. The trouble-well, one of the troubles-is that Dwight can't decide if the pills are working. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, in the foreign country of a changed outlook, his would-be romantic escape becomes a hilarious journey into unbidden responsibility and unwelcome knowledge. How to affirm happiness without living in constant denial of the ways of the world? How to commit, and to what? At once funny and poignant, gentle and outrageous, finely intelligent and proudly silly, Indecision rings with a voice of great energy and originality, while its deeper inquiries reflect the concerns and style of a generation. "Here's what Indecision gives you: sustained social and intellectual comedy, possibly the last but certainly the funniest Superfluous Man in modern literature, drive-by satire, plus detailed set-piece send-ups of Young Adult colgrads at work and play. The mockery is humane. The tale of Dwight Wilmerding is told with style and care. And there's a surprising ending. Benjamin Kunkel, welcome!" -Norman Rus

Benjamin Kunkel's brilliantly comic debut novel concerns one of the central maladies of our time-a pathological indecision that turns abundance into an affliction and opportunity into a curse. Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he's having a midlife crisis. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom. And a few sessions of psychoanalysis conducted by his sister have distinctly failed to help with his biggest problem: a chronic inability to make up his mind. Encouraged by one of his roommates to try an experimental pharmaceutical meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at the chance (not without some meditation on the hazards of jumping) and swallows the first fateful pill. And when all at once he is "pfired" from Pfizer and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams, he finds himself on the brink of a new life. The trouble-well, one of the troubles-is that Dwight can't decide if the pills are working. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, in the foreign country of a changed outlook, his would-be romantic escape becomes a hilarious journey into unbidden responsibility and unwelcome knowledge. How to affirm happiness without living in constant denial of the ways of the world? How to commit, and to what? At once funny and poignant, gentle and outrageous, finely intelligent and proudly silly, Indecision rings with a voice of great energy and originality, while its deeper inquiries reflect the concerns and style of a generation. "Here's what Indecision gives you: sustained social and intellectual comedy, possibly the last but certainly the funniest Superfluous Man in modern literature, drive-by satire, plus detailed set-piece send-ups of Young Adult colgrads at work and play. The mockery is humane. The tale of Dwight Wilmerding is told with style and care. And there's a surprising ending. Benjamin Kunkel, welcome!" -Norman Rus
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Benjamin Kunkel's brilliantly comic debut novel concerns one of the central maladies of our time-a pathological indecision that turns abundance into an affliction and opportunity into a curse. Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he's having a midlife crisis. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom. And a few sessions of psychoanalysis conducted by his sister have distinctly failed to help with his biggest problem: a chronic inability to make up his mind. Encouraged by one of his roommates to try an experimental pharmaceutical meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at the chance (not without some meditation on the hazards of jumping) and swallows the first fateful pill. And when all at once he is "pfired" from Pfizer and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams, he finds himself on the brink of a new life. The trouble-well, one of the troubles-is that Dwight can't decide if the pills are working. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, in the foreign country of a changed outlook, his would-be romantic escape becomes a hilarious journey into unbidden responsibility and unwelcome knowledge. How to affirm happiness without living in constant denial of the ways of the world? How to commit, and to what? At once funny and poignant, gentle and outrageous, finely intelligent and proudly silly, Indecision rings with a voice of great energy and originality, while its deeper inquiries reflect the concerns and style of a generation. "Here's what Indecision gives you: sustained social and intellectual comedy, possibly the last but certainly the funniest Superfluous Man in modern literature, drive-by satire, plus detailed set-piece send-ups of Young Adult colgrads at work and play. The mockery is humane. The tale of Dwight Wilmerding is told with style and care. And there's a surprising ending. Benjamin Kunkel, welcome!" -Norman Rus

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Frederic

Length:

8h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:16


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:10


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:10


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:22


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:01


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:34


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:45


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:37


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:40


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:26


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:12


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:38


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:40


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:36


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:50


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:05


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:55


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:34


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:46


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:31


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:33


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:36


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:19


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:43