A tonic for self-help burnouts
"The Angry Clam" is like "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" with one important difference: "The Angry Clam" knows that it is a very silly book.
"Jonathan Livingston Seagull," on the other hand, was insufferably serious and, of course, enormously popular when published 25 years ago. In fact, it's still in print still appealing to folks who look to brainless pabulum like "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" and the like for inspiration.
"The Angry Clam" takes on the whole self-help, pop psychology industry and mocks it. Mercilessly. Cruelly. Wonderfully.
It is, no surprise, about a clam. A clam who is mad at the world for not recognizing how special and individual he is.
And so he plots his revenge, taking advantage of various self-help scams in designing his ultimately doomed strategy.
This is a very short book takes about 10 minutes to read, if that. The brief story is accompanied by the author's simple illustrations, which are all variations on two themes clam sitting around, clam in fisherman's net.
No way to tell if this book will become a best-seller like "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" it hits awful close to home for the tens of millions of Americans who buy insipid self-help and inspirational books. But for those of us who believe life is more than saccharine platitudes, it makes a nice tonic for all those dinner conversations where we were stuck listening to our relations go on and on about how wonderful "Love Story" or "The Notebook" were.
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