June 5, 2013

Book Review: "Youth" by Jayme K.

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Youth, by Jayme K.

Youth
By Jayme K.
Before Sunrise Press
Reviewed by Yair Ben-Zvi

A slight (too slight) short piece that still manages to leave a sizable impression on the reader. I've been unfamiliar with Jayme K's work up until now but I hope to change that soon as he has a definite voice that, with some polish and more substance, will yield some true literary merit. The story here shines in the details, the anger and frustration of a kid shunted aside in high school where apathy and resignation reign and the most primitive and authoritarian of hierarchies take hold where, simultaneously, a bureaucracy lacking soul and mind is allowed free reign. As far as authorial precedent I detected the resigned bitterness of Bukowski (minus the sardonic wit) but with definite echoes of James Jones and his individual lost amid a faceless and heartless system, only now with the US Army replaced by a US school system. The binding agent between these three authors could be said to be this sobering, but nontheless true, idea: that sometimes all we have is our rage sometimes, and pursuant to that, a kind of wrath. Not a revelation of a story by any means, but the rage is palpable, and certainly makes it worth a read.

Out of 10: 6.6

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Filed by Yair Ben-Zvi at 4:32 PM, June 5, 2013. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Fiction | Yair Ben-Zvi |