The Lazy Boys by Carl Shuker
A Novel

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…and the only reasoning I can offer is that to fall is better than to stand still, and the dreams are bad but they are at least my own, but mostly that saying yes is easier than saying no, because in this world when you say yes no one ever asks you your reasons...

RICHEY SAUER, EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD, WHITE AND PRIVILEGED, drifts into Otago University. Tortured by a drunken incident he can’t remember involving a female student, he descends into a dizzying spiral of substance abuse, sex, bullying, and the violent slipstream of organized sport.

Set in Dunedin, a university town caught up in its own mythology that hides a world of sordid parties, private school cliques and institutionalized violence, THE LAZY BOYS presents a satirical vision of a generation unmoored from cultural nationalism, morality and prospects for the future—young men ripping away not only at the bonds of family and society, but themselves and everything that attracts them.

The bold follow-up to the award-winning THE METHOD ACTORS.

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Published August 29, 2011 by Counterpoint. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Students are allowed, expected, even obliged to keep up the image—carry out new feats of bonging, drink the most, the quickest, for the longest duration.” He has spent most of his grants and student allowances but has yet to attend a class, and, as the cancer-stricken angel who, one supposes, st...

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Richard "Souse" Sauer, the 18-year-old antihero narrator of New Zealand writer Shuker's second novel (after Method Actors ) is on a violent behavior jag that would make American Psycho 's Patrick Bateman proud.

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