I just finished reading Steps by Jerzy Kosinski.
In one word: Wow.
This book is definitely not for everyone. Because it’s weird. Very weird.
It’s stark, shocking, in-your-face.
But better than that, it’s thought-provoking.
The format is refreshingly-odd to what I am used to reading – typical novels. Instead, Steps is a collection of short autobiographical vignettes, written in a very interesting manner.
Blurbs on Kosinski’s Steps
After reading a short piece in the book, I usually had to set it aside.
How the hell did I just vividly imagine that scene when he gave so little descriptive detail? Did he intend mere face value? Or are the meat and potatoes at a deeper level and on a different island? Why am I unsettled by this? Was the shock necessary? And so on…
And I LOVE media that does that – make you THINK.
For a very brief taste, here’s a less shocking but no less thought-provoking, short vignette from the book.
A short vignette from Steps
If you can hang with crazy, stand a little shock and dig some urging to thought…
Pick up a copy of Steps and give it a read; you’ll be glad you did.
As an interesting aside… The first website I ever built was a horrible lil thing, way back when, hosted on a free site covered with adverts, etc. And it was called “Steps to Insanity”. The line between genius and madman, my friend, is thin indeed.
WARNING: Multiple reviews on Amazon.com say that the eBook version is absolutely horrible; you may want to go with the paperback.