In a time that calls for a redefinition of the human roles within society, Simon Pont offers us a type of protagonist we rarely come across; neither a `superhero' nor the -by now dead and gone - `ordinary man'.
The character of Samuel Grant is unique in his uncensored, impudent, vulnerability. A 27 year old `little boy lost', a `work in progress', presented to us with all his flaws and contradictions, without us losing our liking for him for a single moment. We witness Sam undergoing a deep personal crisis, as he's slowly coming of age, by, essentially, blowing everything up.
The further he deviates from a stereotypical `golden boy' success story, however, the closer he gets to the most essential and unaffected values of being.
In this particular way, Samuel Grant is a rebel. Not an outspoken rebel who has very little and tries to earn more, but a rather new breed: a `first world rebel' with `first world problems', who has it all yet throws it away in order to pursuit a different life unhindered by corporate drudgery and flimsy affairs. A life that no system has managed to offer.
Personally, I hadn't seen ever since Palahniuk's `Fight Club' such an audacious and honest portrayal of man in the modern world.
Set in the festive backdrop of the late `90's, `Remember to Breathe' achieves to be a tangy critic of the current era while at the same time bearing the bittersweet nostalgia of an innocence lost.
I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to everyone, since I consider it to be one of the best and wittiest pieces of literature I've read in over a decade.
Remember to Breathe (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/11/1
SAMUEL GRANT IS A COMPLETE ORIGINAL Sue Magee, reviewing for The Bookbag "I thought I would dislike him. I wanted to dislike him, but I couldn't. Even in the depths of self-pity and self-loathing you sense Samuel Grant knows exactly what he's doing - that he's watching and judging the performance. He's blisteringly funny. I laughed myself to tears. Remember to Breathe is character driven rather than plot driven. You can attach all sorts of tags to it - rom-com, coming-of-age - but if you enjoy characters who come off the page and behave outrageously and a storyline that's insightful then this could well be the book for you. I do hope that there'll be a sequel." SEX, DESPAIR & THE INTERNET BOOM Daisy Buchanan, reviewing for Sabotage Times "Pont's narrative pace alternates between the breakneck giddiness of a nihilistic night out, and the sad, slow burn of healing and waiting. Sam's experiences are so well drawn and the novel's powerful sense of place, with certain parts of London described so vividly, that I can smell them - and the social history angle, which evokes the recent past in a way that is always accurate and interesting without veering towards the sentimental. The main strength of Remember to Breathe is its honesty about men, women and how they hurt each other. It's frank about the way that feminism and femininity has been politicised and masculinity marginalised as a series of trends. And Sam's advertising role gives Pont the opportunity to reflect on how lives are ruined by sloganeering - Having It All is always going to clash with Happy Ever After. It holds its own as a Generation Y coming of age title, and reminds us that no-one is immune from being derailed by extreme emotion, no matter how grown up you think you are."
Simon Pont==========Simon Pont is a writer, commentator and brand-builder. His agency career includes being part of Saatchi & Saatchi and Naked Communications, the pioneers of Communications Planning. Hollywood movie studios, Icelandic investment banks, British chocolate bars and Middle Eastern airlines figure amongst his time on the inside of Adland. Simon is the Chief Strategy Officer at agency network Vizeum, and an EACA Effies judge. Simon is the author of 'The Better Mousetrap: Brand Invention in a Media Democracy' and 'Digital State: How the Internet is Changing Everything'.
- 出版社 : Urbane Pubns (2012/11/1)
- 発売日 : 2012/11/1
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 332ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1909273007
- ISBN-13 : 978-1909273009
- 寸法 : 12.7 x 2.79 x 20.32 cm
Trip down memory lane...2013年2月22日に英国でレビュー済み
As someone who ducked and weaved their way through the hedonistic whirl that was the London advertising scene in the late Nineties, this book struck a scarily familiar chord with me from the start. Our anti-hero Samuel Grant is a not a individual one loves from the start and throughout Remember To Breathe, I largely couldn't decide whether I wanted to shake him by the hand or smack him in the face. This a good thing by the way. A one-dimensional character he is not and despite this being his debut novel, Simon Pont has succeeded in brilliantly articulating the complexities and self-indulgent inner dialogue of a semi-modern man. I loved the juxtaposition of the acid-tongued Sam at work alongside the self-pitying inner turmoil of a man who is almost entirely to blame for his own heartbreak. As for the crucial scene in the curry house, is there a worst date scenario in existence?! Loved this book - do yourself a favour - get it, read it and hope like hell for a follow-up...
Party like it's 1999!2012年11月3日に英国でレビュー済み
A great find! I always enjoy trying new and debut fiction, and this is a wonderful book, really capturing the late 90s setting of brash city boys, ad speak and too many regrettable nights. Yet amongst the satire and educated laddish charm, there's an emotional depth to the characters. Samuel Grant has his faults, and there are many, but you'll still be rooting for him to the very end. If you enjoy the charm and humour of One Day, and like your characters to be by turns realistic and challenging, you'll love this fantastic slice of funky, fun but thoughtful fiction. Highly recommended!
Party like it's 1999!A great find! I always enjoy trying new and debut fiction, and this is a wonderful book, really capturing the late 90s setting of brash city boys, ad speak and too many regrettable nights. Yet amongst the satire and educated laddish charm, there's an emotional depth to the characters. Samuel Grant has his faults, and there are many, but you'll still be rooting for him to the very end. If you enjoy the charm and humour of One Day, and like your characters to be by turns realistic and challenging, you'll love this fantastic slice of funky, fun but thoughtful fiction. Highly recommended!
I have met Samuel Grant!2012年12月4日に英国でレビュー済み
Somewhere between an edgy Richard Curtis and David Nicholls' `One Day' (only I'd volunteer better written), `Remember to Breathe' is very smart, funny, and provocative. It's a polemic - about relationships; the gender divide; what men really think and feel about women. Golly! The main protagonist, Samuel Grant, is a young man of the 90's, a (by)product of his time, and London serves as backdrop to his nursing of broken heart, bruised ego, and (a form of) rites of passage awakening. Will you like Samuel? Will you hate him? You'll very likely do both, and you'll laugh with him AND at him along the way. This is great stuff from Simon Pont, a talented wordsmith who writes with pace, and demonstrates a genuine ear for punchy dialogue. A fine novel.