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The Faculty of Indifference Reviews

The Faculty of Indifference by Guy Ware

The Faculty of Indifference

Guy Ware

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Imprint: Salt Publishing
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Publication date: 15 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781784631765

The Faculty of Indifference is a comedy about counter-terrorism, torture, boredom, suicide and death by natural causes. Trapped between the memory of an intolerable past and the anticipation of so much worse to come, Exley finds there's nothing he can do but live.

4 stars out of 5
13 Nov 2019

"Ware’s strange, lyrical novel has real resonance, finding ordinary life as terrifying as the terrorists who threaten its destruction."

This might all sound a bit cerebral, and it is, but the book is made brutally real both by spasms of violence – slit bellies, bus-stop brawls and mass murder – and Ware’s fascination with the mundane. Routines are at this fine novel’s heart: beer rounds, paperwork, commutes, small talk and the olive-coloured office desks against which Exley desperately scratches himself instead of having an actual conversation with a doctor. The banal becomes eerie as Ware uncovers an alien terrain in “sheep-infested” countryside, the “glottal chug” of olive oil and the “butterscotch water” of the Thames.