A Dark Room Awaits
eBook (PDF), 221 Pages
David Russell Kirby is the ultimate player. He and his friends always know how to have a good time. But as age and the rigors of married life come crashing down, we witness David's fall into a dim world of loneliness and desolation. And when he finally reaches the bottom, he is faced with the ultimate decision. Change or die. Watch David emerge from his dark, secretive existence—a place where pain, lies and madness work together in mysterious harmony, and inner demons attempt to thwart him at every turn. Yet, he will carry on with stubborn conviction, guided by a faint light that burns somewhere in the deep hollows of his soul—a light that has the power to brighten even the darkest of places. An uproarious, heartbreaking page-turner, Wade Boudreaux’s first novel reveals secrets of the male psyche that may be better left unknown.
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Oct 13, 2009"Dark, Disgusting, Uplifting and Spiritual all in one" One of the coolest things about this novel is that it is a paradox unto itself. It is dark but enlightening, disgusting yet beautiful, ungodly but spiritual, and simple-minded yet filled with layers of mesmerizing depth. I do not know if A Dark Room Awaits is truth or fiction, but it is told with such certainty that its roots must be based on past experience. I say this because the people and places the author brings to life are so solidly real that I believed every word of it. This is simply a wonderful book—a dark, spiritual classic in my opinion. It is American Psycho meets Fight Club meets The Shawshank Redemption. I read the complete novel of 215 pages in about half a day. I could not even put it down to use the bathroom. I had to take it with me! The protagonist is David Russell Kirby and the setting is Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in the late 1990s-early 2000s. The story begins with a myriad of juicy sex scenes... More > and deplorable male frivolity. As the plot develops, we witness a slow but ever-progressing change in David Kirby. He changes in both body and spirit and digresses until he reaches the bottom of a pit, from which he thinks he can never escape. I have read other reviews that stated the book reminded them of Catcher in the Rye. I generally do not agree, except for the fact that David makes a simple choice as to what his fate will be, then simply carries out his plan to the end. This carrying out of the plan is so detailed that I believe I could actually use his methods and achieve all the things he accomplished. The “dark room” is mentioned several times in the novel and is what David believes his ultimate fate to be. He believes this because he thinks there is no redemption for his immoral past and all that awaits him is a cold, dark existence until the end of time. The second half of the book was so unlike the first half that at first I thought someone else must have written it. Then I understood that the first half of the book was written in such a graphic way to better illustrate both the profound change that had occurred in David, and how much our own attitudes and feelings changed about David by the end. As the book is told in first-person, David Kirby is the author and even the writing style changes as he changes from grown child to man. I could tell that the ending place of the story had special meaning to the author and his group of friends. The ending really had me smiling in awe—it gave me chills, like I, myself, was one of those waiting for him in that room. It was one of those great, thought-provoking endings to an old story of how the basic goodness in man can triumph over evil—even if the evil is within one self. I look forward to many more like this from the author, hopefully some future novel to help answer the questions left unresolved? Who is the man that changed the world, nearly destroying it? Why was the rain black? Why does David Kirby see D again within the timeframe of the last two chapters? I would love to find out!! All in all, I believe that this book is one of those rare stones you find in a field. It may not be a diamond, but it is something very special to the finder. This book moved me, and will happily grace my bookshelf for a long, long time. Congratulations to Wade Boudreaux on writing this first novel. I loved it.< Less
Aug 25, 2009"Mesmerizing...dark and brilliant...a must read" When reading the first few chapters of "A Dark Room Awaits," I laughed so hard, my wife thought I was going insane. The thoughts and actions of the main character in this book will seem very familiar to most of us men. If you're anything like me, you'll laugh until you cry at some of the stories in this book. At first, the novel seemed like a guy's book--hilarious and filled with lots of dirt, but without deep meaning. But as I read on, things began to get serious and more mysterious by the flipping of each page. Little questions in the back of my mind began getting answered one by one, as the function of the foreshadowing begins to come into light. Things are definitely not what they seem in this book. Everything builds and leads to the duel ending, which is truly amazing. It is one of those endings that will leave your jaw open. I stared at the book for about a minute after I finished it. After all is made known, I... More > had to read the book again to better appreciate the purpose of the story. That said, the main character in the novel, David Kirby, is even more of a mystery to me now than ever. There are lingering questions that may never be answered without further revelation from the author. I know that this book will probably not be for everyone, but to those who love books that offer a mix of humor, drama, mystery, and despair all wrapped into a neat little package of joy, this book is for you. I love Lulu.com for allowing for the discovery of new authors and books such as this. I hope that this is not a one-time affair for Mr. Boudreaux, because there is a writing style here that is somewhat different from anything else out there. I thought of “Catcher in the Rye” when reading this. The native slang really added to my enjoyment of the book as well. If there were any shortcomings in the story, it was probably the length (only a little over 200 pages). I would have liked more to have been revealed about some of the interesting people and tales that the author alludes to. Mr. Boudreaux also does not care much for proper grammar and verbiage (he has many new words and phrases for us to ponder over), but that is not a distraction in the least. The style actually helps to give the novel an air of distinction. But what's most enjoyable is the storytelling itself. The book is short on dialog, but the storytelling makes each chapter it's own beautiful little short story in itself. It felt as if I was hearing the story from the main character himself, perhaps sitting with him over coffee at a cafe in downtown New Orleans (where much of the story takes place). For what it's worth, I greatly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading it a third time--maybe a few months down the road. Who knows what additional slices of understanding I might uncover.< Less
Aug 22, 2009"Oh...My...God! Read Read READ!" I read this book in three hours! Could not put it down. I feel like I know this guy--like he was my best friend. If men really do think like the lead character in the book...well, Oh My God! I kept thinking about the ending for all night. I want to be in Davy Kirby's group of friends. Got the same feeling after watching "The Notebook." Read this book all the way through-the epiphanies are truly amazing. I want more, more, more!
May 8, 2009"Thoroughly enjoyable. A brilliant piece of work. Read it!" This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I thought that the entire book was going to be a comedy, but it gets darker and more sinister as you read along. I have so many questions about David Kirby that I want answered. Is he insane? After the ending I had to go back and try to figure out what was real and what was fantasy. It was very enjoyable to do so. The book also reminded me of "Catcher in the Rye." It is a different type of story, to be sure, but had the same feel all the same. We get to witness the most embarrassing, graphic thoughts insides of the young man’s mind. His thoughts were sick yet familiar—made me wonder about my own inner perversions. So, I can definitely relate to David Kirby. I must admit that I, myself think the way that he does about many things-things I would never admit to anyone but myself. The stories made me laugh until I could not stand it-Boudreaux's comedic prose... More > never rests-he is hilarious throughout—even during some of the dark parts. The ending though-that was truly a piece of gold. Never saw it coming, but wow, did he bring everything full circle. The book was not a trick, but straight up and true to its character’s psychotic nature. I thought Boudraux also did a great job with the imagery. He did not bring all of his characters to life, but those that he did (and the places) were done beautifully. They are people and places that I'd like to meet and travel to. I cared about these people. My suggestion to readers who like dark fiction is to read this book-at least twice. You'll find a coziness and insight here that will have you feeling warm and disturbed at the same time, then ultimately satisfied. I look forward to Mr. Boudraux's next novel and can only hope that this first one was not a fluke. I could really get into this guy. Great work.< Less
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