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Useful Sullivan Moss is useless Once a charming underachiever he s now such a loser that he can t even commit suicide properly Waking up in hospital after falling the wrong way on a rooftop he comes to a d

  • Title: Useful
  • Author: Debra Oswald
  • ISBN: 9780670077823
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sullivan Moss is useless.Once a charming underachiever, he s now such a loser that he can t even commit suicide properly Waking up in hospital after falling the wrong way on a rooftop, he comes to a decision He shouldn t waste perfectly good organs just because they re attached to his head After a life of regrets, Sully wants to do one useful thing he wants to donate aSullivan Moss is useless.Once a charming underachiever, he s now such a loser that he can t even commit suicide properly Waking up in hospital after falling the wrong way on a rooftop, he comes to a decision He shouldn t waste perfectly good organs just because they re attached to his head After a life of regrets, Sully wants to do one useful thing he wants to donate a kidney to a stranger.As he scrambles over the hurdles to become a donor, Sully almost accidentally forges a new life for himself Sober and employed, he makes new friends, not least radio producer Natalie and her son Louis, and begins to patch things up with old ones, like his ex best mate Tim Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of him.But altruism is not as easy as it seems Just when he thinks he s got himself together, Sully discovers that he s most at risk of falling apart.

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    1. 3.5★sSullivan Moss’ decision to commit suicide, then his planning of it – the note in his wallet; his name in full view – didn’t go accordingly. When he woke in hospital after he’d tripped and hit his head up on the roof, falling away from the edge instead of over it, he knew the uselessness of his life had continued. He wasn’t surprised he couldn’t even get this right – he was resigned to his own stupidity. But while recovering in hospital he decided he would try to do somethi [...]

    2. “A homeless, unemployed, unloved man, overweight, under-muscled, greasy-haired, pasty-skinned, his forehead scabbed and bruised from the fall, one eyeball stained red thanks to a burst blood vessel, wearing paper underwear, over-eager like a panting Labrador, babbling at her about giving his kidney away to a stranger. Why would anyone accept an organ from such a man?”Useful is the first adult novel by Australian author, playwright, and television scriptwriter, Debra Oswald. As Sullivan Moss [...]

    3. This was a good read; starting a bit slow, but then falling into a good rhythm as I got to know the characters better. It was all going along on a fairly even keel, then in the last 50 or so pages, two things happened that had me weeping buckets. And then a fairly abrupt - almost cliffhanger - ending. Hmm? I'm not sure a sequel is warranted, if that's the thinking.As for the characters - ooh, but I did not like Sullivan! I think I have known too many guys like that to be able to immerse myself i [...]

    4. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I knew the general premise, that its main character, Sullivan, attempts to commit suicide in the opening chapter. He obviously fails, but when in hospital lamenting the fact he’s a waste of space, he gets an idea that he might become a useful member of society if he donates a kidney. It sounded like it could almost be too much of a forced plotline, too contrived maybe, but I’m here to happily report this wasn’t the case and I loved Useful.Desp [...]

    5. Sullivan Moss is not feeling that he has led a useful life. Hitting middle age, flabby, often drunk, an embarrassment to his friends and ex-wife, lacking a career and any useful direction employment, he decides to take his own life. But he can't even do that right and ends up in hospital where he has an epiphany and resolves to make one useful gesture to society and donate a kidney to someone who needs it. However he finds out it will take at least a year to go through the approval process and i [...]

    6. A disappointing read, as prior to reading it I was really looking forward to it. The novel had an interesting premise, and would I thought be a thought provoking read. However, right from the start I must say that I did not have any feeling or sympathy with the lead character, and by the end of the novel the only characters that I had and affection for were the lead characters boss, and his landladies son. I really wasn't interested in what happened to the rest of the characters.Three stars are [...]

    7. The opening sections of this book left me a little luke-warm. Eventually I realised the vague feelings of discomfort I felt were because the author had drawn such an effective portrait of the unlikeable Sullivan Moss. Gradually the book grew on me, and I was committed to following Sullivan's journey from hopelessness to meaningful existence.Sullivan is so hopelessly ineffectual that he can't even succeed in committing suicide. As he recovers from the incident, he is gripped by a feeling of total [...]

    8. I liked this, but I found it a little fantastical, at times. The whole premise of the book, to start with - that the main character decides he wants to donate a kidney to a stranger - I found rather hard to believe. Do people actually do that?I did enjoy it, as I was reading it, although I discovered that it is best not to read the first part of the book while you’re already feeling miserable (a heavy head cold, in my case) as the main character, Sullivan, who generally can’t do anything rig [...]

    9. This is such an enjoyable book. I laughed, I cried, I cringed as I read about the fall and rise and fall and rise of Sullivan Moss. In a lesser writer's hands, Sullivan would be annoying and unworthy or our concern (which is the same question his friends face in the book), but Debra Oswald knows how to spin a story and create quirky, flawed, multi-faceted characters.

    10. My View: Can you transform a useless life into one to be valued? You will be compelled to find out in this character driven exploration of life.Slowly you are drawn into this compelling study of life: lives filled with wasted opportunities and regret…lives soured by experience, by envy, lives stifled by choices that are no longer embraced and I am not just talking about the protagonist Sullivan Moss…most of the characters in this book have deep regrets about some part of their lives which is [...]

    11. Sullivan stepped up onto the low wall and peered over the edge. The job of obliterating himself shouldn't be a huge effort, considering he'd made so little meaningful impact on the world."Sullivan Moss is useless, once a handsome and charming young man with the world at his feet he is now a puffy faced, unemployed, near forty year old, divorced alcoholic. Wracked with guilt and regret after the death of one of his best friends, he decides to commit suicide by jumping from a building only to fall [...]

    12. Een ontroerende, mooie en inspirerende roman over vallen en opstaan. Je leeft intens mee met hoofdpersoon Sully, een charmeur en loser in één. Echt indrukwekkend en verrassend, het leest zo lekker weg!

    13. I loved ‘Offspring’, especially Nina’s urban bo-ho chic (Name a woman in Australia who didn’t admire Nina’s wardrobe!) Debra Oswald wrote for this amazing Australian show, so I was very much looking forward to reading this and excited to be given the opportunity by the great folk at Penguin Books Australia and Netgalley. Thanks again!It’s a very interesting premise; the bildungsroman of a loser who essentially sets about transforming himself and his life through the (rather drastic) [...]

    14. 4 starsI received this book through NetGalley from Penguin Books Australia, so here's my honest review.This is book about Sully, a somewhat charismatic 39 year old, who hasn't achieved anything of note in his life - a loser of sorts. He's overweight, divorced with no children, no job, no place to live and no friends who want to hear from him. There's nothing worth living for, so he decides to kill himself. But that's yet another thing to add to his long list of failures and disappointments, as h [...]

    15. Here’s the thing with chick-lit and lad-lit: it’s not about the ending, it’s about how the author gets you there. Because really, you pretty much know what’s going to happen within the first few chapters (there are rare exceptions to this rule – David Nicholl’s One Day comes to mind). What you want from your story is humour and an emotional conundrum or two.Debra Oswald (of Offspring-screenwriting fame) takes you on particularly interesting journey involving organ donation, suicide a [...]

    16. This is one of those books that gets better as you read on, although having said that it does start with a bang. Sully is disillusioned with his life and the way he has totally stuffed it up and decides to end it all and so begins his story. I found that I vacillated between disliking him and liking him and it was the same with a few of the other characters. In the end though I felt there was redemption for many of the characters and I felt quite hopeful that things would sort themselves out for [...]

    17. So many times while I was reading this i was like 'wow same' but unironically because it was so Australian and excellent. this book was so fresh, engaging and lowkey ♥

    18. I bought this book for $5 at the coop bookshop but would have happily paid the full price. A wry, insightful piece, unpicking the everyday and exposing the human fault lines which exist in all of us, much to our shame

    19. Full review at thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpres (Feb 6)I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:Sully, a life-long underachiever, decides to make a positive contribution to the world by donating his spare kidney to a stranger. Cue shenanigans!Apart from a definite sag in the middle, I quite enjoyed Useful. It’s a fun and unusual premise, that of random living organ donation, and one that certainly should act as a conversation starter in a country such a [...]

    20. I received this as part of a Penguin Books Australia Competition.It is a good read. It uses the POV style but is always clear as to who's POV it is.A good couple of twists and turns keeps the story interesting.Sully has decided his lifestyle has made his life useless and after unsuccessfully attempting to commit suicide decides to donate a kidney as a way of making his life useful. The story tells of how he tries to turn his life around and the impact that has on new and old friends. A story tha [...]

    21. On the surface, this book delivers only what it promises: a telling of a story about a charming underachiever. And yet, through Oswald's deft writing, you fall in love with this flawed, failing, depressed man and his cast of friends and characters. I read the last half in a long episode - I could not put it down. I so thoroughly enjoyed this tale, and the beautiful characters, and the crazy things they got up to. Relatable, funny, charming, poignant. I recommend wholeheartedly.

    22. DID NOT FINISHI usually love mental health related fiction but this was unreadable for me. The writing style was awkward and forced and all the characters were boring and not fleshed out. The whole first half was a struggle and I was so bored that I could not go on.I alsoI really felt that she really just told and didn't snow, as if we were simple children unable to discern what would be happening unless she expressly wrote without metaphor or vivid description.

    23. I should say that I am a major Offspring fan, and was really looking forward to this book, but it was just a bit short of the mark for me. I enjoyed it but have read much much better books of this kind.

    24. Quirky, easy to read, liked the soft ending which balances the unsettling aspects of story; 'build' towards rehabilitation well done; superficiality of characters at times grates - but probably is supposed to

    25. A good read from a fellow Aussie. In interesting topic and scenario that certainly was a nice and easy read. I found my attention wandering though as it got a bit ho hum toward the end. Not a mind blowing story but one worth picking up and reading if you are after something easy and light.

    26. Finding your purposeA selfish and self-absorbed man can't see that his life serves any purpose. This is the story of his hit and miss search for the reason of his existence and of finding purpose in the most unlikely of places and with the most unlikely of people.

    27. Amazing book, as I knew it would be coming from the writer of one of my favourite shows. This book shows you even to fictional character how precious time is. Really wish you weren't left hanging at the end though, maybe a sequel is to come?!

    28. I loved this book with all my heart. The feeling of hopelessness coupled with hopefulness emotionally attached me to this book and it's characters more than any other has done in a long long time. I liken it to "how to be good" by Nick Hornby. Please write more adult novels, Debra!

    29. Loved this from the beginning. It was impossible not to love Sullivan from the first chapter - a funny, poignant, Sydney based story where the narrative weaves effortlessly between all the characters. I want a sequel!

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