“A novel written in 1990. It is an absurdest novel. Absurdism is a philosophical school of thought stating that the efforts of humanity to find inherent meaning will ultimately fail (and hence are absurd), because no such meaning exists, at least in relation to the individual. As a philosophy, absurdism also explores the fundamental nature of the Absurd and how individuals, once becoming conscious of the Absurd, should react to it.
In this relatively short and fast reading work, the protagonist, Jim Nashe (I wondered if he named the character Nashe, after the Unfortunate Traveler) loses his wife, takes his daughter to live with his sister quits his job after he inherits money from his absent and disengaged father. Jim drives around in his Saab doing nothing without any destination except to take roads that distance himself from people. He meets Jack and becomes intrigued in laying the rest of his money on a game of chance. He places himself into this absurd situation and feels unable to escape. There is the symbol of music running through the book which I haven't quite worked out.
Some reviews have described this work as a parable and I think that may say it all. ”