Binge And Nothingness | Juan Kaius | Book Review

  • Author: Juan Kaius
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Print Length : 75 pages

What do you binge on most – books, movies, series, food, joint, anything?

Binge and Nothingness by Juan Kaius is a book dripping with existential crisis and nihilism. It revolves around our protagonist, Juan, who decides to end his life on his 25th birthday. He resembles the modern generation that obsesses over Netflix, adventure, sex, love, drugs, and everything else so much that they start feeling a void within them after a point.

Fairly well written, the book kickstarts with showing everything that is wrong with our generation. We are sandwiched between sheep-like bhakts and cringeworthy liberals (I resonated the most with this line). We live in times where we bully people and then talk about mental health. We glorify disorder (insomnia is one, okay!) and make every bit of sadness depression. We’ve got our concepts wrong. We’ve got a dismal perception of things around us. We are driven by obsession towards the abyss of nothingness. Our binge is our nemesis, and we don’t realize it.

Binge and Nothingness follows Juan as he heads to Triund for trekking. He believes that he has done everything in 25 years of his life, and there’s nothing left for him to do or achieve. Juan does not have any purpose behind living, and so, he wants to die. On his way, he meets an Argentinian woman, takes a hell lot of drugs, and always reminds himself of dying soon. Will he die?

In my opinion, the book oscillates between pessimism and a false sense of high. Although I found myself distracted in the middle, it does manage to get me back to the story. As Juan traverses on his journey to death, we realize how our current lifestyle has pushed us to the brink of depression. Our haywire perceptions and hollow concepts gave us nothing but an existential crisis. In introspect someday, we’ll discover where we went wrong. I believe the millennials would most certainly relate to the story of Juan. The pop-culture references, coupled with Juan’s ruminations over living, lust, spirituality, etc, would hit the right chord.

Read this book when you’re perfectly in the right frame of your mind.


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