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Literature / Everything Matters

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Does anything I do matter?

A 2009 novel by Ron Currie, Jr., chronicling the life of Junior Thibodeax, who, since before he was born, has heard a voice in his head feeding him information about the world around him, including the exact date and time of The End of the World as We Know It.

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  • An Aesop: The main conflict comes from Junior, knowing what he knows, attempting to answer the question "Does anything I do matter?" The answer is yes.
    "Listen: Everything ends, and Everything matters. Everything matters not in spite of the end of you and all that you love, but because of it. Everything is all you've got [...] it is all unfathomable, and it is all infinitely preferable to the one dreadful alternative.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Life seems to be conspiring to destroy every Hope Spot Junior encounters in his life. So your druggie brother finally starts to get clean? Oops, the drugs addled his brain. He'll live, but with the mentality of a child. You almost killed yourself to find a cure for your father's cancer? Well, he'll fall asleep at the wheel and die before you get to see him again anyway. You finally convinced your girlfriend to escape your doomed planet with you? She's going to be shot by terrorists a page later. Also applies to other characters, like the man who lost his legs to rug burn.
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  • The End of the World as We Know It: The Destroyer of Worlds.
  • God: One possible explanation for the voices.
  • Mutilation Interrogation: Amy is subjected to this because of her ties to a suspected terrorist.
  • New Old Flame: Amy. Over and over.
  • The Nothing After Death: Implied to be the truth.
  • The Royal We: The voice(s) in Junior's head use "we" and "us."
  • Second-Person Narration: Most of the book is written as if the voices are addressing Junior.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: One possible interpretation of the book. In addition to all the other Deus Angst Machina, everyone dies in the end. Everyone. But it still matters.


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