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Vandover and the Brute

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Vandover and the Brute by Frank Norris is a brutally honest and unflinching exploration of the darker side of human nature. The story follows the downfall of Vandover, a young man who descends into a life of debauchery and depravity, driven by a combination of his own inner demons and the influence of a toxic relationship with a manipulative friend known as "The Brute."

The novel delves into themes of moral decay, the destructive power of addiction, and the consequences of unchecked hedonism. Norris’s prose is vivid and evocative, painting a vivid portrait of turn-of-the-century San Francisco and the seedy underbelly of society.

While the subject matter may be disturbing at times, the novel is a compelling and powerful read that forces the reader to confront uncomfortable truths about human nature. Vandover and the Brute is a haunting and unforgettable literary masterpiece that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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Vandover is a student who succumbs to a gambling addiction. This addiction causes him to divest himself of his cherished possessions and to lose his status in life, whilst his friends prosper. Eventually he is transformed by a strange degenerative lycanthropy, reduced to running back and forth across his apartment, naked, on all-fours. The novel was Norris' first, though published posthumously. Characteristically, it explores the themes of habit and addiction in a heightened "naturalistic" style.

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