Book review: The Nightly Disease – Max Booth III


‘The Nightly Disease’ is a book Mr Booth has been working on for some time. If you follow his amusing ramblings on social media then you will be well aware that Max is a night auditor at a hotel. Servicing his guests with a smile and always being sure that they are spending the night in comfort, overwhelmed with the scent of freshly washed towels, Max decided to write a surreal book about some the exploits of Isaac – a young chap also working the graveyard shift. What follows is a tale of death, loneliness, love (sort of) and owls! ‘The Nightly Disease’ blurs lines between what is real and what is not, it is left to the reader to decide as Isaac’s sleep deprivation and constant annoyance at his guests drives him insane. An impossible love interest with a bulimic girl is a nice touch and further details Isaac’s desire for a little companionship. Isaac is a bit of a sad sack, sarcastic, but you can’t help but like the guy.

‘The Nightly Disease’ is a unique book and I doubt you will read anything quite like it in this year or the next. It certainly is a dark book, but filled with enough humour to keep it from becoming depressing. The writing is sharp and the novel moves at a more than brisk pace as Isaac spirals into madness. Isaac is a fully realised and realistic character. He has problems, like we all do, he makes mistakes, but at his core he is human. I’m not sure if he is the most likeable of people but if you have ever worked nights in any trade, especially in hospitality then there are certain aspects of his personality you will connect with. On the surface ‘The Nightly Disease’ is a darkly humorous tale of one mans struggle with life, but if you dig deeper then there is much more than meets the eye.

I suppose that ‘The Nightly Disease’ is a tricky one to pigeonhole, if you really wanted to then I guess you could say that it’s a Bizarro book. Whatever it is, it’s a great read from a writer you are never quite sure what you are going to get next, and here is where one of Booth’s strengths lie. One of the most original and thoughtful books of 2016.

Pick up a copy from here.

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