The Philosopher Stories

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Pub Date 01 May 2024 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2024

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The dozen stories in this collection chronicle the life of Karl Pringle, a wannabe philosopher who had once been enrolled in the graduate Philosophy program at the University of Toronto where he imagined himself as an Ubermensch, a Superman derived from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche. But he was summarily dismissed from the program after punching out his academic supervisor. Now Karl lives in a decrepit apartment above a butcher shop in Toronto’s Kensington Market, is unemployed and very much rootless. The stories in The Philosopher Stories follow Karl as he moves from one strange episode to another, none of which end well. Although Karl likes to think of himself as an Ubermensch, in the bleakest moments following his many mishaps, he seems to know better, that perhaps he is only fooling himself with his grandiose dreams. That he is nothing more than one of life’s rejects, an out-and-out failure. Nuanced and multilayered, funny and yet achingly sad, these stories depict a young man grappling with life’s big questions, including love, finding a place for oneself in an uncaring world, morality, success, and fate.

The dozen stories in this collection chronicle the life of Karl Pringle, a wannabe philosopher who had once been enrolled in the graduate Philosophy program at the University of Toronto where he...


Marketing Plan

Main launch to take place in Toronto on May 26. 

Jerry Levy will be taking part in events across Ontario and Quebec. 

Print copies are available for reviewers and giveaways. 

Main launch to take place in Toronto on May 26. 

Jerry Levy will be taking part in events across Ontario and Quebec. 

Print copies are available for reviewers and giveaways. 


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EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9781771838757
PRICE $18.95 (USD)
PAGES 220

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I absolutely ate this book up - it was incredibly entertaining. I usually find with books like this that are told in a series of anecdotes that the pacing is done poorly, but that was not an issue at all with The Philosopher Stories.

I found the main character became exceedingly unlikeable by the end of the book, which was undoubtedly intentional and was very well done. Karl was likable enough in the beginning that I became attached but not so much so that his fall from grace was unrealistic.

My only issue with this novel was the ending. I wanted something more - I’m not sure exactly what, but this ending just didn’t do it for me. It didn’t feel at all complete or satisfying, which was disappointing since I enjoyed the rest of the book so much.

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