Oliver’s Strange Journey
By Oliver Markus
In this somewhat memoir you get the pleasure of reading about the life of a hacker named Oliver Markus. Book begins with brief introduction of how once believe prostitution was justifiable and how more progressive Europeans are over Americans. Then rambles for, no joke, about hundred pages about how he was this world famous hacker (before it was cool, of course) and his first few years living in the United States. He manages to make a ton of money on the internet and invests in real estate then divorces his wife for seemingly valid reasons but handles the divorce like an overgrown child (can you tell I hate this guy already?). Then proceeds to tell you about his sexcapedes with women he met off an online ad, which I presume he means Craigslist. Tries to convince the reader about how he doesn’t like one night stands even though he sleeps with all of them several times immediately after meeting them.
Soon does he falls for the woman that he hired, blah blah, discovers she is a drug addict. He buys this woman lavish vacations, condos, and drugs. She prostitutes herself on the side to pay for her drug habit when he’s not paying for it. This is why he now hates prostitution… I’ll refrain from my opinion on this matter but I just can not help myself in hating this guy. He glorifies buying this woman drugs so she doesn’t prostitute herself meanwhile he sleeps with her the whole time and even admits because of the drugs she rarely feels much during sex. He has this horrible relationship with her and goes back to her over and over again and at the end you find out this is all in a year and half, like seriously? How can you be so madly in love with a woman who did such horrible acts so quickly into a relationship? How can you spend literally thousands of dollars on her so quickly? Then he expects his readers to see him as this hero for trying to literally spend enough more for a young vulnerable woman’s love.
Also, prides himself on his progressive views on race and is unbelievably racist throughout the entire book. Tells you the race of every single person throughout the book and at one point claimed that the ‘blacks’ and ‘latins’ destroyed his Brooklyn neighborhood. Seriously, I hate this guy.
Even with personally hating this guy, the book was poorly planned and often had many pages of mindless rambling. Generally, I didn’t really know what the point of the book was, just seemed a like a plea for justifications of his actions. The timeline jumped around and made it very confusing. The two stars almost pains me but the story was interesting even if I hated the guy. I did manage to get through and its just ends by telling you there is sequel of more this guy’s nonsense.
If you enjoy the rambling of a racist narcissist who glorifies his actions as saintly then I’d recommend this book, otherwise free isn’t cheap enough.