I’ll admit, I had to look up the meaning of the word accumulation. As a person who learned English as her second language, it is not a word that is often used. But it is THE perfect title for Accumulation.
Tattoo’s draw the attention by creating new layers, that is the first message of Accumulation and it remains one of the message during the whole duration of the book. But it uses tattoos as a metaphor, about how most humans are unable to look past a first impression. How a very limited amount of people can look past that first, possibly a second, layer of a person. And how those layers, and the inability of your surroundings, can create a feeling of intense and utter loneliness. And loneliness can throw any confident human being in an angry, melancholic depression.
Accumulation is an accumulation of human emotions, the impact of decisions made in life, and of all human vanity. Mix those three with a dose of reality, a dash of fantasy, and a healthy dose of grunge. Add some sexist jokes, some stereotypes about douchebags thinking only about themselves, and some Native wisdom, and you’ve got yourself a quite entertaining 300 pages.
There is something else I have to admit, besides the googling of the translation of accumulation to Dutch (it is still an odd word to me…), and that is that I’m not a particular fan of self-published books and that is for two distinctive reasons:
1. They are often not very good… I’m so sorry to many writers who pour their heart and soul into their work, but the fact that you got turned down by many publishers resulting in self-publishing often has a very, very good reason. Your book is just not good… Writing is, after all, an art.
And 2. Self-published books often don’t look good. Cover, size, paper used, weight. Self-published books often lack the aesthetics of books designed and printed by professional publishing houses. I’ll go as far as to say that many have the same vibe and looks as many of my university textbooks, which is not a compliment, and therefore they don’t attract customers.
With Accumulation, that’s a bit different. The book looks exactly like a book printed by a publisher. The rubber-like cover is very much in fashion at the moment, and it suits the small paperback work of literature. The book manages to draw attention with its white, simplistic cover, and its single-word title. I would not know this was self-published had I not known about it beforehand. Which is a huge compliment, coming from someone working in a bookstore.
The jackpot Cam hit in Vegas finally gave him the chance to party like a rock star. He never wanted to forget the weekend he barely remembers, so he got himself a permanent souvenir: his first tattoo. Now more tattoos are beginning to appear and Cam has no idea why. Mornings in the SoCal apartment he shares with his best bud are all starting off the same way: Cam wakes up and discovers a new ink breakout somewhere on his body. Sometimes it’s undecipherable writing. Other times it’s a strange symbol. Every time it’s a blemish even his most expensive exfoliant can’t scrub away. All attempts at finding out who or what is vandalizing his once-immaculate appearance are coming up empty, and the ever-multiplying tattoos aren’t just destroying his looks; they’re destroying his whole life. Forced to embrace his altered self, Cam starts over in the place he least expected. There his life begins to follow a familiar and comfortable pattern and gives him hope of a new normal. What Cam doesn’t realize is that his transformation is far from complete.
Buan Boonaca. Accumulation / Buan Boonaca / 9789082685916