- Hardcover: 419 pages
- Publisher: Scribner Book Company (19 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451676891
- ISBN-13: 978-1451676891
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 905,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Double Feature Hardcover – 19 Mar 2013
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SAM DOLAN is a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his fi....
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- I read "Double Feature", though, because it was by Owen King. My tastes lean predominately towards science fiction novels and horror short stories, although I do try to read a little bit of everything (young adult, crime, realist literature) but the only two mainstream writers whom I follow and read everything by are John Irving and Margaret Atwood; Irving for his generosity of character and Atwood for her acerbic wit.
When I read Owen King's novella in 2006 I immediately thought, 'This guy's got the whole tragic-comic thing down pat.' And "Double Feature" confirms King as the rightful heir to John Irving with the enthralling tangibility of his characters and situations, which have all the pathos but none of the pretension of real literature. Alas, King has one other thing in common with Irving - 7 years between books!
But if the calibre of this book is anything to go by then a 5-something year wait will be worth it.
So just how good is "Double Feature"? Put it this way, his father's "Carrie" is a terrific novella padded out with mock government agency reports, despatches and newspaper excerpts; this mother's "Small World" is a robust, intriguing debut; his brother's "Heart-Shaped Box" a rollicking read whose climax was too cinematic with its ILM `special effects'.Read more ›
You have to understand the structure of the book to be able to follow the story. The "main" story, situated in 2011, is told in Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 under the title of "The Long Weekend" that covers four days of Sam Dolan's life from Thursday night to Sunday around or just after noon.
The first part deals with Sam Dolan trying to produce his film "Who We Are" as a project within his film and cinema studies on his campus in 2002-2003 with a subsequent transitional flashback to 1969 when that Sam was far from being born yet. It tells the meeting of Booth Dolan, Sam's father, and Allie, Sam's mother. Between Part 2 and Part 3 we have a similar transitional flashback to 1991 when Booth Dolan visited his son's fifth grade class and then left home for a certain Sandra with whom he will have a daughter. Between part 3 and part 4 another and last transitional flashback goes back to 2000 and brings in Allie's death of a massive heart attack on the shoulder of a street in their city after retrieving a turtle from the middle of the roadway.Read more ›
Sadly I've given up. When you get to page 100 and not a single thing has happened that interests you or grab your attention, then I think it's time to give up.
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For me, this book works the same magic, but on this huge scale. Sam Dolan's story is, on the one hand, completely intimate in how it's presented. King has created this terrifically rich, engaging, relateable, wonderfully frustrating, and ultimately inspiring character in Sam. His hang-ups, his longings, his struggles with his father's long shadow... all of this is masterfully, intricately depicted. On the other hand, the scope of the book - it's incredibly colorful cast, the layers of plot, the hilarious detours and fascinating informative bits, about everything from film history to baseball to crime show re-enactments... It's a book that's inspiring in both its expansiveness, and its deeply compassionate and brilliant character work.
Hilarious, searingly smart, with huge heart, DOUBLE FEATURE is easily one my favorite books in a long time.