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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (9 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747553610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747553618
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A sly and wonderful novel ... Poirier fights deliberately shy of delivering a familiar coming-of-age story. Instead, Ellis and Goat Man's journey turns out to be as comically tricky as every other subtly sketched event and relationship' The Times 'Poirier is as on the ball as Salinger, as clued in as Hunter S. Thompson, and acutely tuned to right her, right now' Scotsman

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'A sly and wonderful novel' THE TIMES

'Mark Poirier is one of the most kinetic, original, young fiction writers we've read in a long time' ESQUIRE

'Poirier fights deliberatly shy of delivering a familiar coming-of-age story. Instead, Ellis and Goat Man's journey turns out to be as comically tricky as every other subtly sketched event and relationship' THE TIMES

'Poirier is as on the ball as Salinger, as clued in as Hunter S. Thompson, and acutely tuned to right here, right now'

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'A clear-eyed story of friendship, loyalty and slowly polluted innocence' FACE

'Irresistable... subverts typical coming-of-age themes with an absurd humour and drop-dead stoner cool' i-D


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
Fourteen year old Ellis lives with his mother in Tucson, sometimes there is a man in her life, his father lives in Washington with another woman. Ellis is about to start boarding school, his only real apprehension is leaving his mother to care for herself, she is far from organised and is likely to forget to pay the bills and Ellis, who is very bright and mature for his age, tends to take the responsibility for making sure everything is taken care of. Although he is also leaving Goat Man (Javier), who lives in the pool house but just looks after the pool and grounds, that is when he is not caring for his greenhouse crop of hybrid pot, or smoking it.

Ellis and Goat Man are very close, Goat Man introduced Ellis to pot when he was eleven, and often takes him on his treks into the desert with the goats.

The account takes us through Ellis' first year at his boarding school including his relationship with Barney his room mate, his school progress and other activates. He also meets with with his father and his new woman, makes a few visits home and the treks with Goat Man, and worries about his mother and her fads and strange relationships.

Goats is well written and captivating, although it just takes us through the workings of the year in the lives of this strange group of for the most part aimless characters and with little overall plot. It is at times funny, or perhaps amusing is a better description, but it is the quality of the writing that really holds ones interest and marks this well above average.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nickbent@hotmail.com on 9 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me by the owner of my local bookshop and proved a darn fine read. It reminded me of "Catcher in the Rye", but with Holden Caulfield as an 14 year old bong-hitting smart ass kid. The ideas it entertains are imaginative and interesting, as are the characters: the seriously gifted young pothead, the hippy mom, the hippier Goat Man father figure, mom's bisexual gigolo boyfriend and the nerdy school friend. And don't forget the goats. For all the weirdness, it is an easy, compelling read and very accessible. It's funny without losing its sense of irony, and made me think (and feel nostalgic, but that's another story).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Goats has been a very enjoyable read, and i've thoroughly enjoyed it. The book was genuinely touching - not just sentimental, but genuinely stirring. You could read this book for the pure enjoyment, but i think it could also stand up to a more analytical approach - however, decent quotations might be hard to find if you're writing an essay. In this book, what's not said is equally, if not more important than what is actually stated, so you'll want to just sit back and think from time to time.\In conclusion, i loved this book, but felt quite dissapointed by the ending. Ignore the stuff written on the back of the book, its not that simple. Read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Williams on 16 Oct 2000
Format: Hardcover
A lovely book. The novel centres on that familiar journey from boy to man, but seen through the eyes of 14-year Ellis - a switched on kid with herbal wisdom we could all learn from - you won't feel like you're treading over old ground. New Age mum Wendy, estranged dad 'F****r Frank, 'straight' room mate Barney and the central figure of Goat Man, Ellis moves between Arizona, DC and boarding school reconciling his switched-on brand of youthful idealism with the realisation that the people closest to you aren't always who or what you believed they were. Funny and touching from first to last.
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This carries on from his short stories, with some real but funny characters and great images of the American landscape, the side we dont usually see. Its about a kid growing up, the teenage years between 11 & 15 and how he deals with life and changes with it. The kid gets high with his buddy, the Goatman and looks after his scatty mother because dad has flown the coop. Sounds familiar, i know, but this book does not descend into cliche and keeps wrongfooting your opinions on the characters. The scene flips between Tucson and the East Coast as the kid, Ellis goes to prep school and learns to stand on his own 2 feet. The 2 great things about this authors stuff is the drop-dead dry humour and the economy of his descriptions. You laugh out loud in lots of scenes and form a great image of the people and places with the deceptively simple descriptions of everything. It seems like nothing really happens but its a great, absorbing read for anyone who was ever a teenager.
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