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Miles Derby, a desperate alcoholic barely keeping up with his child-support demands, transforms his life when he assumes the identity of a dead Navy chaplain, taking his place at sea and finding himself in the process. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
British readers are enthusiastic about this book
Yes, it's true that ONE OF THE GUYS has been getting a tremendous amount of media attention in America, along with an ethusiastic response from American readers, but I especially enjoy hearing from British readers. Ironically, it is the British readers who see, in ONE OF THE GUYS, my literary debt to the satires of Pynchon and Heller, while my countrymen rarely make the comparison to these American authors. ONE OF THE GUYS is a picaresque, descended from the earliest English novels. Miles Derry, the sometime rogue hero, has been reduced to working as a janitor in a pornography emporium after hours, so that he can make enough money to make his monthly child-support payment. One night in the arcade, he comes across a stiff (in ever sense of the word) who turns out to be a US Navy chaplain. Taking the chaplain's identity as a way out of his miserable life, Miles embarks on a seafaring adventure to the Far East, which will transform him, after several highly ironic and satirical twists, into a hero in every sense of the word. The book is not only a microcosm of modern society, but a comic indictment of it. Everyone who read the book in manuscript--my agent, my editor, my dad--did so in one sitting. It was great fun writing this novel, and I hope you enjoy traveling westward with Miles as much as I enjoyed getting this journey of self-discovery down on paper. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
... Not. But this book is fun. As an Army vet, I found that the depiction of military life was compelling and accurate; the way in which the purity of action, in terms of... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 1999
As a woman, my initial concern that One of the Guys might be too testosterone-driven for me to relate to have turned out to be completely exaggerated. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 1999
I read this book quickly and laughed out loud while reading it! The author writes well--the characters are described as real personalities. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 1999
I was in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, stationed at Long Beach before I retired. I can say that this book is as accurate a representation of Navy life as I have ever seen. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 1999
Indeed, it is, and this book has the best policy I've seen in a long time. In a literary world full of books where, no matter the genre, the characters act in extremely... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 1999
One of the guys is a truly great book. The tale of Miles Derry trying to put his life together is interesting, but the way he goes about it is amazing. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 1999
Thank about the last time an author really shocked you by showing the world a fresh look at the human condition. Now get ready for it to happen again. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 1999
From Porn Store employee to Naval chaplain by means of stolen identity: Young makes it believable, hilarious, and moving in his first novel, "One of the Guys. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 1999
Maybe it is my cynicism, maybe my life experiences, but this book grabbed me from the begining to the end. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 1999