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THE BILGE (contemporary literary fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Olds
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Book Description

“A thrilling novel about sexual and intellectual rivalry with a dark comic twist” Ann Abrams

“One of the best novels I’ve read in years...it says more in sixty pages than most books do in six hundred.” San Francisco Examiner

“The Bilge is simply a great novel.” San Francisco Review of Books

“...philosophical fiction of a sort rarely attempted by Americans, though depressing in its conclusions, is exhilarating in its execution.” Newsday, NY

"Lee Olds is one of the best writers you've never read. " John Peters

While scorning his drop-out would-be novelist friend Jan Peters, who lives on a dilapidated houseboat in San Francisco Bay, successful lawyer Ted Richter is strangely drawn to his bohemian way of life. Recounting Peters’ struggles with his sinking boat and his far from conventional relations and rivalries with his oddball friends, with cruel, acerbic wit Richter tells the story both of a vanishing way of life and a tryst that leads to a jealous battle of wits and a dark fate.

Lee Olds is the legendary author of the 1960s best-selling coming of age classic Too Much Sun, the novella Clara and the gripping novel The Return. These books are also published by Not So Noble Books and available on Amazon kindle from .

An independent review of The Bilge by Ira Ebov on GoodReads:

"I'd read Too Much Sun by the same author and enjoyed that odd tale of coming of age set in Alaska. Now The Bilge has exceeded my high expectations. Lee Olds is an amazing writer who takes you to the strange, wonderful and dark corners in his characters' minds. The way he tells the story of The Bilge is so clever. The narrator really estranges you from his own perspective and to the end your capacity for empathy is constantly being played with. There is also a great social commentary running through the novel but it has no single voice, it's more of a musical ensemble where you hear it all at once through the events each character experiences but no instrument is in harmony with the next, and some are out of tune altogether! Towards the end it is touching and extremely sad, and yet the sudden parcity of information makes it completely unemotional. You end up not feeling sorry for anyone but for the world as it is. It's really hard to describe but I'd never experienced anything like it. I really admire this writer and will definitely get The Return after this."


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1961 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Not So Noble Books; 1 edition (23 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFAK87Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny read 1 Sept. 2013
By Emma
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very enjoyable book, with a richly dark humour that is perfect for an autumn evening. It has bittersweet moments and superb characters, with a lovely engaging writing style. Five Stars. Will definitely read more by Lee Olds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 12 Oct. 2014
By kathyc
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is fascinating; full of articulate sentences which challenge the reader and of a much higher literary standard from what I have been reduced to expect from a free book.
I was intrigued to find out the ending of the story and was fascinated to read about the life of Peters and the way he chose to live it
It made me wonder which character was Lee Olds or perhaps he is a little of both

Anyway, great story. I'm off to read some others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bravo 27 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
a sterling performance by a veteran writer, there's lots here, maybe a little too much discourse for me, the action was better, and I'd like more of that in future Olds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant thriller 13 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent thriller which is well written and plotted .. Read it and laugh in a dark way a really good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cool 18 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes quite a book this, the arguments are cool and the writing pretty good, read it for yourself and see what you think! Lee olds is quite the talent
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