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The fuck-up [Unknown Binding]

Arthur Nersesian
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hey Day Publications (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006RIB1M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Perhaps the price of comfort is that life passes more rapidly But for anyone who has lived in uneasiness, even for a short, memorable duration, it's a trade-off that will gladly be made. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'cult' novel that is simply fun! 4 Sep 2004
Format:Paperback
I read this novel after picking up THE LOSERS' CLUB by Richard Perez. Both novels take place in New York City's East Village, although a decade apart: LC in the 90s, FU in the 80s. Why does this novel work for me? Simple: despite being published by MTV, it very non-mainstream, meaning unpredictable and to some extent 'unpolished,' even 'unliterary.' It simply unfolds in a very unconventional way. I read a lot of books and believe me there's not a whole lot of humor and goofiness in 'literary' novels. I just enjoyed being able to lean back and read a book that was fun! So, yes, I recommend it! Originally this was a self-published novel that took on a life of its own, and was later picked up by MTV. I appreciate the offbeat quality it has. It also lacks the pretension of a lot of 'downtown' writing which is frankly quite dull, dreary, humorless and self-important. This book is simply a goofy romp! Heck, try it out! Laugh a little!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars disturbing book 6 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
First of all, I had never heard of the author but the title got my attention. After reading the book i was blown away by the strength of the story and the way you feel kinda sorry and the same time jealousy for the main character. All time cult classic, despite the fact that MTV had an influence in putting this book on the market.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Funny, Funny... 28 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Probably like just about everybody who has read this book, it was the title that initially caught my eye. Daft titles aside, I haven't laughed so much reading a book for ages. You can't help but feel sorry for the guy as he stumbles from one disaster to the next, but still tries to maintain some type of moral dignity. Overall, a cracking read, so I'll excuse the deliberately controversial title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot, told eloquently 2 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is totally absorbing. The plot twists and turns as the protagonist essentially ruins his life. He is charming all the way down, though, and I really enjoyed the simple writing style (perhaps harder in a way than the "poetry" referred to by a previous reader). The surprise ending put me in a good mood for days. Definitely a must if you are in your early twenties and living in NYC.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mordant, hilarious, original 21 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Nersesian has an unmistakably idiosyncratic voice (who does he sound like? no one but himself), and he does so much with it -- keeps you guessing, laughing and furrowing your brow through a shaggy dog of a novel that's smart and surprisingly affecting and pensively funny -- cynical in the best sense of the word -- I'll read anything this guy writes, HE'S THAT GOOD. Read it and see for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, original and dark 26 Dec 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Nersesian's prose is idiosyncratically deadpan and absolutely hilarious, without a smidgen of romantic leavening. The story kicks into gear on page one and plows relentlessly forward to the improbable but perfect ending, through all manner of well-drawn scenarios, characters, locations and snafus. This book would make a great movie.... I hope he publishes more soon. A writer to keep an eye on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars totally absorbing 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
First of all, this book was originaly published about eight years ago. Long before MTV picked it up. This story exemplifies life in downtown manhattan in the early eighties. Anyone who lived in downtown NYC during this time will appreciate this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Catcher in the Rye meets Trainspotting? 26 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
You might get something like this book if you crossed JD Salinger with Irvine Welsh. The book was supposed to be funny according to comments on the outside of the jacket, but I didn't laugh once. What it does tho, is paint a very vivid scene of NY at the time. That much is so on the money, it's scary. It also gives a good reason why an out-of-towner living in NY needs to develop a better sense of street smarts and distrust of humans. Thus, you understand why native NYers are the way they are. I'm one. : )
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4.0 out of 5 stars Repair despair
A fun look at an accumulated result of an unthinking affair. The reader feels fortunate not to be dealing with it themselves, but can to some extent empathize wholeheartedly with... Read more
Published 23 months ago by emma.e.kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlook the title - this is a brilliant novel
Over the course of this short novel, the life of Nersesian's protagonist slowly disintegrates, as he finds himself with five lovers, destroys all the key relationships in his life,... Read more
Published on 24 May 2012 by Jimbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Good book.
You'll probably enjoy it.
Seriously, it's not bad.
It'll never replace food as a staple diet
But it wont stick in your craw like negative... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Keenerstill
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!
This had been my friends favourite book for about 5 years so I finally gave it a read.
At approx. 300 pages its surprisingly quick and flowing to read. Read more
Published on 5 May 2009 by N. Howells
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not big and it's not clever...
Just cos it swears in the title, doesn't mean the book's any good!

Really didn't live up to the hype. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2007 by N. E. Mathers
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
This is another great book in the MTV/Pocket Books series. This tragi-comedy reads almost like a poem and is brilliant in it's desciptions and it's clear observations of... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2006 by "lyndseypinzi"
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
There are already a lot of reviews for this book so I'll be brief. This is a great book, funny, but more than that, clever, too. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars E X C E L L A N T
This has got to be one of the funniest books I read in my life. The smart use of humour combined with a unique writing style truly makes this book an art piece. Read more
Published on 4 July 2000 by ahmed.mohammed@visto.com
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to take to school and piss your teachers off.
I have to admit that it was the title that first attracted me to this book. And after reading other MTV fiction novels, I figured it would be a good book. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, witty and surreal
The title caught my eye and I just started translating it (I do that for a living..) Anyway, it is very amusing and he has a very keen eye on details of human nature. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 1999
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