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5.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed it, 24 Aug. 2005
This is actually a very entertaining book. It's about an alienated Spanish-American poet and writer who spends his days at a meaningless job and his few hours at night tearing up rejection letters from magazine editors and talking to an image of Charles Bukowski.
To unwind, he heads down to the East Village (the book is set in New York City), where he goes to clubs, solicits advice from his best friend, Nikki, a bi-sexual girl who he sees as "perfect" until eventually finding an outlet for his restlessness and curiousity through the downtown personals.
Martin, the protagonist, has the fatal flaw of most comic heroes in that he is essentially naive and prone to a romantic vision of the world.
The notion of bohemia that Martin has in mind in that of Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. And in fact he sees himself, with Nikki (also a writer) as a kind of expatriot, "only he was living in his own country."
This is an entertaining book, not only because of its depiction of the folly of youth, but it's dead-on portrayal of a time and place: Downtown New York City in the late 90s.
The author plays with narrative, using non-linear techniques of flashbacks and dream sequences and personal letters that culminate in a well told coming-of-age story. Or is it a love story? Whatever. I found it a fast-moving and enjoyable read.