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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystifying Lack Of Popular Success, 30 Mar 2011
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This review is from: A Film by Spencer Ludwig (Paperback)
That was the Guardian's conclusion about this author, adding that Flusfeder "writes clever and engaging books, each one of which deserves more public attention than it receives". I took a chance on it after reading the review and am really pleased that I did.
Spencer Ludwig is a fairly unsuccessful film director who takes his ailing father on a spur of the moment trip to Atlantic City. It's like a geriatric road movie and is both hysterically funny and painfully sad. Ludwig's father is a memorable creation who can still terrify and outwit his son when it suits him. Ludwig imagines how what is happening to him would appear if it was in a film but somehow this makes the story more credible even when it is bordering on farce. It would make a terrific movie itself.
I would recommend this highly to anyone who likes authors such as Evelyn Waugh, Edward St. Aubyn etc. As for me I'll be checking out all his other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flashes of Brilliance, Gripping to last page, 27 Feb 2010
This review is from: A Film by Spencer Ludwig (Paperback)
Rather like reading Patrick O'Brian's incontrovertibly masculine sea stories, full of words I have no hope of understanding, Flusfeder's prose swept me along in a state of exhilharation, into and out of casinos, backgammon and poker games, into and out of the minds and histories of Spencer and his decaying father. A classic 'what if' - I bought this after reading the author's account of visiting his dying father in New York, and considering what would happen if he simply drove off with him instead of taking him home. Very funny in places, it is also extremely moving. This is a novel that begs to be filmed (the clue is in the title) and I would rush to see it, provided the director had a deep and unsentimental knowledge of film, and was not remotely slushy. One highlight was Spencer's father bantering with a prostitute; comparing the provenance of her hair extension with that of his false teeth. Another was a glorious misunderstanding on the subject of how to avoid attacks by bears. Really, you have to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, 5 Feb 2010
This review is from: A Film by Spencer Ludwig (Paperback)
This is tragi-comedy at its absolute best. If you've read any other flusfeder novels you'll instantly appreciate that this is a writer as the top of his game
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