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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!
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Catcher in the Rye meets Trainspotting?
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...
Published on 26 May 1999


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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
This review is from: The Fuck-up (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
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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars mordant, hilarious, original, 21 Jun 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, original and dark, 26 Dec 1997
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars totally absorbing, 24 Aug 1999
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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
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, 23 Jan 2006
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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 pain and loss that are interwoven with humour. If you like this you'll probably love "Jesus' Son" by Denis Johnson.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, witty and surreal, 27 Aug 1999
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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. Although you can't quite relate if you're not an American or have lived in Manhattan, he makes it easy to keep up and dive into the metropolis. The character is so innocent and guilty at the same time, the way he distances himself from his surroundings and yet, the way he implicates himself in everything. He can do better though and I'm really looking forward to his next work. A book from an American I could read was a nice change nevertheless...
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