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What This Book Is Not,
This review is from: The Subject Steve (Paperback)
I judged this book by its cover. I admit it. But that cover contains quotes from or comparisons to the following: Chuck Palahniuk, Toby Litt, Douglas Coupland, Dave Eggers and Six Feet Under. I love all of the above (especially Mr Palahniuk). How could this book NOT be for me? Easily, as it turns out.
Sam Lipsyte's style is trying so hard to be like Chuck Palahniuk's - short, sharp bursts of prose with enough gaps for you to read it in bite-size chunks. There are shocking moments rendered too funny to be truly shocking. But the difference is, that no matter how weird Chuck Palahniuk gets, there's a story at the heart of it, and a GOOD one. Here there is not, there's just a random series of events with ultimately no catalyst and no goal.
The dialogue is bad, and attempts at cleverness or jarring the reader only lead to frustration and feeling like you're a four year old having to read a line slowly whilst moving your lips. The book has its moments, the ideas are IN there, they're just too laboured.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2010 02:30:11 BDT
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Mark Porter says:
Having read everything that Sam Lipsyte has written, he is not 'trying hard' to be anyone but Sam Lipsyte. This man is amongst the funniest writers I have ever read. The humour is also shot through with brilliant observations. Sam Lipsyte is a people watcher and a fantastically entertaining talent. Not for those who like the obvious, predictible, cliche laden nonsense of the best seller lists.
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