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A Fan's Notes (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – 12 Aug 1988
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Frederick Exley recounts his life as the son of a hero-worshipped high school athlete who is doomed to be a spectator not only of sports, but of life. From irresponsible drifter, to dreamer of impossible dreams, to drunkard, to frequent patient at an asylum, Exley carried baggage from his childhood through much of his adult life, never feeling he could escape the dark cloud of expectation that hung over him. When Frank Gifford, former New York Giants backfield star, is injured, Exley is jolted into painful realisations about his life and a confession. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A Fan's Notes is one man's life written with brilliance and insight. No one should have had Exley's life, and no one who has read it can forget it" (James Dickey)
"Writers of every kind of aesthetic and cultural persuasion talk about it and press it on their friends. When I urge it on a friend who asks what it is about or what it is like, I say read it, just read it" (Geoffrey Wolff)
"Astonishing... It is visceral and intimate. Self-absorbed, it is also searingly perceptive about what happens between fathers and sons, men and women" (Independent) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I don't want to go on and on about what happens in the book, as other reviewers have said it's not about football or sport though the New York Giants became a huge part of his life.
Just read it, I don't think you'll find it easy, but in parts it's very very funny. So many people have been, shall I say, 'influenced' by it. The film Tin Men springs to mind, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Hunter Thompson's attorney character is remarkably similar to the 'Counsellor' in A Fan's Notes. I even think that Tarantino's choice of names in Reservoir Dogs is no co-incidence. I'm not saying that these writers have ripped him off, but they have all, along with many others, read the book. And you should too.
Read it if you like Catcher in the Rye and that type of angst fueled opus.
If you don't want to read about political incorrectness, mental illness, failure, and drunkenness, then avoid it. But if you enjoy classic literature or are an aspiring writer, then this is a must-read.
Exley has written two other books: 'Pages From A Cold Island' and 'Last Notes From Home'. If they were available, I'd buy them without a moment's hesitation.
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