Pull Yourself Together Audio CD – Audiobook, 23 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Thomas Glavinic is considered one of the guiding voices in Austrian literature. Born in 1972, he is the author of several novels, as well as a number of essays and short stories. His work has garnered both critical acclaim and commercial success and has been translated into sixteen languages. The Camera Killer was awarded the 2002 Friedrich-Glauser Prize for crime fiction and Glavinic was short-listed for the German Book Prize in 2007. Pull Yourself Together reached the top of the Austrian bestseller list. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I know that some people have found this book hugely amusing, so it really does depend on whether or not you can cope with Charlie. I suggest you look inside and have a taster. You will be able to decide very quickly which side of the fence you are standing on as he comes at you full blast from the word go.
There are a few sentences of great writing here and there, and it starts off great, but overall it wasn't really worth reading. It just lacks so much depth, the main character is weak and unrelateable, and this might be down to my own personal stupidity but it was hard to understand the purpose of any of the storyline.
But Pull Yourself Together is more than the tale of a self-proclaimed wimp. The story reads like a Wes Anderson - with every shot considered and carefully presented, and a cast of quirky, fascinating characters.
As Charlie faces his comeuppance, the book galvanises around him; the story is one of redemption, and is at times funny, moving and sad. I highly recommend this new voice.
The book opens on the night Challenger space shuttle broke up in mid-flight in 1986, and finds Charlie about to lose his virginity with his first girl-friend. We then follow the course of Charlie's youth and young-adulthood through to the night in 2003 when the space-shuttle Columbia broke up on re-entry. I suppose that as far as marking the path of a life goes these markers are as good as any!
Although Charlie's mother is an alcoholic he has a number of close relatives including the "aunticles" (a pair of stern and demanding sisters), and a very old great aunt who acts as a fount of wisdom and a refuge for Charlie when he needs top-ups of unconditional love or much-needed schillings (this is pre-euro days of course).
Each chapter records various events in Charlie's life as he moves through seventeen years of his life. Despite his weight (a constant worry to him), he manages to get through several girl-friends during his progress through college and on to a variety of jobs. The story is told in the first person and Charlie has a self-deprecating, ironic voice which allows the readers to hear his inner commentary on the things which happen to him.
Charlie likes to think of himself as a philosopher and attempts to cover up his sense of inadequacy by wearing a black cloak and carrying around volumes by Nietzsche and Kant. In reality he is consumed with superstitious fears and has an unhealthy dependence on self-help guides.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I got it as a free read via my Prime account, but I will purchase it next time I want to read it so I have it always. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Review-Shrew
Thought a bit strange at first but soon had me laughing out loud!Published 22 months ago by Artisan
There is perhaps a market for this sort of book but I didnt enjoy it as much as I had hoped to, the pace is fine and the narrative engaging enough that even if the content or... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by Lark
I didn’t particularly enjoy this but it did seem quite original.
It did raise a few smiles and was quite a good book to dip into.
What a great story! Not really my usual choice of novel but the title did intrigue me and the blurb on the back promised writing from an acclaimed writer. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by xenofan
I like this because it makes me smile and the author just gets what it's like to be a teenPublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by Mrs Rosemary Salomon
This is a contrived book. Somewhat self-indulgent and not very interesting really. I struggled to finish it but got to the end because I kept hoping it would get better.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by Clive Turner