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"* 'One of the greatest American writers, a storyteller who cuts straight to the nerve.' Scott L. Turow 'Dexter, the gorgeous writer of hard beauties like Paris Trout, will make you laugh yourself into a fit one page and hold back tears the next... Throughout this sprawling heart-thumper of a read, the writing goes down like a feast.' Entertainment Weekly 'Pete Dexter, writing of the part played by love in the exuberant life of his hero, Spooner, and the fatal inevitability of the compromises that make life bearable, has given us a novel of picaresque vitality - outlandish, anecdotal, profuse, funny, profound.' Susanna Moore, author of In The Cut 'The best new novel I read this year' Mark Haddon on Train 'A grim and fascinating novel filled with wonderfully comic touches... A fine and engrossing work.' William Styron on Paris Trout 'A masterpiece, complex and breathtaking.' Los Angeles Times on Paris Trout 'Extraordinary... A formidable achievement... Other writers must now be measured against Pete Dexter.' San Francisco Chronicle on Train" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'Somewhere in the weird badlands between "Forrest Gump" and Richard Ford... A winningly digressive all-American Bildungsroman.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent
A riotous and dazzling autobiographical novel of resilience and love from the US National Book Award-winning author Pete Dexter,
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Spooner himself is what the Americans would call a f**k-up. Not actually bad, but everything he turns his hand to seems to fall apart. He lives something of a charmed existance though.
I can't say I warmed to any of the characters. I'm just not into losers like that.
This, set approximately in the present, is the story of the undereducated, square peg, Spooner who blunders through life from crisis to crisis totally lacking in ambition, but achieving success in spite of his overuse of his self destruct button. We meet his family and friends anyone of whom could be the subject of their own biography. I suspect that with Spooner Dexter lets us into aspects of own life when depicting our hero's life as a journalist and best selling author.
After chortling through the first few chapters I feared that Pete Dexter could not keep up the laugh out loud humour, the captivating dialogue and gripping story lines. I was wrong as he had me happily hooked for the whole 400 plus pages. This should not be written off as simply a piece of lighthearted fun. Sure it is full of laughs and outrageous situations and even more outrageous characters, but on another level it is a clever observational piece of writing.