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Tuff Hardcover – 1 May 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; First Edition edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375401229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375401220
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,654,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[M]asterfully conceived and highly entertaining.... Richly textured and unforgettable."-"The Boston Globe"
"[A]n extravagant, satirical "cri de coeur" from the inner city.... Tuff is a funny book, and Mr. Beatty's blunt, impious, streetwise eloquence has a...transfixing power."-"The New York Times
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"When Beatty writes, it's not hard to pay attention."-"USA Today"

[M]asterfully conceived and highly entertaining.... Richly textured and unforgettable. The Boston Globe
[A]n extravagant, satirical cri de coeur from the inner city.... Tuff is a funny book, and Mr. Beatty s blunt, impious, streetwise eloquence has a...transfixing power. The New York Times

When Beatty writes, it s not hard to pay attention. USA Today" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The new, blazingly funny novel by one of the world's most talented youn g voices --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Just brilliant
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Format: Hardcover
This book plays incredibly on the mind and you cant help but keep on reading. It's stunning in it's wordplay, as can be expected of Paul Beatty. And while not being as poetic as "White Boy Shuffle" it's almost as moving, just as thought provoking and equally as hip in it's urban images. The issues it deals with are much more than words on the page, they are real life issues to many of the people mirrored by Tuff, and Tuff puts them in a totally different situation and can no doubt influence and encourage a ghetto community to make good of it's talents - even if that is a Sumo wrestling competition in a New York park in an election campaign!
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By A Customer on 29 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
No messing, this book is quality. Very funny and at times disturbingly violent. Best book I've read in a long time and then some. In summary if you like hip hop and it's surrounding culture, BUY IT!
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The story of Winston 'Tuffy' Foshay, a disadvantaged young man immersed in New York's underworld, who mends his ways and embarks on an outlandish political campaign, appealed to my sense of social justice. Furthermore, the setting promised to delve into the most thriving and dynamic musical culture we have heard from in recent decades; hip hop, a chronically under used context in literature. Reviews heightened expectations with endorsements of Beatty's characterisation and use of dialogue.
I could not have been more disappointed. Had those reviewers spent their lives reading telephone books or DIY instruction manuals? Surely, only that kind of material could make someone welcome this work with anything but derision.
The plot is plagued by gaping chasms. The heist that opens the proceedings could not be further removed from reality if it had been penned by Terry Pratchett. What follows is based on the events that transpired there. Sadly, the meandering narrative does nothing but ascend to higher realms of implausibility.
The much vaunted dialogue is so manufactured I'd swear Beatty produced it in a factory. Littered with meaningless profanity, we quickly become desensitised to any deviation in mood or atmosphere. A deadly argument can and is easily misconstrued for a jocular exchange.
The characters enlisted in this contrived episode are, without exception, mind numbing. Even Tuffy lacks any humanising features. He seems to merely be a vehicle for Beatty to espouse his knowledge of world cinema, a trait of Tuffy's that every other character shares our disinterest in.
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