- 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)
Tuff Hardcover – 1 May 2000
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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
"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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›