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Alta Definizione (Special Books) (Italian Edition) (2012)

by Adam Wilson(Favorite Author)
3.1 of 5 Votes: 4
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review 1: Visceral, to-the-gut writing and hard-edged, dark humor made Flatscreen a winner for me. It takes us deep into Eli's psychology and gives a bleak take on post-Millennial life.Eli's a jerk, but so what? His observations are humorous, personal and inventively rendered. I don't think the material is any more "vulgar" than John Updike, Hunter S. Thompson or any other successful writers of their respective ilk. It depicts life without a pleasant false veneer, without manners or varnish. In that sense, it is a triumph. This is a psychological novel, not a plot-driven potboiler.This book bears the hallmarks, in terms of stylistic choices (self-conscious dropping of definite articles) and structure ("fake" chapters, alternate endings) of someone educated in an MFA program. Dependi... moreng on how much you crave convention in what you read, that might either fascinate or annoy you. I felt a twinge of the latter at times, but I thought this mostly fell on the right side of the line. Women need not run from this, unless they'd rather not know how horrible what goes on in men's heads can be. For those who only want to read cheery, likable characters, rather than people from real life, may I kindly recommend the YA section of your bookstore?
review 2: This book is way more vulgar than I expected. There's plenty of sexual imagery and humor. What kept me reading was the interesting way Wilson broke up the narrative with very brief chapters about his family members, himself, and his psychology. Additionally, references to Seinfeld, The Big Lebowski, and other visual forms of entertainment intrigued me and helped me to connect more with the narrator.You have this twenty-something schlub living near Boston, who talks about an area in which I grew up, constantly alludes to films relevant to his situation. He seems to be decent with friends while he maintains a sarcastic, intellectual outlook on life. He puts a lot of his faith into an aging crippled man named Kahn - a former actor - ostensibly because that man bought his childhood house. Definitely appreciated the story's ebb and flow: kept me guessing while not taking itself too seriously.Reminiscent of This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper less
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Worst. I wanted my time and money back and I didn't even pay for it.
A little too adolescent teen male gross for me. Some funny scenese.
Good, but a little slow going.
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