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The Sugar Frosted Nutsack (2012)

by Mark Leyner(Favorite Author)
2.93 of 5 Votes: 3
0316608459 (ISBN13: 9780316608459)
Little, Brown and Company
review 1: The author's erudition is plain, his conceits are clever, and the framing of the story is novel and amusing. I was constantly surprised by the references and iterations of the plot, but like many very clever things, there is a risk that the cleverness will grow stale with repetition. Without giving too much away, the story is the tale of Ike Karton's life/death as told to the reader, with commentary that automatically becomes part of the story and must be included word-for-word in the retelling. Since this book is nothing but nested repetitions advancing almost imperceptibly to a conclusion disclosed at the beginning, I found myself struggling to continue on to the end. I did skim many sections that were word-for-word repetitions of previous sections. The book is perfect f... moreor navel-gazing readers, but it's tough going if you are looking for a strong plot.
review 2: Mostly a fun read, imaginative & laugh out loud funny. It was an interesting book that reflected on itself a fair bit and how some of the meta-characters were either observing the characters or fucking with them - and the reader. It might have been nice if there was more actual content rather than the fugue-like rehashing it became. I'm glad I read it but don't feel the need to ever read it again. less
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The best thing about this book is Gary Shteyngart's blurb on the front cover. I cannot recommend.
This book is one of the most ridiculous abuses of fiction I've ever come across. I loved. It.
Maddening and repetitive, but still somewhat entertaining.
I love Leyner, but I found this book to be excruciating.
Way too manic and show-offy. Didn't finish.
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