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Ablutions: Notes for a Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Beauty In The Breakdown

    This book was phenomenal. I love how deeply sick the author makes all of his characters seem, it's absolutley engrossing. The love affair DeWitt creates between You and substance was magical. Though often times depressing, cynical, and outwardly cruel the book was at the same time charming, simple and yes, laugh out loud funny. The plot line ranged from a broken marriage, to a good luck car, to a Hollywood bar that was also on the verge of collapse, and eventually to hookers and mounds of coke. If you like Bukowski, or can enjoy shoe gaze tunes, this book is the read for you. You have to really apprieciate a beautiful "downer" novel when one with taste like this is published.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

    Great Read

    I think the above reviewer means that it was written in the 2nd person, because it was. Anyway, this short book is composed with a very fresh style. It's funny, sad, hopeful at times and more than anything very real. It's loose as far as story goes, but still the pages keep turning. I recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    A Poet for Alcoholics

    This debut novel's subject matter is often hard to take, but deWitt's barman in a seedy Hollywood bar describes the 'regulars' with a hypnotically poetic voice all his own. I find myself rereading passages for the sheer pleasure of the music in the words. Witty, sometimes shocking, this spare portrait of a slow descent into the losses alcoholism is told with an unflinching eye for the truth. I look forward to his next offering (but hope he picks a less gritty story to tell). The kid can write!

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Short and Odd Writing Style

    The author chose a very different writing style talking in third person but writing like the corrupt bartender (we never find out his name) is telling the story. The bartender meets up with nothing but losers at his bar and when he isn't drunk himself, he is taking undesirable women into the storage room. The writing style was a little difficult for me and it was like a drug addict explaining their drug trip. There were some interesting parts though. One patron is threatened with death at a specific date and the bar patrons decide to protect him and have a party at his apartment on the day he is supposed to die. The party ends up being an orgy with hookers and other wildness.

    If you like fast and wild tales you will probably like this book. I couldn't give it more than three stars because it is just not my thing.

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