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American Rust

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    This was a very good read. Interesting how a simple decision, o

    This was a very good read. Interesting how a simple decision, or letting yourself get caught up in something simple with a friend can have a profound impact on your life.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Like an old friend who you want to finally get things right after seeing them make some bad choices

    The characters choices were at times annoying but this made the book feel all the more real. Who of us hasn't watched a friend or loved one make a bad decision and not felt annoyed at their indescretion? This is what makes this book a piece of literature: you start to think of the characters as friends or family and sometimes you want to turn away (or yell at them and tell them what they should be doing) when they're making a mistake. Phillip Meyer got the feeling of the dillapidated ex-steeltown pretty much dead on, and he captured the wanderlust of the youths growing up there and the dispare that goes along with it. Think of this book as a friend who has made some annoyingly stupid decions. If you know this going into reading it, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Entertaining but bogs down midway

    I thought Meyer's story, setting and key characters were all quite original in American Rust. It is well-written and Meyer's depictions of the landscape were image-provoking. On the negative side, Meyer spends too much time in the heads of his characters for my taste, and I thought this caused the story to bog down a bit halfway through. But the pace picks up in the last third and I thought the ending was clever.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Good Initial Effort

    A tightly composed and realistic read. Kinda dark, kinda brooding. Well written and a great initial effort. Made me know the characters.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    American Rust by Philipp Meyer

    A really magnificent first novel. From the opening scenes Meyer created a world where lives hovered on a knife's edge of disaster. Poor choices and bad decisions land his characters in nasty situations any of us would have difficulty confronting. Readers have a sense of the big picture only because the author told his story from so many points of view. But he doesn't tell us the future before he is ready and it is with a sense of impending doom that we watch the story unfold to what we fully expect will be its dreadful conclusion.

    This novel did not get nearly the attention it deserved when it was published in February this year. If I have any complaints at all it is merely that it contained more words than it needed. The characters are drawn with sensitivity and depth and the scenes have added details that crank up the reader's sense of foreboding to high. I hope and expect that the author will get more attention from future work, though I hope his publisher puts this work up front for promotion.

    It is said that men don't really read novels. If all novels were as good as this one, I think we'd see a lot more men among the converted. This should appeal to those lovers of the Palahniuk oeuvre, though I hate to limit his appeal. It is a man's novel like Black Flies (Shannon Burke, 2008) was a man's novel. It is firmly from a man's point of view. Introspective, but not internal.

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