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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Seinfeld-esque

If you are looking for a novel with a beginning,a middle and an end that leaves you feeling your main characters have resolved a problem or grown in the course of the story's events, then this book is not for you. Simply put, this is three separate slice-of-life storie...
If you are looking for a novel with a beginning,a middle and an end that leaves you feeling your main characters have resolved a problem or grown in the course of the story's events, then this book is not for you. Simply put, this is three separate slice-of-life stories running concurrently about three individuals and an interesting cast of secondary characters who all happen to live in a very small town called Owl, North Dakota. It offers an inside glimpse of how narrow life can be in a small town when some little thing you said or did at one insignificant moment in your life becomes the standard by which you are defined for the rest of it. The novel is hilarious and sad, pointed and pointless--and something I could not put down. Interestingly, everyone seems to know everything about everyone in Owl, but only superficially. The problem is that superficial knowledge is all that matters in Owl. What I was left with at the end was the question, and the question is this: Is it better to be defined and remembered (probably incorrectly) for one single incident in your life, or not to be remembered at all?

posted by Anonymous on September 22, 2008

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Protentious Fluff

There is no mind or matter incorporated into this work of fiction. It is obvious Chuck didn't take to much time trying to find an original concept for his themes in this novel. It reads just like 'Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs', except with a whole handful of badly developed...
There is no mind or matter incorporated into this work of fiction. It is obvious Chuck didn't take to much time trying to find an original concept for his themes in this novel. It reads just like 'Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs', except with a whole handful of badly developed characters thrown into the pot. The ending of the book is a poor attempt at a Scorsese-esque build up, that fails worse than a Carrot Top production.

posted by Anonymous on July 13, 2008

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Ridiculous mess

    I was excited about this book, small town drama is usually fairly entertaining, but this book honestly had no point whatsoever. I kept reading night after night thinking ok, tonight will be the night where it makes sense as to why a person would bother writing the stories of these characters. Each time, I was disappointed. As other people have mentioned, there are three main characters, none of whom actually do anything. There are some good one liners in the book, but that is about all this book has going for it. The ending, ridiculous as it was, couldn't come soon enough. Sorry Mr. Klosterman.

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    Posted January 27, 2010

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