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Posted December 18, 2001
A Fan's Notes
Pay no attention to all the pretentious, pedantic babble that gets written about this book. It's not Exley's fault that stuffy academics slobber all over it; it's just too good for them not to. It's great, both in terms of technique and content, and anyone who reads it will find himself enriched and entertained, blessed with a new friend in Frederick Exley.
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Posted February 3, 2010
drunk with talent
I found this book in oblique fashion by first reading the later, lesser, Notes From Home, which was a light amusing read which I enjoyed enough to look up the author. I discovered that he'd written the critically acclaimed Fan's Notes. It's not such a light breezy read but then again most of my favorite authors were terrible drunks and even suicides and I think it gives their work a certain verite. I'm not sure what the message would be, a man in denial, drinking his life away, abusing his relationships, sleeping on his friends couches, lying to himself and them, all the while writing an unpublishable manuscript, who actually manages, in real life to turn that into an American masterpiece. I mean, you can spend your life drinking and mooching if you write a classic otherwise you're a bum? The book is ostensibly about his fascination with Frank Gifford and I can just barely remember when old Frank was quite the stud muffin and I kept wondering if he's read the book while I read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2011
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