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  • Posted August 7, 2009

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    Warren Spooner from the moment of his birth chased himself trying to figure out where he belonged and what purpose he had in life. His twin brother born moments before him was still born - a fact his mother never could overcome. His biological father died before he had a chance to know who he was and his mother remarried soon enough for him realize he missed having a father. He grew up confused, misguided at times and seriously messed up for years and found that he enjoyed some petty thievery. But still he survived it all and lived through a number of trials by fire some of which involved literal fires. He grew up, moved around, lived through poverty, divorce and some terrible bosses at major newspapers until he found his voice in the one manner of living he never expected - writing. In a perpetual state of motion it took a woman to slow him down and show him how to be a husband, father and later in life care taker of the man who was for all intent and purposes his father. He fought some battles and won some wars but never walked away unscathed.

    All this from someone that no one thought would live past 20 - just goes to show that if it doesn't sink you might have to help it a little. He made friends, moved about the country and never traveled an easy road or took a job that was a great fit; he made things fit him not the other way around.

    This book while not an easy read is a good read on a number of levels. It makes you think about this character as he evolves from one personality, question why you like him and what is the motivation for wanting him to succeed. What the reader has to always remember is that we are all an accumulation of our life experiences and that some nurturing is required to help overcome that which has the potential to make us full out crazy.

    Always remember you have to pop a hole in the container to get it to sink!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Take the Spooner ride through life.

    Spooner. One of those characters that constantly has you shaking your head and wondering, "Why?" At the same time, a character worth caring about - one worth the reader's time in getting to know. Spooner is just one of many eccentric characters that populate his world. No matter how outrageous the situation or the people, it all rings true. Life is like that sometimes, isn't it? Central to it all is Spooner's relationship with his stepfather Calmer. Despite the chaos of it all, Calmer displays the patience of Job. In the end there is an unspoken understanding, a quiet love that wins the day. The book itself possesses a mix of humor and pathos that keeps it all in perspective. This was one of the best books I read in 2009. Excellent, energetic, and engaging writing by Dexter makes this a winner.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    DEXTER KNOWS HOW TO HOLD A READERS INTEREST

    SPOONER
    Pete Dexter
    Grand Central Publishing
    ISBN: 878-0-446-54072-8
    $26.99 - Hardback
    459 pages
    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    Pete Dexter writes as he has apparently lived, disconnected but somehow still hanging on to the whole. His new novel, SPOONER, is a maze leading one on a journey of discovery. What the reader discovers is a story of a young, troubled youth who would rather urinate in your shoes that wear them. A young man who appears to be laid-back to outsiders but is searching constantly for his own truth.whatever that might be.

    Spooner, the main character of this story, was trouble to his mother even prior to his
    birth. As she likes to tell others, he almost killed her in his attempt to become a member of our world. A woman with chronic asthma, she frequently took to her bed to escape that which she couldn't or wouldn't deal with. Dead before his birth, Spooner's father was replaced by Calmer Ottosson, a young naval officer that was dismissed from the service when he allowed a U.S. Senator's body flop around like a dead fish when he was being buried at sea.

    Calmer was a good name for Spooner's stepfather in that he was the only calming influence in the family. He picked up the pieces of Spooner's family and never seemed to waver in doing so. Even as Spooner floundered in his attempt to find happiness, Calmer was always there to hold his hand and provide support.

    The first half of the book brings more laughs than watching Saturday Night Live while the latter part of the book takes on a more serious tone. I admit to laughing out loud at the young Spooner's actions and wanting to cry out, "For Pete's Sake, Spooner.get it together," reading the last pages of the work.

    Regardless of your likes and dislikes, everyone will find something in this story with which they can relate. While it is a laborious process to read 459 pages and maintain interest, Dexter has managed to do just that.keep your interest.

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