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Tepper Isn't Going Out

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Delightfully odd and humorous and intriguing

    Tepper is sitting in his car, reading the paper and people-watching. He's in New York. There are lots of people to watch. But who's watching Tepper?

    Murray Tepper is a very likeable character with a very odd quirk. He seems to like sitting in his car. He seems to enjoy searching the streets, no mean feat, to find a parking space. Then he sits and reads.

    Tepper has his some favorite places to stop, and soon there are favorite people to watch; even a young wannabe reporter who writes a newspaper article. And "Tepper isn't going out." His car's staying right where it is, so those drivers waiting for him to move will simply have to seek respite elsewhere.

    Tepper's wife is a little concerned. After all, people don't usually leave the house to sit in the car. Tepper's son-in-law seems to doubt his father-in-law's sanity. Tepper's co-workers continue to ask about those mailing lists, and the reader is left to ponder other connections. people who need help like talking to strangers in cars perhaps. (Well, kids who need to talk are far more likely to in a car, as parents can tell, but usually it's moving.)

    Then there's the mayor who seems to feel oddly threatened by many things. Then there's the altercation between would-be parkers and would-be people watching Tepper watching people. It gets more complicated, and more fun, while Tepper continues to placidly maintain, if there's money on the meter, Tepper isn't going out.

    The story climbs to amusing heights with gentle irony and a pleasing twist. Not necessarily laugh-out-loud, it's certainly laugh-quietly and smile-behind-your-book; a really enjoyable, pleasantly wise, and curiously cheerful kind of tale. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Judge this book by its cover

    If you've lived or worked in NYC, you'll not be able to stop nodding and smiling while you read this book. 'Tepper isn't going out' is a story you will wish didn't have to end. By the time you finish reading this book, you are reassured that you are not the only one with the problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    A delightful tale about a seemingly simple man

    I completely enjoyed this story. Written in a very smooth style with plenty of witty humor. So original!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    The Philosophy of Parking

    Tepper is a simple man who has one true desire in life: to find the perfect parking spot in NYC. He so enjoys the mission of finding such a space that he's taken to reading the evening paper in his parked car, much to the agitation of other drivers looking for a similar space. Accidentally, Tepper becomes the center of controversy and wisdom, drawing the attention of the media, the mayor and the citizens of NYC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003


    The author had a simple, yet unique, idea for the plot of this book. A very light, entertaining, easy book to read. I will recommend this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    Tepper doesn't have a life, nor does this book...

    This book was given to me as a gift and I read it with much anticipation, being a NYer who owns a car and parks it on the street. I hoped to be laughing out loud in every chapter. Instead I found most of it tedious reading, a sort of imitation "Bonfire of the Vanities" without the compelling characters. There were moments of laugh out loud humor and a savy (not out of date) about parking trivia in NYC, but I was mostly groaning at a protagonist who did not sustain any interest for me. The idea of anyone in NYC spending hours parking for the fun of it just doesn't fly. As an episode of Seinfeld, it might hold more appeal, But as literature? A miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    I love to read for symbolism, deeper meanings, ect...

    but sometimes you just need to read a book for what it is. The title gives you a peek as to what the book entails. I would recomend this to anyone who is looking for a funny book and easy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2002

    Funny Book!

    This book is hilarious! It could easily be a movie or sitcom. Please treat yourself and read this book!

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