A Fan's Notes [NOOK Book]

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This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Winner of the 1968 William Faulkner Award, this is the first book in a three ...

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Overview

This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Winner of the 1968 William Faulkner Award, this is the first book in a three part fictional memoir.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307763983
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 453,083
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    Ex-citable Boy!

    Quite possibly the definitive work of post-WWII American Literature. Exley's "memoir" is a cult classic that surely deserves greater readership; plus it's laugh-out-loud funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    A scathing, raucus classic.

    Fred Exley lived a life of self-induced agony. Though alcoholism is by no means a unique story, no one else could tell it as Exley did-- without apology, withholding nothing. Between passages that made my eyes fill with tears of sympathy were parts that made me laugh aloud. When I read the climax, a scene of violence and failure, I was forced to stop, flip to the back cover, look at the photo of Exley, and wonder how it is possible to write something so beautiful. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    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

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    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.

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