A Fan's Notes

A Fan's Notes

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by Frederick Exley
     
 

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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.

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780679720768
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1988
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
167,939
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Fan's Notes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Paul_Hochman More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 27 days ago
A must read. Read it now!!!
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fattrucker More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago