“The best literary present . . . has a delicate sweetness that shows through at just the right moments.”Ron Charles, Washington Post Book World
Echoing a narrative line that includes Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, William Giraldi’s Busy Monsters has been hailed as one of the most exciting fiction debuts in years. Penned with a linguistic bravado that explores the diaphanous line between fiction and fact, this “very funny, very inventive début novel” (The New Yorker) has at last revived the great American picaresque tradition.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
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About the Author
William Giraldi is the author of the of the memoir The Hero’s Body, and critically hailed novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, which is soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.
What People are Saying About This
William Giraldi's Busy Monsters is rammed with life. It has more than promise. A kind of elegiac intensity, remarkable for so young a man, pervades its harmonies.
Take the amped-up lyrical braggadocio of the American South and join it to a sly, at times Nabokovian celebration of psychological obsession. Add a pinch of O'Connor, a dash of Hannah, heat with an imagination reared in both the canon and its rock & roll antipodes. Busy Monsters is an unforgettable achievement by one of our most important young chroniclers of anguish and bliss.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wilde, picaresque romp of a story, "Busy Monsters" is one of the funnier books I have ever read, replete with linguistic bravado and slapstick silliness. The protagonist publishes this memoir as he lives it, so that the various characters he encounters on his adventures comment on the exaggerated outlandishness of the past episodes, frequently calling the credulity of his narrative into suspect in a fun, postmodern twist. The book is like if Napoleon Dynamite invented his own awesome adventures, told with the bravado of a Jack Black, a fine marriage of both high and lowbrows. My only knock is that the story eventually loses some momentum at the finish line.
Oddball characters, outrageous plot all held together with some of the best use of the language I've seen in a long time.
If you like a confederacy of dunces you will love this! Great read.