by Saira Viola


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ISBN-13: 9780985000356
Publisher: Kite and Key Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2012
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

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CRACK APPLE and POP 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elegantly savage - an atmosphere of wit and spontaneity pervades this work . Unprecendented use of style and attachment to poular culture , music , art , and the hypocrisy of modern life . Outstandingly perceptive - from city boys and glamour babes who get rewarded for wrong doing and drug dealers and call girls pimping their existence on a "bullet and a bag". Lyrical, anguished and at times monumentally funny .
Michikit_aka_AminaBlack More than 1 year ago
I just finished CRAK APPLE AND POP and I must say that I am part in shock and part excited because I got to read this amazing book. I am in shock because the unexpected ending and trust me that you will love it from the beginning `till the end. The story is a classical in the sense of "how life actually works", no pretty flowers or magic, just plain, cruel reality that presents the ups and downs of Tony's life, first a victim of a racist attack that throw him on the edge of success in a professional career as a boxer player, just to find himself fall after an accident that finishes his career. CRAK APPLE AND POP is a novel about success, fall, passion and crime all together under the form of a dark social satire. The writing style is unique. Is the first time I'm dealing with this kind of writing and all I can say about it is that is smart and creative. Saira Viola, the author, developed this kind of writing style that combines lyrical beats, art, street slang references to popular culture, and nature creating a kind of vernacular that verges on poetry. So if you are in need of a smart reading, this is the book for you.
HayleyPS More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this novel it's brash bold and brimming with booze babes and all that bling bling bling . The book has an exciting hook that runs through it and a bizarre group of loveable misfits that keps it high energy . I especially like the Lesbian biker chick who doubles up as a drug courier and the ivy league debt enforcer who has a restraining order against him from the church of Humanology . The whole of morality is questioned ireeverent to the point of savagery .
Betwrite More than 1 year ago
T is a young handsome boxer who turns to crime for a better life when a fatal injury knocks hims out . The novel starts in media res with a brutal racist attack that will change his life forever . At times it will elevate, shock and inspire but it will always challenge and confront . A bitter ruthless satire that attacks the mindless banality of society and forces us to think about who's good who's bad and who's ugly .
twobookworms More than 1 year ago
Following in the footsteps of such experimental literature writers such as T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and futurist author F.T. Marinetti, author Saira Viola has created a new writing style called Sonic Scatter-script. It's a style of writing that includes lyrical beats, art, and popular culture woven into the dialogue and story line to give a really fresh twist on the plot and characters. Some examples of this pulsating and vibrant style of writing are: "He was tall and skinny a cross between Jah Jah Binks and Ronnie Wood" or "She looked like a Vegas show girl in rehab, 6 ft tall with a dirty blonde wig, sculpted eyebrows and cherry red lip-gloss she spoke with a Ru-Paul strut". Inventive, vibrant and alive! Without giving away the plot this book will take you on a wild, self-indulgent ride into a culture of greed and overindulgence with a riveting plot at its core . It tells the story of a young, handsome boxer whose hopes of a career in boxing are ruined by injury and who is forced into a life of crime. Against this setting, lies a complex web of satirical subplots and characters. A hard-hitting, mesmerizing read that illustrates today's generation and their jargon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading CRACK APPLE AND POP! is a little like watching a movie scripted by Tarantino and directed by David Lynch . I'm sure Viola would love this description . It's animated punchy and sometimes gets a little too off kilter for my taste . That's why I'm going with a safe 3 star review I don't want to go overboard on the praise for it but have to confess it's actually the best book I'v read this year and I can say with ceratinty it's a comedy of it's time . There are references to WarCraft , Pizza Hut and boxing gyms it's all such fun the more you read the better it gets . ...
thepenprincess More than 1 year ago
I am a student of classical lit and have read many great pieces of fiction from Kundera to Keats . I got a referral from a french friend of mine on this novel and was deeply intrigued . I never judge books by their covers or the publishers as I am not a literary snob alot of Sartre's work was written on the back of napkins in coffee bars so I gladly bought anfd read this book.This is a powerfully perceptive novel that provides the reader with an intellectual burst of energy . It would be impossible to adequately describe in comprehensive detail all of the virtues of this book it has so many fine touches of wit and satire . Underneath the shimmering facade of London is a Dickensian poverty that is horrific to behold , a seething underclass who have no way out but to engage in crime and hit those in corruption. Viola does not moralise or cast judgments on these polarised groups of society she uses her characters as instruments of social commentary . There are call grils and escorts who prostitue themselves to a better life but are they not like all of society everyone is hawking their souls for a different existence .What is really refreshing and new what Viola does that very few if any do is satirise culture and the cultural dikats of society in a way that is unique and bitterly funny. This book shimmers there are poetic passages there is a tight plot line and characters that swell .This book has a cutting honesty about it that few authors ever have the courage to emulate .
ShiahB More than 1 year ago
Fluent , compulsive and achingly funny. One of the first books to come along in a while that has enough whizz bang bang for somet time . Great references to music , nightclubs, bars and restuarants of the filthy rich and how that affects those further down the food chain
mamajava More than 1 year ago
This book is very different to the ones I have read before . It is a crime story but has lots of outrageous incidients in it which are very funny and they all come together in a seamless web . There is alot of action , and some very interesting descriptions about London and New York , describing a great deal of popular culture which is referenced throughout the novel in a sort of rhyming pattern that is melodic and sets the pace of the novel. One thing I was unprepared for was how fragmented and divided England can be . With Downton Abbey winning all of the awards for tv it was intriguing that class and racism still exist in British society today and Viola has expressed this tension very cleverly by using various characters to portray that unease . One very funny moment is when the key character is ordering food from one of the top restaurants in London and they are all very snobbish when waiting on him but he supplies them with drugs so there is a real hypocrisy there which is exposed .  A good read all in all and definitely worth checking out.  An added bonus if you like clothes, nightclubs, models fashion the book is full of all the swanky bars and restaurants like China Whites in London the Met Bar and SoHo House .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darkly surreal - experimentalist writing that feels new and unique . Often unsettling. Get gripped by the sleazy side of London meet a Jewish Rabbi who doubles as a coke dealer , S & M twins who hustle for debts , and a lawyer who goes on the run wild unpredictable and often laugh out loud funny.
Steves-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Viola has really developed something fascinating with her new writing style called 'sonic scatterscript' which as one reviewer mentioned a mix between lyrical beats, art, street slang references to popular culture, and nature then melded into a sort of poetry that really makes the book. Don't get me wrong everything else in the book was well thought out and executed to a 't' but there are a lot of great books out there but the new writing style is really what set it apart from everything else. Crack, Apple, and Pop has developed a whole new class of books. I would highly recommend this book to pretty much anybody I know. Pick it up and you won't be disappointed.
kate231 More than 1 year ago
This is an exception novel and I will explain why : Setting - the sharpest cities in the world London and New York - Perspective - the story is told by satrical narrator who doesn't judge but simply observes the characters in action it's smart and savvy but alo very amusing at times.Characters they're simply unbelievable you have the main one who attracts sypmathy , his second in command who is a crazy mix of intellectual wizard and wiseguy and their family of misfits all loveable in their own way .Structure although the story unfolds in a linear way the scenes jump around making it a much more urgent read tension , climax and denouement it's all in here. Finally style , unique , setence construction using the sonic scatterscript method this has a real effect on pace . Together a high ocatne piece of fiction that only gets better each time you read it . Remarkable achivement .
Jude_the_sister More than 1 year ago
Written in a style self-described as “sonic scatterscript”, Crack Apple and Pop is an exploration of London’s cultural underbelly with Tony, the protagonist, at the center of all the subplots incorporated in this engaging read. From an intellectual perspective, it’s a shake n’ bake of Guy Ritchie’s quick cuts, Kurt Vonnegut-like socio-political commentary, the depth of Leonid Afremov’s art, and in the same refined tone as Pink Floyd’s The Wall. The language used to weave this tale of societal reciprocity creates a cinematic portrayal of a world that I, as a reviewer, have little to no connection to. From the first page to the last, there is not a moment wasted with the writer seamlessly tying in pop culture references that cause the reader to FEEL the story. You begin to find yourself in these characters that slowly unfurl over the pages to come. Immediately, with just a few sentences’ notice, we’re placed in the midst of the misfortune, chaos, and depravity that “Crack Apple and Pop” presents, and nowhere does the pace let up. From scene-to-scene, we’re taken on a trip akin to being on an illegal substance where the lights are bright, where shades of grey are quick to develop into deeper shades of grey, and where the reader is forced to question their own social, political, and moral stance. I’ve heard readers describe this book as experimental – I don’t find this to be the case and I wouldn’t let the word “experimental” turn you off from reading the book. It leans on post-modern literature while mixing in other influences to ultimately create a combined form of the escapist and socio-political genres. It is not challenging to read but rather challenges the reader to question their stance on the issues presented. Flipping through the pages, you see the author’s passion for her subject matter and you let her passion become yours as she safely guides you through the stories of those at the center of modern-day racism, class warfare, violence, substance abuse, and greed. This is not your feel-good “once upon a time” happy endings for all! kind of story. It’s ruthlessly raw, aggressive, intimate, vivid, and potent. I will leave you with a quote written within the novel’s first few pages. “Superman don’t need no seatbelt.” – Muhammad Ali True for him. Hold on tight.
macocael More than 1 year ago
Elmore Leonard, the patriarch of loopy crime fiction, once acknowledged his debt to the patriarch of macho modernism: “I started out of course with Hemingway when I learned how to write. Until I realized Hemingway doesn't have a sense of humor.” Into the mix of machismo and spare prose, Leonard added his signature humor and launched a career that reshaped American pop culture. Saira Viola might just be the next doyenne of deadpan, because she has humor in spades and something else that most people probably think is the exclusive property of the men who dominate this genre: she’s got balls. Cojones. And they are jewels! I do not know of any other woman who has dared to take on these men at their own game. Most women who write about crime do so in the confines of genteel homes, like Agatha Christie, or the minds of sociopaths, as does Patricia Highsmith. But Viola zaps happily on the tawdry turf that writers like Leonard have so redolently marked, and one has to wonder about her chutzpah. From her pix and interviews, she appears a petite and soft spoken young woman, with the class and carriage of a supermodel – and brains to match! – Viola clearly believes in the Napoleonic dictum: “L’audace, toujours l’audace.” In Crack, Apple and Pop she is kicking ass and taking names – and the name game is half the fun. Several of the reviewers here have already noted that her sonic scatterscript brings to the genre a new voice resonant with the poetry of po-mo alienation. When she turns it on, the concision and humor are irresistible, as when she describes her protagonist Tony “T” in one succinct line: “He had the classic gaze of Snow White’s Bashful with the whopping frame of Vin Diesel.” I crack up every time I read it. The idea of combining a Disney dwarf with one of current cinema’s most hulking heroes could only occur to an impish author with a devilish satirical wit. But there is more to it. Much more. For one thing, it's not all satirical; there's poetry too, as when she writes "The rest of the day fell away with a yawn." But if Viola were to be praised solely for her style, she’d be just like any other novelty in this twisted market society of ours, a bright bauble to catch the eye and snare the pocketbook. As Dashiell Hammett once observed, “It is the beginning of the end when you discover you have style.” Stylistic tics sell, but like overripe fruit they stink after too long. Viola is not a mere stylist. She’s got a vision, she’s got eyes. Just like Leonard and all the other big boys from noir on down, she’s got something to say about the state of a society gone very much wrong, a society of relentless commodification and alienation and unreal specularity. This is Guy deBord with street smarts, and the satiric style is a scalpel to flay the orange-tinted tanning parlor skins of a host of plastic people the likes of which are positively Dickensian in their eccentric adaptations to a ditzy Darwinian struggle to survive. The characters live according to a chicken and egg logic dominated by the claustrophobic circularity of pop consumer culture, and the unique style, with its relentless reference to pop culture and brand names, draws out this ultimate postmodern irony: the denizens run round and round in a circle of hell reserved for the feckless, condemned to imitate TV imitating a lifestyle scripted as a sitcom conceived by Beckett or Ionesco. In a typical scene of absurd hilarity, Tony and his cohort, Bernie and Tim, tear up a Pizza Hut because some brat sitting with his bland nuclear and neutered family unit mischievously tosses pizza at them. A food fight breaks out, the hapless customers all get splattered, and after the mayhem subsides, Tony, who is one of the sole beacons of sanity among the lunatics, does the right thing and pays for the damages. But even his conscientiousness is undercut by the Viola’s summary of the scene: “It was the Blues Brothers dinner skit, only in real time.” This is like No Exit staged as reality TV, and the relentless pop culture references hem these characters in so tightly that even the payoff at the end of the novel is a pyrrhic victory. They’re all would-be method actors straitjacketed by a B movie hack’s screenplay. You see, there’s reason to Viola’s rhyme. This is what gives her style its heft, its poignancy, as well as its humor. And this book is just the beginning. Leonard established his basic themes with the publication of his first book in 1954, and for fifty years now he’s been riffing on them with astonishing variety. I predict that Viola is another of these prolific types whose energy and inventiveness and crackling wit will electrify the literary world for many decades to come.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
As a long-time reader and watcher of mob-related movies, books, and television shows, I was eager to pick up Saira Viola's "Crack Apple and Pop." As an English major, I was also drawn to trying out her "self-pioneered" new style of literature, which she calls "sonic scatter script" and describes as a mixture of pop culture references, lyrical beat, and color. The novel starts out with a quote from Muhammad Ali: "Superman don't need no seatbelt." From that point on, I knew that Viola's novel was going to be a quick-paced, fast-hitting ride, and I was right in that assumption. The first chapter sees Tony, the main character, being viciously beaten almost to the death, and his mother's despair and horror over the act. He begins boxing as a self-defense mechanism but, when that fails, is recruited by a powerful gangster. Thus Tony begins his life of crime, quickly becoming powerful himself. He pushes cocaine and engages in any sort of underworld activity that results in profit, while enjoying the high life that comes with being a very wealthy man with the right connections. Side plots focus on an unethical lawyer and his pretty paralegal, a Mumbai film pirater, and a host of other characters. "Crack Apple and Pop" aims, in my opinion, to be a sharp satire of the criminal underworld, the corruption of the legal system, and our society's emphasis on wealth, beauty, and pleasure. The frequent references to pop culture reinforce this, and they are often used to excellent and amusing effect to describe characters or situations ("Christian could think of nothing worse than spending the rest of his days with a self-confessed depressive maniac who had a disturbing violent streak and a list of neuroses that made even Woody Allen in Manhattan look sane."). Like "American Psycho," another satire about controversial subject matter, this book won't appeal to everyone. If you're easily offended by drug use, violence, or immorality, you won't make it past the first few chapters. Cocaine use is casual and constant, women are creatures to be used and thrown aside, and a rabbi is caught with a hooker--not exactly PG material. However, if you can get past that then I think you can enjoy the novel. The book also is more like a series of connected vignettes than a traditional novel; with so many characters and plot points, Tony eventually becomes more of the central glue than the main character. Sometimes it was difficult to keep track of all the plot threads and new characters being introduced, and I wished at time that we got a little more time with and insight into Tony, Eva, and Scoot (three of the characters who stood out to me). They are all fairly loosely sketched, without deep personalities, and so they didn't come alive for me as they could have. In short, though, if you're interested in mob-related novels and satire, or exploring contemporary literary styles, you will probably really like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saira Viola has a knockout in her book Crack Apple and Pop. Hers is a unique voice and welcome breath of freshness in the world of new authors. A keen ear for dialogue and a command of realism dominate her writing. Viola’s style at times takes on the “disembodied poetics” of Kerouac while never losing its gritty, street-wise toughness. Her motley assortment of characters leaps off of the page, created in vivid word-portraits that funnel you through this fast-paced read.
AprilJDurham More than 1 year ago
I was given Crack Apple Pop as a gift. Wow! This book is absolutely amazing! It is not the predictable, cookie-cutter, formula-written best-seller that leaves you asking yourself half-way through "Haven't I already read this?" This book is a genuinely unique, down-and-dirty taste of the brutality and narcissism of the down-and-out, other-side-of-the-tracks, making-it-shaking-it, on the fringe of high-style lifestyle life. Saira Viola must be a poet at heart. The imagery in this book is astounding. With the most succinct, vivid words she paints a picture in your mind more precisely than I have read in any book over the past decade. Ms. Viola's style of writing is absolutely unique, but it is not something to shy away from reading. To me, her style is a combination of James Joyce, Charles Bukowski, Cormac McCarthy, and Neruda intermingled with Nietzsche and a side of Sartre. It is flowing, rhythmical, melodious, and feels like riding on a super-fast train flying through the scenes of (T) Tony's life. It's gruesome, crime-ridden, sexy, sleek, and downright awesome. This author has truly just niched herself a place in literary history. I truly foresee authors in years to come trying to emulate this brilliant woman's inventive style. It may not be main-stream right now, but it is certainly better written than any of the best sellers I have read in the last five years. Take my word, hang on to this one because one day it will be considered the masterpiece of the English language (including slang and all) that it truly is.
MascaraKate More than 1 year ago
This is a satire of its time . The writer really connects with the audience racism exists , class inequality exists , women get paid for selling their bedroom secrets , popstars are made everything is on sale including your soul if you want it you can get it all but what will you give . The most chilling aspect of this work is that this cultural attitude of rewarding bad deeds with money and fame is becoming normal . Where is our sense of shame where is our sense of morality how much will we sell for our 15 seconds of fame . Intelliegent and fascinating .