Elroy Nights

Elroy Nights

by Frederick Barthelme


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ISBN-13: 9781582433196
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 09/06/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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Elroy Nights 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
misscuriosity More than 1 year ago
This book had no point, no denouement, no ANYTHING of any substance. I was very disappointed. Barthelme is a professor of writing, so I expected it to be decent. However, he just used the story to slam marriage and propogate his fantasy of college professors having sex with all of their attractive female students. The only thing remotely appropriate in this book was that it had a slow rambling pace, which is something you would expect for a story set in the deep south. I would recommend getting this one at the library if you really want to read it. I got it in the $3.99 bargain bin and it wasn't even worth that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Among the thousand other pleasures of this book is Barthelme's increasing willingness to let his characters reflect out loud, and in conversation with each other. In the early stories so much was under the surface--and what a lovely surface it was--but there's a forthcomingness added, here. It's becoming clear that F Barthelme's contribution is like nothing else in American fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barthelme is a quiet master, hidden from the lights of the more vapid literati. This novel is his finest, better even than the breathtaking 'Natural Selection' and the quirky and delicious 'Painted Desert.' It's the tight, precise, hearthbreaking language throughout this that sets it apart from anything else released in the past few years. Critics will likely note that Barthelme is trading on some of the same themes as past work - even as far back as the seminal story collection 'Moon Deluxe' - but the level of maturity and grace in ELROY NIGHTS outstrips anything else this graceful and important writer has accomplished in a storied career. The book's language shimmers, like a magically wrought poem. I can't imagine a better novel, or a better read.