A Fan's Notes

A Fan's Notes

by Frederick Exley


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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: 352,698
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Frederick Exley is the author of A Fan’s Notes, Pages from a Cold Island, and Last Notes from Home. He was nominated for a National Book Award, was the recipient of the William Faulkner Award, received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award, and won a Playboy silver medal for the best nonfiction piece of 1974. He also received a Rockefeller Foundation grant, a Harper-Saxton Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Frederick Exley died in 1992.

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Fan's Notes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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.
eswnr on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Possibly the funniest book ever written. We're not only talking tragically funny, but literally laugh-out-loud hilarious, too. Along with High Fidelity I'd consider this one of the greatest insights into the male mind ever published.
shawnd on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is a boastful, fantastical pseudo-memoir, conceptually not unlike A Million Little Pieces. Although in A Fan's Notes the author is honest that it is not all true. In the book, an alcoholic erstwhile teacher bounces between sad sagas of work, love, friendship and family, interspersed with glorious and painful interludes of NY Giant football highlights. I found the book to be a much worse version of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano: make no mistake, this is not a book about football or being a fan. This is a book about the struggles of an alcoholic who happens to escape into obsessions of football. The writing is decent; but the author or protagonist is misogynistic. Gratuitous violence and sexual language pepper the text, not at all in a romantic or consensual way. Overall, I would not recommend this book--only a die-hard NY Giants fan with no greater sensibilities -- who thus could overlook the rest of the text -- should read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
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