Gentleman Of Leisure

Gentleman Of Leisure

by Dan Neiwert

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ISBN-13: 9781424104123
Publisher: Publish America
Publication date: 05/15/2006
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Gentleman Of Leisure 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while a story comes along that needs to be written, this book captures one of them in a very unique and charming way. I read this novel in one sitting, and cannot recommend it enough! Set in New Jersey, this story begins in the late 1990s, and depicts the life of a young man named Donny who attempts to find his place in the world. In an effort to belong Donny falls into a group of guys and quickly finds himself in a world full of sex, drugs, pain, laughter, and one surprise after the next. In his search for love he discovers that sometimes the past dictates the future, no matter how much repentance is involved. Neiwert¿s approach to writing is insightful, original, fresh, honest, and humorous. Each turn of the page is full of emotion, tears turned into laughter and I could not help but find myself immersed in his world, where self-discovery is deep enough to dive into. I simply cannot wait for Volume Two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Dan's blog and wanted to get his book. Was a great read. Very enjoyable. The Rakim character is quite funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best example of poor writing that money can - but shouldn't - buy! this 'author' has trouble with the english language. this amateurish effort is stilted, unsophisticated, unsubtle and meandering. run-on sentences and sentence fragments abound along with mixed metaphor, indistinct and misplaced verb tenses, and an overall sophmoric word choice indicative of either a bad education or, more likely, no education at all. don't waste good money on this man of leisure. the world needs ditch diggers too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being an avid reader of Dan's blogs I was excited to read his book. And at no point whatseover was I let down. This is a great book based on true events. I no sooner finished the book and wished that there was much more to read. I want more. Take the time to read this, it is definitely worth your while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Y'know, I might have been willing to look at this book if I had seen it in a bookstore. However, it was advertised to me (and a list of other people) via a spam e-mail. Now, I WON'T buy this piss-poor book because I'm aggravated by the sender's invasion of my inbox!
Guest More than 1 year ago
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Debauchery at it's Best!, June 23, 2006 Reviewer: Victoria Nygaard (Santa Rosa, CA United States) - See all my reviews Neiwert has captured a different slice of America in this funny, dramatic novel, based on a true story. This book takes you to another world filled with unsavory, raucous, and tender characters. Anger, hurt, love, humor, loneliness and pain are all laid bare. His writing style is as robust, vivid, full of feeling, and forthright as the raw emotions that is life. It will have you sobbing, laughing, angry, frustrated, and hopeful. Neiwert's eye is keen for detail: the inside of a deli the flat, gray New Jersey winter an out-of-control Super Bowl party the grind of living day to day--all come alive in his book. At its core, this is an examination of a friendship. The writing has a ferocity and a narrative drive that is full of unexpected heart from characters who don't seem to have one. The effect is vivid, splashy, mesmerizing. Gentleman of Leisure has stinging authenticity that never quits. The ending leaves you with the craving for more....
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read, full of Dan's unique personality and refreshing humor. If you're a fan of Dan's blogs, you'll love this book. Hell, even if you've never heard of Dan, you'll love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sent an email from a friend of mine from a yahoo group about this book, and because he recommended Gentleman of Leisure Vol.1 I bought it, and read it almost as soon as it arrived. The first thing I have to say about this is that as an African American male, I was thrilled to see someone actually tell a story that had some flavor in it. Normally, when I read a novel where one of the main characters is black, he/or she, is portrayed either as a subservient sideman who is there only for token purposes, or some thugged out, sterotypical criminal who can't be trusted and always turns out to be the heavy. The Rakim character, who is African American, comes off as being a strong minded individual who keeps it real while at the same time isn't afraid to learn from his mistakes. The language is rough to take at times, but that's how it is sometimes in real life. The writing was pretty good, as each chapter blends into the next very fluidly and with suspense and drama. There are some funny moments in the novel, but for the most part, I enjoyed this for the social symbolism, and the Donny/Rakim characters' personal struggles. I not only highly recommend this book to everybody reading this, but I feel that this should be required reading for any African American male between the ages of 18-35. Pure and simple.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rakim and Donny characters are two-dimensional and have nothing to offer except childish accounts of their exaggerated sexual prowess. I don't care what race they are. The story has nothing to tell about personal growth or real relationships between human beings. If you like locker room humor, demeaning accounts about women giving oral sex and being tag-teamed by drunken idiots, where their only worth lies is sleeping with members of the 'crew' and having big breasts, then this story is for you. If you are an intelligent and self-respecting woman or a man, don't waste your money. You can read the author's childish blogs to appreciate the shallowness of his writing. --Kate, Eugene, OR
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money. There are a lot more funnier books out there. Read J.D. Salinger or Kurt Vonnegut instead. This book is not funny, poorly written and edited, and degrading to most self-respecting women. No wonder it was published by PublishAmerica. They accept most manuscripts regardless of quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, I think this book portrayed the wild side that many of us have gone through. It's great for anyone who has ever been through a stage in their life that they like to party, because they can relate to the characters in the book, and the things that they go through. It's also great for the readers who haven't been quite so adventurous, because they can live vicariously through the characters. I found it to be action packed, and I never knew what would happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from a friend. If you like self-indulgent adolescent accounts about guys trying to get laid, this book is for you. Not for a serious literature lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Gentleman of Leisure, Volume One to be an excellent read. It is a story about growing up and facing everyday pressures that kids go through today. The author wrote the book as if he was sitting in front of you telling you the story. From the first chapter it pulled you into his world and made you care about each character that was introduced. As the story goes on you can feel and relate to the situations that Donny was going through. All in all, I would and will recommend this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got done finishing this book, and I must say I aboslutely enjoyed every minute of it. I really connected to this story, as if looking into my own past and reliving some of my own memories. True, the stories in this book are different from my own, but the author definately has a way to reach out to you and make you feel as though you are part of the story...part of the 'crew'. This book had every emotion in it, I laughed, I was sad, I felt fear, and I was happy...and shocked at the ending! I'm not going to give it away...but definately worth the time to find out for yourself!!