Spooner

Spooner

by Pete Dexter
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Spooner 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
RegencyReader More than 1 year ago
Warren Spooner from the moment of his birth chased himself trying to figure out where he belonged and what purpose he had in life. His twin brother born moments before him was still born - a fact his mother never could overcome. His biological father died before he had a chance to know who he was and his mother remarried soon enough for him realize he missed having a father. He grew up confused, misguided at times and seriously messed up for years and found that he enjoyed some petty thievery. But still he survived it all and lived through a number of trials by fire some of which involved literal fires. He grew up, moved around, lived through poverty, divorce and some terrible bosses at major newspapers until he found his voice in the one manner of living he never expected - writing. In a perpetual state of motion it took a woman to slow him down and show him how to be a husband, father and later in life care taker of the man who was for all intent and purposes his father. He fought some battles and won some wars but never walked away unscathed. All this from someone that no one thought would live past 20 - just goes to show that if it doesn't sink you might have to help it a little. He made friends, moved about the country and never traveled an easy road or took a job that was a great fit; he made things fit him not the other way around. This book while not an easy read is a good read on a number of levels. It makes you think about this character as he evolves from one personality, question why you like him and what is the motivation for wanting him to succeed. What the reader has to always remember is that we are all an accumulation of our life experiences and that some nurturing is required to help overcome that which has the potential to make us full out crazy. Always remember you have to pop a hole in the container to get it to sink!
JNJN More than 1 year ago
SPOONER is a beautiful book. Once I got further into the characters I was so touched with the connection between people who understand that they try and play by the rules, but could also just throw it all out the window because of the absurdity they see in some situations. Pete Dexter has a wonderful & twisted sense of humor and some of the events are hilarious - but he also does a grea job at connecting the dots between humans who do there best, but fitting in to life doesn't come easily or naturally. The more I read this book the more touching I found it. I highly recommend it.
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Why do reviewers feel they need to divulge so many plot details? A review does not give away information that a reader should experience by himself. You guys who feel you must write gushing summaries need to realize the purpose of the review.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
On December 6 1953, after two plus days in labor, the woman gives birth to twins. The handsome newborn is dead on arrival while the uglier one named Warren Spooner survived. The mother prefers her deceased child over her breathing offspring. On the same day Congressman Rudolph Toebox dies too. His funeral is held at sea led by US Naval Commander Calmer Ottosson. Soon afterward Ottosson leaves the military and marries Spooner's mom. This leaves Warren with superstar step-siblings while his talent is to anger folks who fume for hours after brief encounters. Spooner actually finds he has a talent as a baseball pitcher, but an elbow injury aborted his career. He lands a reporter's job where he is universally loathed. Eventually with a bad cloud hanging over his head, he flees to Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington State. at the same that bad luck is Spooner's only mojo his stepfather becomes a successful principal. This is a humorous satire that lampoons sacred societal icons as nothing seems to go right for Spooner in his relationship with others starting with his birth and the death of his twin, and the success of his stepfather while the title character constantly fails. Although the dark graveyard jocularity at times overwhelms the cohesiveness of the story line, Peter Dexter provides his audience with a deep character study through a dirty lens that spoofs the American dream as a nightmare. Harriet Klausner
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TerryBattles More than 1 year ago
Spooner. One of those characters that constantly has you shaking your head and wondering, "Why?" At the same time, a character worth caring about - one worth the reader's time in getting to know. Spooner is just one of many eccentric characters that populate his world. No matter how outrageous the situation or the people, it all rings true. Life is like that sometimes, isn't it? Central to it all is Spooner's relationship with his stepfather Calmer. Despite the chaos of it all, Calmer displays the patience of Job. In the end there is an unspoken understanding, a quiet love that wins the day. The book itself possesses a mix of humor and pathos that keeps it all in perspective. This was one of the best books I read in 2009. Excellent, energetic, and engaging writing by Dexter makes this a winner.
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