The Whole

The Whole

by John Reed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe, out of the 200 pages, 10 could be edited out. But funny. Does anyone know PG Wodehouse? This is more of the American catastrophe. Not the English one. I guess the blonds always get it in literature, but they do have fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Thing that's really interesting about the book is the structural mockery of media culture. It is basically structured like a reality tv show, but then it slides into the American fantasy of fame and fortune, which is not reality, and totally disturbing. Also, totally seductive. I thought Thing, the lead character, was the kind of girl a lot of guys would die/kill for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd read Reed's previous novel, Snowball's Chance, and picked this one up for a trip. I never quite got around to it, and then finally read it when I should have been studying for a final. (I should also be studying right now.) Interesting pace, and very funny. It gets faster and faster and faster, and then eventually explodes into a fireball of nothing. Not what you'd expect. Reed is constantly surprising. Is it true he's a few people? Makes sense, I guess.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thing was selected for certain symmetrical assets that caught the bulging lusty eyes of MTV executives at a beach party. Surprisingly she hits it off with the viewing public and becomes a correspondent though she has the intelligence of a burned out light bulb. She is promoted as blond bimbo candy based on her garb unable to contain her twin peaks. However, seemingly even faster than Thing becomes a superstar, she becomes yesterday¿s fad....................... As Thing plays chutes and ladders with fame, a Midwestern boy Bobby Peterson digs a hole that expands until his and his family and their house fall through the chasm. Thing begins to research the phenomena which she feels will bring her salvation. However, clues take on a strange journey through a land of mysticism highlighted in remote sign posts like Vegas and Roswell..................... This is a strange tale that satirizes media coverage (to include a parody of John Reed) as being filled with sound and fury but signifying nothing more than an MTV video. Readers will feel for Thing, who is treated with disdain for having a boob size bigger than her IQ and enjoy the irony of the weird, but fun story line. Obviously most readers will not give Mr. Reed¿s tale a SNOWBALL¿S CHANCE, but fans who enjoy a trip into a modern day looking glass led by a Black Rabbit and a Thing, though lacking in the wits and puns of Alice¿s holey escapade, will want to escape into the WHOLE tale................................ Harriet Klausner