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Trophy: A Novel

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Vada Prickett is a 29-year-old Hose Associate at a car wash in South Carolina, and Darla, the woman he loves, is about to marry his friend, rival, and life-long neighbor, Wyatt Yancey. Vada has “spent his life waiting for the thing to get a proper start.” But it will never get that start, for Vada, as this wildly original novel opens, is being crushed to death by Wyatt’s l ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 4th 2011 by Triquarterly
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H R Koelling
I REALLY wanted to love this book. And, although to some extant I enjoyed reading it, I can't give it more than two stars.

I guess the allure and praise this book receives stems from its unconventional presentation.* It's like a later Palahniuk novel, and I don't worship at the church of Chuck. Oddly, I kept thinking this book had similarities to Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," and I kept waiting for a five word chapter stating something as odd as "My mother is a fish." That said, the chapter titles
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Ryan
This started out a 3-star, but redeemed itself a bit. Still probably just a 3.5-star for me. Griffith seemed to be trying to be "too cute" with his writing throughout, which was disappointing given how much I liked Bibliophilia. The guy knows how to write, but it was like he was trying too hard here.
Michael
I like the book but the choppy narration and the short chapters make it hard to get into the characters and makes this reader feel like he's got ADD. There's a staccato quality to the writing that tests one's patience in bending the paragraphs into coherence at times
Rob Weeks
The choppy narration detracted from the story: such as it was. I didn't care much for the protaganist, either. Either it was not very good, or I simply missed the point: both equally possible.
E. Mo
Awesome! A friend recommended this, and it was a surprise, as I'd never heard of Griffith before. Funny and, though I wasn't expecting this until midway through, weirdly touching. Read it in one day.
Aaron
Hilarious, but with an undercurrent of tragedy that grows stronger as you go through and remember just where it always told you it was headed. I can't think of a book quite like it.
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