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People Tell Me Things

2.55 of 5 stars 2.55  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
David Finkle's first-person tales are full of the hilarity, envy, ambition, confusion, chatter and solitude of life in Manhattan.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Nthposition Press
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This collection isn't bad; it just isn't great. I described this to a friend as a Sex and the City, featuring a gay man and the arts scene rather than fashion. I suppose that's not a wholly apt comparison, as there's no sex or dating shenanigans; mostly, it's artsy name dropping and the silliness of pretentious Manhattanites. The opening story, 'Hey, that's me up there on the printed page!' is about a man desperate to be memorialized in fiction, poetry, or theater, and he's disappointed at how h ...more
Grady
Quiet Ruminations From a Gifted Writer

Let's start with David Finkle whose entertaining volume of conversations and imaginings make up the content of his debut novel PEOPLE TELL ME THINGS. David Finkle wants to be the subject of a novel or novella or even a dissertation on an interesting person - a concept he works into a story that opens this book. But knowing his background should prove that he already IS a person of interest worthy of becoming even the main character of a fiction novel: David
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
David Finkle knows how to make a character come alive. In each of the stories within this book, Finkle writes of people that you could have known or would want to know. It's so realistic and while in some cases realism can be sort of overrated but Finkle turns it into something fantastic.

Although all of the stories are good, there were definitely two that stood out to me. One is about a man who believes that he meets Rembrandt (yes, the painter). It sort of had a magical realism feel to it, whic
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Sara Strand
Here's what I absolutely loved about the book: I think I would fit in with David and his friends. A lot of them reminded me of people I knew in my own life and I absolutely loved that. I often find myself being that person in the middle of things and hearing every side and then having to keep it all straight in my head. I would by lying if I said I didn't write things down just so I could keep it all straight. It's a precarious position to be in sometimes.

What I didn't love... is that while I u
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Mythili
This book felt like a long plane ride next to a talkative seatmate who is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is (despite having had a relatively interesting life). I felt sorry for the author. I think I'd probably like him in real life, where his coy name-droppy Manhattantricity would just seem kind of cluelessly charming. On the page it was very grating.
Alfa-betty
I loved this book. Got really involved with the narrator. Don't want to spoil it, but he really wanted something and then when he got it.... Terrific observations of people.
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