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The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. I

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The supreme introduction to the neurosis of Noah Cicero, "The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. I" contains the early masterpieces by the greatest minimalist writer ever to hail from Youngstown, Ohio. Collecting Noah Cicero's most acclaimed and popular works, this volume includes the short novels "The Human War" (soon to be a major motion picture), "The Doomed," "The Con ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Lazy Fascist Press
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I like this book a lot. Too much. Feel like it may be the book i have seemed to have 'most related' to (most related to/identified with as in, consistently. As in, more than just certain lines/paragraphs/few pages) that I have ever read. That is probably not a good thing. That is probably a slightly scary thing to admit. It is actually not bad or scary, but just IS...

I am not good at writing 'reviews.' I normally do not review books.

My favorite short story is 'The Doomed.' It reminded me heavil
Read 8/14/14 - 8/20/14
3 Stars - Recommended to fans of minimalist fiction, unsanitary fucking, and Denny's (yup, the restaurant)
Pages: 218
Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press
Released: 2013

I'm a total Noah Cicero nube. To be honest, it's been awhile since I've been introduced to an author this late into their writing career, especially in the small press arena. So, when these situations present themselves, I'd like to think that if I'm going to read some dude's work for the first time, reading the older
Michael Seidlinger
Comprised of Noah's early work, including The Human War, The Condemned, and Burning Babies, this volume engages with the general depressive, neurotic, and/or misanthropic qualities populating the grittier edges of our lives. As always, Noah Cicero's work is highly relatable and honest and with Volume 1, we are seeing how his prose started out in short, near-stanzas, only to go on to an organic format seen in Best Behavior and his forthcoming "Go to work and do your job. Care for your children. P ...more
Peter Tieryas
I reviewed this book at Rain Taxi.

"The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. I assembles eight of Noah Cicero’s earliest works as parables for the American nightmare, vomiting out truths that bask in bawdy flashes of lust. Much of the prose fluctuates between long sequences that are stream of consciousness in visceral bursts and caustic dialogue that is raw, pulpy, and disturbingly authentic."
Matt Margo
I live in the Youngstown area, where the majority of Noah Cicero's fiction is set, and I never thought of myself as white trash until I read The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. I.
Edward Rathke
This is my first read of Noah Cicero, and I suppose it's a good place to start since it contains so much of his early work. I dig it, generally. I have issues with a lot of it, too, but I think, overall, it's a pretty solid book. Sometimes the political message seems weak or flat to me, and the emotions can be so distant that it's hard to really feel the characters.

Super readable, though, and typically quite interesting, despite what you think about the characters or their actions.

Like a lot of others here this is the first time I have read Noah Cicero so going in I had no idea what to expect. This is a collection of short stories and novellas so unlike other author anthologies this covers a wide body of material and serves as a great intro to what I'm discovering is a talented writer.

The Human war is a political novella against the war in Iraq but it doesn't ask you to be antiwar, instead your getting a characters beliefs about war and religion. The power in this novel
Andrew Stone
Before reading the first volume of Noah Cicero's collected works, I have never read him before. After reading the first few stories, The Human War, I Clean in Silence, and The Doomed, I wanted to put the book down. I didn't understand the hype surrounding Cicero. I admit, I enjoyed portions of The Doomed, but overall, I did not enjoy the story. His work seemed too telling. He just said his opinions like they were facts and did it in a pretty boring manner. However, I did enjoy the next two short ...more
This volume collects early and unpublished shorter works by Cicero. While I normally recommend Cicero's work to anyone, this early work is a bit more distilled, raw. If you've read the other novels and liked them, you'll find more excellent work here. If you didn't like them, then this book isn't for you.
Standouts are, of course, The Human War (I was so excited when I heard they were making it into a film--I can't wait to see it), and The Condemned. The other works are interesting pieces, for s
Alex K.
Searing, very candid look at the stories of individuals who could be described as inhabiting the American wasteland. A little too nihilistic for my taste, but a talented writer.
"Humans aren't hard to figure out. The problem is, you have to admit you are one of them to do so." (161)

If you like Noah Cicero, you may also like Alissa Nutting.
Ben Arzate
Noah Cicero knows how to boil a sentence down to its bare essence for maximum impact. His stories are funny, cruel, insightful, and just a joy to read. I highly recommend you pick up Collected Works. It is well worth a read.

La mejor manera de introducirse en la literatura huesuda de Noah Cicero, y a seis euros en Amazon. Corran a por él si es que no lo han leído ya.
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