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Looking for Mo

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A "fresh, funny first novel" "(San Francisco Chronicle)," "Looking For Mo" has garnered rave reviews from critics and readers alike, echoing the success of Daniel Duane's previous book, "Caught Inside." This time Duane combines the thrill of adventure writing "a la" Jon Krakauer with a sly satire of pop culture comparable to Douglas Coupland's "Generation X," and folds the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Washington Square Press (first published June 1998)
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Nov 09, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it
Shelves: male-friendship
Ray Connelly failed in his attempt on El Capitan, Yosemite's forbidding sheer rock face, letting down his friend Mo. He is in even more trouble with his friend having "borrowed" the many stories Mo has told him, written a book of them and their climbing adventures together and tried to get it published. Mo is not happy.

Can he repair the rift in their friendship, what hopes of his future as a writer if he must abandon his cherished book, and has he finally found love in the form of Fiona, and how
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Jul 29, 2016 Richard Kravitz rated it liked it
I remember this story being kind of weird, like about stealing someone else's stories.
Jun 13, 2014 Charlie rated it really liked it
Great book for those that have hiked or climbed the sierras.
Nov 13, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok
Soooo 1998, and reflecting the emotional maturity of an early twenty-something. Squirmily uncomfortable like listening to an overly-earnest person who is searching for their purpose in life and is not yet able to see the fun/contradictions/amusements in the search itself. Seriously, is it actually possible to read about someone else's trip at a Dead concert without gagging?

The climb part itself was the least contrived, if you can make it to that part of the book. Makes me want to go back to Yos
May 19, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
Feeling a little let down, now that I finished it. Was waiting for something epic to happen, but was only left to keep waiting. It did had a few good life lessons and lines towards the end, but felt like there could have been more. Maybe it's just me...and something about having "Most of all, I envied the water on the priest's pale, bony fingers" as the last sentence in the book bewilders me.
Nevertheless, makes me want to find my calling in life and strive towards happiness, not in Mo's shadow.
Jun 17, 2012 TK421 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary

Mountain metaphor...perhaps every book is about conquering a mountain


Makes the reader think about love of self and others and physical objects and all the meandering thoughts in each of our cavernous minds.

Pseudo philosophy and religion...drags the story...story recovers
Jul 07, 2011 Chrissie rated it liked it
I love a good climbing novel. This one was pretty good. A quick read. I read most of it while doing laundry.

It started out really well, but then bogged down in cliched kinda zen philosophy and quasi-Kerouac-ish-ness (totally a word) towards the end.
May 15, 2011 Dobber rated it liked it
I positively loved Duane's Caught Inside, about surfing. This was a good read but not a great one. I prefer his nonfiction accounts of surfing and mountain climbing; he has a marvelous narrative style.
Philippe Bishop
Sep 19, 2007 Philippe Bishop rated it really liked it
great story, but not quite as good as Caught Inside.
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Feb 22, 2010 Andrea Young rated it it was amazing
I admire Dan's writing immensely.
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