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Friction

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  83 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Life in Manchester is sexy and stinking. Hold your breath. Justin wants a sex life, not a sex death. Rebecca has breasts but doesn't understand them. She needs to talk to Dostoevsky about erections, hairy armpits and firing squads. Life is difficult. Steve wants cash so he can enjoy his trendy body. He wants Carly too, but she just wants a never-ending orgasm. Johnny wants ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2008 by Vintage
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Boredlaura
Mar 26, 2008 Boredlaura rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008, fiction
Brief notes:

- Very Bret Easton Ellis / Anthony Burgess in its conception, but Easton Ellis / Burgess would have distilled the six slightly fucked-up characters down into two really fucked-up characters. As it stands, Friction's characters do still have some slightly likable characterists.

- Still can't decide if the ending (the very end, not the "end") is a work of genius or a total cop-out - it treads a very fine line.

- It is as funny, filthy and ferocious as the reviews would have you believe.
Michelle Major
Sep 11, 2011 Michelle Major rated it it was amazing
The best, new writer of sentences this century. Plot weaknesses but incredible style.
S.E. Berrow
Well, one thing is for sure... I am simply envious of Joe Stretch's writing abilities, his disgustingly accurate metaphors, his frank and clinical descriptions, his seamless syntax. All I wanted to do the whole way through reading this book was just cry at how beautifully it was written; an altogether strange experience considering that the subject matter is so ugly and the content so obtrusive. Stretch's forceful, physical descriptions of the most mundane acts and objects conveys imagery so bri ...more
Edma Rita
...accetta con riluttanza, solo per dovere...accetta perché oggigiorno declinare gli inviti è una forma di automutilazione. IL SOCIALE E' TUTTO. Colin sospetta che quando è lontano dagli sguardi vitrei degli altri, non esiste. E non esistere è doloroso.

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Intanto armeggia con il cellulare. Non riconosce quasi nessuno dei nomi della rubrica: Andy, Ankam, Ben. Sono i nomi di persone con le quali non è riuscito a restare in contatto, fallimenti in ordine alfabetico.

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Justin è convinto che si possa ama
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Graham Whatley
Aug 10, 2011 Graham Whatley rated it it was ok
A great first novel. A collision of Martin Amis, Chuck Palahniuk, J.G Ballard, & Bret Easton Ellis. Don't read if you are weak of stomach, or on public transport, unless you don't mind your fellow passengers reading chapter headings like 'The Curious Wanker' or 'Super Slut'. Already working on the follow up, which is great to know when you've discovered a very promising talent. And he's only 26! The bastard!!
Mark Nunn
Jan 13, 2011 Mark Nunn rated it liked it
This book manages to be intriguing and compelling as well as slightly uncomfortable. Very well written and brilliantly documents the descent into depravity of all the main characters.
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