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The Ink Truck

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 3rd 1985 by Penguin Books
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Thomas Ray
Main character is not likeable, is horrid to his wife.

It sort of parodies a worker strike, having the striking reporters negotiate with the paper about who pays for renting cummerbunds when reporters cover fancy functions.

Writing is reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut in its disjointedness; narrator admires James Joyce.

Jan 20, 2009 Trent added it
I couldn't get into this at all. It's incredibly arch, perhaps because it's Kennedy's first book, written when he was an angry young man. A major disappointment, since I'd never read him before; obviously, I should have picked another of his novels to start with.
I described this book to my husband as "crack for the eyes." Kennedy is incredibly surreal, and often very coarse. I think I would've enjoyed the book more if I'd been expecting that, but as it stands, I'm not overly thrilled.
As I told my wife (who has so far only read this, of Kennedy's books), don't let this soil your opinion of William Kennedy. I agree with the other reviewers who said they just couldn't connect with it.
It's ok if you like this type of frenetic early 1900s style. I tried it and found I just can't connect with the content -- I find the style very offputting and annoying.
This was almost as good as Ironweed. Full of Kennedy's rich dense language.
As always, Kennedy's language carries the book.
see prvious reviews of Kennedy
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William Joseph Kennedy is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany, New York. Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish-American Phelan family, and make use of incidents of Albany's history and the supernatural. Kennedy's works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978), Ironweed (1983, winner of 1984 Pulitze ...more
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