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A downtown Baudelaire of the '90s: that's what New York poet Mark West used to be. Now, at thirty-one, locked in a perpetual adolescence, he's slipping. Even when he takes an artist-in-residence position at a small Oregon college, he finds himself still sleeping with strange women and seeking momentary oblivion in drugs. But when he returns to Manhattan with a new book ide ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 11th 1997 by Scribner (first published June 1st 1997)
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Patrick
Jan 20, 2008 Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: 2001
Pretty good Holden Caufield-in-his-mid-thirties kind of thing. Aging bad-boy who is still coasting on his one published book gets a job teaching at a small college and continues trying to live like he's 20.
Gene Wagendorf III
Sep 25, 2007 Gene Wagendorf III rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: A cynic looking for a good story
Shelves: fiction
Blake Nelson is standing one the line between good writer and good storyteller. His use of language is enough. Never over the top, never lacking, but at the same time, never spectacular. His strength lies in his ability to create believable and sympathetic characters (many times with utterly reprehensible qualities) and put them into engaging situations. The man is, for sure, a snotty little cynic, but it comes off with enough humor to work. Exile follows a struggling, drug abusing New York poet ...more
Paul Anson
Jul 29, 2008 Paul Anson rated it it was ok
man, i wanted to like this. I wish i hadn't read any reviews while i was reading. made all the stinging problems so much more glaring. if you're going to write about portland: please don't change the names of our landmarks. i don't get it. Satyricon by any other name is half as seedy.
Lee
Nov 26, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Exile was pretty different and a little wacky for me (at least at the moment). But I enjoy Blake Nelson's writing very much. I was put off by the main character at many points, but that was probably what Nelson was getting at. Glad to have read another one of his books. :)
Lesley
Nov 17, 2009 Lesley rated it it was ok
Interesting take on what "success" means in poetry (or the artistic life in general). In the middle I really hated the main character... but it was interesting enough to keep on to the end. Hysterical scene near the end depicting a radio interview.
Angela Aubergine
Feb 25, 2014 Angela Aubergine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
I love slipping into Blake Nelson's world. Short fast read. I've been reading his books for 20 years. It's always like going home with his books. His characters become my friends. bits an pieces of them will be with me for the rest of my life.
Kacie
Jul 28, 2011 Kacie added it
I was actually a big fan of this book. The whole drug-abusing, tortured artist thing really appeals to me for whatever reason. There were times when I really didn't like Mark, but mostly I did. I would probably read it again.
Amy P.
Apr 21, 2011 Amy P. rated it it was ok
He probably should have saved himself the time it took him to write this book. He's such an excellent writer that I don't feel this book really highlights his talent. However, if you are a Blake Nelson fan, it is worth reading.
Aaron
Oct 10, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
Another story about a tortured artist who sort of comes to find meaning in his life while doing a lot of drugs and having a bit of sex.
Jen
Dec 29, 2007 Jen rated it liked it
When I first read this book, I decided I didn't like it. But I've read it several more times and it's kinda grown on me.
Shaun
Dec 03, 2008 Shaun rated it really liked it
I like how dark this book is. Basically a slacker story of a guy who just can't get it together.
Jenn
Oct 05, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
This story is about an aging hipster in Portland. Yawn.
Joseph
Jan 17, 2010 Joseph rated it did not like it
Terrible.
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Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, Oregon. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine.

His first novel GIRL was originally serialized in SASSY magazine and was made into a film staring Selma Blaire and Portia De Rossi.

His novel PARANOID PARK won the prestigious International Grinzane Literary Award and was made into a film by Gus Van Sant.

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