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Hallucinatory and erotic, Shirker, the first novel to be published in the United States by New Zealander Chad Taylor, is a terrifying exploration of violent and sexually charged obsessions, as powerful and mystifying in its way as was William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel, and as original and fresh as Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, two of the novels to which it will undo ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Walker & Company (first published March 7th 2000)
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Jerl Louk
Oct 31, 2007 Jerl Louk rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Someone with NO imagination
The storyline is pretty good, but the book is packed with WAY TOO MANY DETAILS!!! Just pick a page, any page, and read it and you'll see what I mean... the author never fails to overwhelm you with details and it gets pretty irritating, and makes what otherwise would have been a really fun and interesting book, really boring.

When he writes dialogue and the details take a back seat for a bit, the author really shows off his writing ability and the pages soar by... so even with the vast details it’
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Chad Taylor is the author of the novels Departure Lounge, Electric, Shirker, Heaven and Pack of Lies. He was awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 2001 and the Auckland University Literary Fellowship in 2003. Heaven was made into a feature film by Miramax, and his novels and short stories have been translated into several languages. His most recent novel is The Church of John Coltrane.
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