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Tennis Handsome

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Spinning the raucous tale of four restless sons of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Hannah introduces the reader to a pretty-boy international tennis star, his devoted manager, his gay coach, and a shell-shocked but sane Vietnam vet. Their adventures include rape by a walrus, murder by crossbow, and a tennis tournament played at gunpoint. Hannah's inventiveness sparkles and his pro ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Lsu Press (first published 1983)
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j. ergo
The man said, "It's still the land of the free, Weeda. You still got the freedom to scare trash out of your neighborhood. Besides, they come in here and left a entire Lincoln behind. Didn't even care enough to take their car home. That type of waste, that type of unresponsibility, that's why it's people like that who are rotten and people like us who get to show them."

This was enough for Levaster. He let fly with both barrels, and for once it wasn't him that was the one who fainted.

the man is de
Jan 19, 2010 Ilyas added it
oddly enough i can't get enough of midlife crisis existential angst of middle aged white guys...go figure.
Dom Zuccone
Jul 14, 2010 Dom Zuccone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
An entertaining blend of K.O'Toole and Hunter Thompson, and it has tennis.
Mar 11, 2012 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hannah
This will be the 1st from Hannah for me, used hardcover, not this one shown, black background...mine has a white background, a "net" in the foreground, title and author, "a novel by"...on the jacket comparisons to Flannery O'Connor, this apparently is Hannah's 5th "and easily most startling book to date..." Pubbed 1983.

1st Chapter is subtitled: Return to Return.

Story begins:

Dr. Levaster drove the Lincoln. It was rusty and the valves stuck. On the rear floorboard two rainpools sloshed, disturbi
Sep 06, 2014 Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Once more, with originality, poise and an absurd sense of humor that couldn't be more tailor-made for me, Hannah has warped my brain. The characters in this book have insatiable appetites for life, they chew through every page. The narrative is disjointed and unstable. The whole thing feels volatile and wrong and I wouldn't want it any other way. My hat to Hannah once again.
Erik Wyse
A modern myth of lust, grace, folly, and the controlling powers therein.
Mike Polizzi
May 08, 2013 Mike Polizzi rated it really liked it
Whatever substances spurred this ecstatic, pellmell novel of the enchantments of athletic grace in the midst of superior debauchery, dissolution, and midlife collapse, seem secondary to the exacting demon of Hannah's deep gifts. He sees the full fleshy mess of late 20th century America and swims right through it. Reminded me of Thomas McGuane's Bushwhacked Piano, only with more beats per minute and recklessness. Offensive, vulgar, hilarious, electrifying and ultimately tender.
Bill Householder
1st chapter is story “Return to Return” from Airships, 2nd chapter is “Midnight and I’m Not Famous Yet,” also from Airships, both reworked. Not bad overall, but just okay at the same time. Felt like a fix-up, which it sort of was with the use of those two stories, but seemed to meander too much.
Nov 08, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it
Nicely overwritten. Ever spend an evening when events, drink, place, & chemistry all came together & everyone was wittier than they really are. Here's a book full of that. Thos. McGuane's jacket blurb, "...a fable of sport and lust, written in a kind of moon-landing English. B. Hannah is living proof that Stagger Lee goes on stalking the South, still armed, still dangerous"
Jun 18, 2009 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You should probably read this. I love Barry Hannah, and this book just rushes at you with awesome metaphors, unforgettable characters, electrocution, Vietnam, walrus sex, human sex, aunt sex, oh and also tennis and one very handsome man.
Aug 06, 2007 Wade rated it really liked it
Not for people that immediately discount a book that has a woman raped by a walrus. Similar to Flannery O'Connor, if you've read a lot of the author's short stories you might recognize some of them in his/her novel.
Andi Agnew
Oct 05, 2010 Andi Agnew rated it liked it
I didn't like this as much as Geronimo Rex, but it was still pretty damn good. Like Rex, it got better as it went on. All the tennis talk lost me a bit, but otherwise it was a fun read.
Charles White
May 09, 2010 Charles White rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Stunning book and one of the most original novels you'll ever pick up. It's amazing the way Hannah's language and characters veer from the absurd to the sublime.
Dec 31, 2007 Jonathan rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fun. Interesting cultural modern writing. Point of view is unique.
Jun 08, 2012 Crystal added it
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My love for this book is irrational. Read Barry Hannah!
Jan 14, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
Hannah's fourth novel, published in 1983.
Oct 04, 2010 Kingklam rated it it was amazing
A game changer.
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Barry Hannah was an American novelist and short story writer from Mississippi. He was the author of eight novels and five short story collections. He worked with notable American editors and publishers such as Gordon Lish, Seymour Lawrence, and Morgan Entrekin. His work was published in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, and a host of American magazines and quarterl ...more
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