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Lummox: The Evolution of a Man

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In the slapstick tradition of A Confederacy of Dunces comes Lummox -- part farce, part treatise on what it mean to be a man in America, part true-life tale of a twenty-something man stumbling through the Reagan years, all of it funny in a way that will warm your heart.

The lummox is Mike Magnuson, your friendly neighborhood big guy with a foul mouth, a spare tire around his
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Harper (first published February 1st 2002)
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Peter Mcloughlin
Dec 16, 2013 Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it
Mike Magnuson is a Lummox a big burly guy who likes guy things. He is extremely smart but there is not escaping the fact no matter how smart you are if you are trapped in a Lummox body and are resigned or even embrace your fate you will always remain a lummox. You will like to drink beer, fart out loud, chase skirts, enjoy NASCAR, Football and Fishing and always be viewed by others as an oaf.
Magnuson tells in this memoir of his early twenties living in an abandoned school in his hometown playi
Bob Wake
Mar 05, 2013 Bob Wake rated it really liked it
[Reviewed in 2002]

Don’t be misled by the cover to Mike Magnuson’s disarming memoir about growing up in Wisconsin, Lummox: The Evolution of a Man. The dust jacket photo of Magnuson’s ample gut in a snug shirt and his beefy hand clutching a bottle of Miller’s might lead readers to expect a goofy knockoff of Drew Carey’s Dirty Jokes and Beer. To be sure, there’s no shortage of dirty jokes and beer in the pages of Lummox. But make no mistake: this is a literate and soulful memoir by a talented write
Doug Haynes
Oct 28, 2014 Doug Haynes rated it it was amazing
The only thing I can say bad about this book is that it took some getting used to the fact that it was written in the third person; something I usually find horribly pretentious and annoying but managed to be endearing in this case.

Mike Magnuson manages to really tap into the heart and soul of so many men out there who get dismissed because of what they are on the surface. I know, because I am not unlike Mike Magnuson, what it is like to get judged as a doof because of my love of cheap, yellow,
Gil Bradshaw
Jun 18, 2010 Gil Bradshaw rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome: but totally rated R.

I think that Mike Magnuson is one of the best autobiographers that I have ever read. And I often read autobiographical novels. For my senior capstone course in undergrad, I read Also, I think Mike Magnuson's problem is the lack of an audience. He caters to a man's man, a guy who drinks pitchers of beer on weekends and watches sports on Sundays. That limits his audience. Take Sedaris, he's a gay world traveler who lives in New York City. He caters to a ve
Jan 22, 2008 Bob rated it did not like it
I love independent bookstores, and my wife, who has a masters degree in education in the area of reading, has taught me to love autographed books because that means that the author has actually handled the book that you own. So a couple of years ago I was in Oxford, Mississippi for a conference at Ole Miss. I spent most every evening in one of the best bookstoree I have ever visited, Square Books. Square Books has a healthy number of authors visit to sign books and to give readings. So why did I ...more
Sep 26, 2010 Kelley rated it really liked it
I read Lummox after falling pearls over pumps for Magnuson in Heft on Wheels. The transition was difficult. I was used to reading Magnuson writing in the first person, so reading another memoir, only one written in the third-person, took some getting used to. Especially since I was hungry for first-person Magnuson. Once I got over that obstacle, the book was pretty funny, with Magnuson getting into truly fine form about halfway through, building up to an ending that is yet another beginning. Tha ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
A hidden treasure of mistakes, vulnerability and humanity.
Katy Brandes
Aug 31, 2011 Katy Brandes rated it really liked it
I heard the author on NPR's "Whadda ya Know" and immediately checked this book out from the library. It's quite an interesting slice of a ne'er do well lummox. I found this to be very entertaining. You'll be surprised at some of the stuff he did. Wow.
Aug 12, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing
In celebration of real men. fuck the metrosexual. women want real men. lummoxes: lazy, dirty, selfish, shameless. "Lummox is the theory; lummox is the pratice."
Tom K
Aug 12, 2008 Tom K rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lummoxes
One of my favorite books published in the last several years.

I'm really surprised this author isn;t more well known than he is.
Aug 26, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it
if i were a dude and completely void of self control (i am slightly), this would represent my late teenage years.
Dec 20, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, crap
A wholly unlikeable main character doing wholly unlikeable things. Could. Not. Relate.
Bonnie Campbell
Love this book. Heartbreaking story of lummox coping in modern society.
Jan 21, 2008 Andrew added it
I let you know the 'star' rating when I finish. Expect a review in 2009.
Fictional memoir, takes place in WI. Very interesting read.
Jul 09, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. Heartbreaking. One of my favorite books ever!
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it did not like it
I could not get interested in this book.
Dec 07, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious and insightful
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