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The Failure is a picaresque novel set in Los Angeles about two guys who conceive and badly execute a plan to rob a Korean check-cashing store in order to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridiculous Internet application.

"James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and sh
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Akashic Books
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Matthew
Jun 03, 2010 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Here's a review.
Jason Pettus
Apr 20, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

It's funny that I should read James Greer's The Failure, the latest by the always great Akashic Books, the same week I saw Steven Soderbergh's "lost" 1999 classic The Limey, because they turn out to be eerily similar in both concept and tone; namely, they are both at their hearts fairly standard noir tale
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Jim
Jun 07, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared in The Fanzine

SUCCESS IS NOT AN OPTION

"Guy Forget––careening across Larkin Heights in a stolen Mini Cooper––suffused with bloodlust and baring a grin full of teeth, failed to hear the polyphonic belling of his cell phone."

The opening sentence of James Greer’s neo-noir, The Failure, published in March of this year by Akashic Books, is crammed with information. There’s the protagonist with the Paul Auster-esque name, both pulp-sounding and ontologically loaded; the
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Kate
Aug 31, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those that like books that read like movies
Recommended to Kate by: Patrick Wensink
Shelves: signed-by-author
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Lori
May 10, 2012 Lori rated it liked it
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Listened 4/2/12 - 4/12/12
3 Stars - Recommended to fans of funny bank-heists-gone-wrong / Not as an intro to audiobooks
Audio download (approx 3.5 hrs)
Publisher: Iambik Audio / Akashic Books


First, I feel I should apologize for allowing nearly a month to pass without posting my review of James Greer's The Failure. I've been trying to decide if it was the book or the narrator that left me feeling sort of 'meh' about the whole thing, and didn't want to review it until I was sure which w
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Elizabeth
Feb 10, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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Patrick Wensink
Apr 12, 2010 Patrick Wensink rated it really liked it
A guy tries robbing a check cashing store in order to fund an internet marketing prototype. Along the way there is a lot of double crossage, beautiful writing and fun.

I personally enjoyed this more than Artificial Light, which I really liked.
Ben
Dec 14, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing
Charging. Absurdist. And fun.

More - http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/2011/12...
Dan
Sep 10, 2010 Dan rated it liked it
maybe 3.5 stars. It was creative and kinda funny, but not much to it. Started strong but ended weakly.
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Jun 24, 2010 Tuck rated it really liked it
the antidote to sam lypsyte
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