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The Failure

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Akashic Books
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. 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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"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
Aug 31, 2010 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those that like books that read like movies
Recommended to Kate by: Patrick Wensink
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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
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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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Patrick Wensink
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.
Charging. Absurdist. And fun.

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maybe 3.5 stars. It was creative and kinda funny, but not much to it. Started strong but ended weakly.
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