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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  345 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Reissued to coincide with the publication of Geek Love.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 31st 1971)
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Oct 14, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like boring books
Shelves: fiction
I thought this book was going to be super-good. I read Geek Love and I was all, "THIS BOOK IS SUPER GOOD!" so I went to Powell's and I got me a copy of Truck, which I paid six hard-earned dollars for.
This book is not worth six dollars.
This book is crap.
I am sorry, Katherine Dunn, I'm sure you didn't mean to make it crap, and it was very brave of you to write almost the whole thing in one paragraph with no page breaks, and also to go jumping around all over the damn plot at random, and
Really easy to read with the whole lack of structure train of thought thing. Did she or didn't she, I've read it twice and still don't know. DOn't like the way they crunched that in at the end, might have been better without it.
Painfully beautiful story of coming of age. That statement doesn't do the book justice, but I don't want to say too much. By the same author as Geek Love and she does not dissapoint.
Grotesque description of characters...brilliant writer. Takes a while to get into.
made me dream about eating a whole chocolate cake
Cheryl Klein
A gritty stream-of-consciousness narrative of a teenage runaway, this novel reminded me more of Lynda Barry's Cruddy or Cynthia Kadohata's Floating World than Dunn's own Geek Love (which I loved). The narrator, Dutch, is one of those tomboy straight girls who seemed to occupy all the books of my youth (where are the femmey queer girls?! But I'm getting off track here). She has kind parents but feels suffocated by her small Oregon town in a way she doesn't quite understand, so she plots to truck ...more
Serena J
I had a very hard time with the writing style of this book. It follows in a very scattered way, a teenage runaway, an odd child. I couldn't tell if the writer was trying to show us that the scattered teenager had so many thoughts through her mind, that you were SUPPOSED to feel that scattered feeling, but it was just irritating.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I know Katherine Dunn is a good writer, and I loved her style in Geek Love, but this was not like that. The writing was
Molly Gove
Oct 10, 2007 Molly Gove rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like cruddy and/or housekeeping
i read this book a long time ago. it was written 9 or 12 years before geek love and you wouldn't guess they were both written by katherine dunn.

it's a sort of hard-scrabble tom-boy coming of age story. i think is shares themes with cruddy, housekeeping and foxfire, but definitely has it's own specific insights. i especially remember being really touched by the theme of food and what the trashy kid was eating all the time (coffee, twinkies, general crap) and then, through a series of plot twists,
Darn - after Geek Love I had such high hopes for this book.... It is a story of a runaway teen, and the teen angst is wonderfully captured but the book is hard to read because she insisted on writing it in unfinished sentences (to capture "train of thought") I found that interfered with my enjoyment as I had to re-read things in order to understand them. Plus it is a harsh story. Don't read it - there are too many other great books out there.
her writing style is very choppy with impossibly short sentences. she gives little to no setting in the beginning. took awhile to figure out what was going on, who these people were, where they were, which characters am i supposed to care about, etc.

it is about a runaway girl; it reads like a travelogue. is either juvenile fiction that deals with adult topics or a mature adult novel written like a juvenile.

cannot recommend it.
Andrew Farr
This was a lot of stream of consciousness. The first bit of this book seems to flash back and forth in time and is very confusing. There are also a few paragraphs that go on for between 15-20 pages long, which become difficult to digest.

I read this because I love Geek Love, but it was a VERY different voice. It makes me want to read her last book.
I really wanted to like this book. Reading it felt like a chore. The book is more or less one long never ending paragraph. Half the time I had no Idea what was going on. I fell asleep reading it a few times. It made me laugh though. It's not without its funny moments. Don't read it if you're expecting to get that geek love feeling back. It won't happen.
I remember I time when I would finish a book even if I didn't like it. That time has passed and it passed because of this book.

Her sentence structure and sense of time is all screwy in this one. Normally I don't mind that but in this case I seriously couldn't follow along. Perhaps it is a failing in me. But I couldn't finish this book.
I really loved Geek Love and was so excited about this book, but it didn't hold my interest. Sentence and paragraph structure were too long making it difficult to engage. Sadly I admit I couldn't finish this book- maybe I will try again when I have more patience.
I read this book in one sitting. It's my "On The Road". Just a long disjointed narrative, constantly propelling me forward. But I'm betting there would have been no way I would have found it enjoyable if I hadn't jumped on the ride and not slept until it was over.
Kelly Dvorak
Rambling, intense stream of conscious that draws a compelling, raw story out of the tradition of "teens gone wild" movies and pulp fiction from the 60s
Alana Chazan
while geek love is one of my all-time fave books, i was excited to read another dunn novel. it was terrible. could't even finish it.
Aug 18, 2010 Patrick rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My worst enemy
This is not in the same vein as Geek Love at all. What a disappointment! This book is great if you need to get some sleep.
It took me a little while to get used to the way this book was written. But once I did, I thought it was a good read.
It is hard to believe that this book is from the same hand that wrote Geek love
Katherine Dunn's Geek Love was brilliant but this was a severe disappointment.
Kinda weird but I don't remember the story ever amounting to much.
Michelle Andersen
I found this depressing and not as imaginative as Geek Love.
Oct 08, 2007 Laura marked it as to-read
OMG - the ever wonderful Zach got me a copy of this!!
pretty good. funny.
Vienna X
Sep 13, 2007 Vienna X rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Runaways
A fantastic rambling rant.
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Katherine Dunn is best known for her beloved novel "Geek Love," which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1989. She is also the author of the novels "Attic" (1970) and "Truck" (1971). A fourth novel, entitled "The Cut Man," has been in-progress for decades and is finally scheduled for a September 2008 release.

Dunn is also known as a prolific sports journalist in the field of boxing, and
More about Katherine Dunn...
Geek Love Attic One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing Why Do Men Have Nipples? and Other Low-Life Answers to Real-Life Questions Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook

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