The Motel Life
With "echoes of Of Mice and Men" (The Bookseller, UK), The Motel Life explores the frustrations and failed dreams of two Nevada brothers — on the run after a hit-and-run accident — who, forgotten by society, and short on luck and hope, desperately cling to the edge of modern life.
The story of two down on their luck brothers as they deal with one of them doing something stupid.
It's a series of melancholy episodes, one brother seemingly mentally challenged, the other a nice but angry guy.
I can't really recommended this in any way. I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't such a quick read combined with the fact I didn't have another book for my trip to and from work.
They don't want to go to foster care so they decided to fly under the ra ...more
The book captures the atmosphere of Reno beautifully. Fans of Bukowski will really enjoy this book, not only for its down-and-out characters, but the overall tone that explores the thin line between hope and desperation.
While for some this may be a little thin, I found the simplicity of the story and its depth more than ...more
A: You get your house back, you get your girl back, and your dog comes back to life.
The two brothers Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan are losers in every sense of the word. They lost their parents when they were young, they've lost their chances at making something of themselves, they lost their house, Frank lost his girlfriend and Jerry Lee lost his leg; now they're stuck in Reno, surviving from day to day in any way they can, drinkin ...more
Frank narrates, and tells many stories, but chiefly about his brother Jerry Lee and their months after an accident. Both dropped out of school early after the death of their mother. They both have talent though, Jerry Lee as an artist, and Frank as a storyteller.
There is subtle black humour throughout and their road trip and motel life is made more compelling by the Reno backdrop.
The characters that pass through the bro ...more
Don't mistake though, this novel was authentic. You never got the sense the author was rubbing your face in it, or winking at you. It was bleak and beautiful and one hell ...more
The Motel Life is a beautifully, yet simply narrated tale about the ties and bonds that are formed in brotherhood, with a true and honest outlook on life. Written with a great attention to detail, the story follows two brothers on the run as we discover their bleak yet warming past ...more
But that doesn’t mean these books lack ener ...more
I liked this book, but DAMN! it is depressing. I like that the book portrays th ...more
2 adolescent, semi-orphaned, boys get caught up in a hit and run and muddle their way through the aftermath.
the structure of the story was interesting, one of the brothers told elaborate, and sometimes hilarious in their ridiculousness, stories to people in times of stress to calm things. Which i'm sure if you were into it, you could over analyze it and talk about how that might speak to the ...more
But it just could not make it. Also, although I know it's just a character, I had a hard time swallowing the unabashed and unchanged view of the protagonist toward sex workers.
It's so short, even though it's supposedly 200 pages, it's almost a novella. (Spacing and type size.) Also, I don't understand why it's in British formatting, but being sold in the US.
I'd probably read another book by the author, as ...more
Published in the US, several European and Asian countries, Vlautin's first book ...more