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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Richard House's startling debut, Bruiser, is a spare yet lyrical love story about people who can't fall in love. "Supple, deep, perfectly regulated, full of high, shy intelligence and cool, sweet wit, Bruiser is an amazing novel". -- Dennis Cooper
Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Serpent's Tail (first published April 1st 1997)
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Paul, a lonely English man staying in Chicago escaping his family and work, but not without financial resources, meets Adrian a young waiter. Adrian is about seventeen years old, Paul is old enough to be his father, but Adrian soon moves in with Paul in his hotel as they slip into an easy relationship together. We gradually learn that Adrian, a keen amateur boxer, is also escaping his past. The two men begin planning a trip to South America together, and eventually when they have completed all t ...more
Eric Anderson
This novel begins with a rather disorientating sequence where a car hits an animal and the driver flees. Is this really happening? Is it a nightmare? A story the narrator is composing? This ambiguity sets the tone for a novel that is quite dream-like following the affair between a forty-something Englishman named Paul staying in a hotel in Chicago and a barely-legal boxer/waiter named Adrian. After hooking up it becomes clear the two have been circling around each other for a short time. Told en ...more
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It's hard to rate this book. In a way it's beautiful and something that I really enjoyed reading but it had some unpleasant moments that left me feeling strange. And I have no idea what I thought about the ending.
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Richard House is an author, film maker, artist and university lecturer. As well as the digital-first novel The Kills, he has written two previous novels (Bruiser and Uninvited), which were published by Serpent’s Tail in the 1990s. He is a member of the Chicago-based collaborative Haha. He is the editor of a digi
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