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The Irrepressible Crank Wow, not only is your sense of humor and absurdity almost entirely non-existent, but you found it necessary to actually spoil the ending? Good work, citizen.


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Ryan Yes, thank you for your own wit. I have no sense of humor because this dumbass Portis wasted 240 pages writing about candy wrappers flying around in a car because said car has a hole in the floor and is being driven for no purpose... and I've already bored myself... I'm surprised you gave it 5 stars and am actually quite curious as to your reasons, but I realize that you are critical of my own review because of the 5-1 discrepancy. Let me just say, that of my 300 books on Goodreads this is one of only 2 or 3 total one-star reviews. I do have a darker, more satirical sense of humor, but I did not find one thing in this funny. I do, however, apologize for "ruining the ending." A) I didn't think that saying that nothing happens would really ruin anyone's experience, but B) I didn't really think anyone other than my 12 friends read these reviews(I'm not sure even THEY read these...). How many of these reviews of this book did you read in their entirety before reading the actual book? Why didn't you stop reading when you discovered I was criticizing plot?

Still... because you mention it:

Good Sense of Absurdity = Confederacy of Dunces, Any Vonnegut, Any Richard Russo, Any John Irving. Bad Sense of Absurdity = This.


The Irrepressible Crank I'm with you on the Confederacy and the Vonnegut, unfamiliar with Richard Russo's work, and less than enthused by most of Irving's stuff. Obviously different tastes make the world go round, blah blah blah, and you're entitled to yours. I didn't say you spoiled the ending for ME, did I? You should be aware, however, that what you post about a book is visible to any who are interested in that book, and spoilers can and do frequently suck.

Of course I am interested in anybody's opinion that so widely diverges from my own. I actually can't count the number of times that this book had me laughing ridiculously loudly and seemingly spontaneously. In truth, with no condescension at all (because none is necessary), I really feel quite sorry for you for your inability to find the worth in this work. Or, maybe I just feel really fortunate that I found some. Who knows?


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Lisa I have to say that I am one of the few people who didn't like this book at all and I enjoy a wide range of styles. I also loved the movie "True Grit" so I was actually looking forward to this book. At this time I will probably not pick up another Portis book...guess I should have started with True Grit.


The Irrepressible Crank Okay Lisa, let me know if you ever read Humpty Dumpty in Oakland, and if so, what you think of it!


message 6: by Josh (new)

Josh Confederacy of Dunces gets a nod from you, yet Dog of the South does not... I think you were agitated by your "chores"(?), and remained apoplectic for some reason.


message 7: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Not agitated BY the chores, but would RATHER go off and do them, as they were/are more fun than the agitation this book put me through... Still one of only three books I have ever rated one star, out of grand total of 356 books read: it earns that distinction.


message 8: by Josh (last edited Dec 13, 2012 06:38PM) (new)

Josh Ryan wrote: "Not agitated BY the chores, but would RATHER go off and do them, as they were/are more fun than the agitation this book put me through... Still one of only three books I have ever rated one star, o..."

Some books rub people the wrong way, while others (MANY others) LOVE it... this must find you in an exasperated state. Oh well, to each their own right?

I think you yourself, have earned a certain distinction, no? :)

Curious; a recent book that you do love... one that "stuck" so to speak. (Not looking for ammo here! Just curious.)


message 9: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Agreed. Humor -- especially in books -- hits people differently. I just finished Huck Finn and didn't really find it that "funny," for reasons too numerous to get into right now.

Recent books I love: Cloud Atlas, Mohawk by Richard Russo (and pretty much all Richard Russo) God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Vonnegut (and pretty much every Vonnegut), Handmaid's Tale and Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood, A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, and The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh have all moved me beyond belief this past year, to name a few.


message 10: by Brent (new)

Brent Dey For the record, the scene with the candy wrappers flying around in the back seat was one of the most hilarious in the book.

Sure, there is no plot, but with an inner monologue as rich and hilarious as Ray Midge's (and an exterior dialogue as funny as Dr. Remo Symes) we don't need a plot.

This is, bar none, the most hilarious book I've ever read. Sorry that you didn't get it.


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