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A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley
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Mar 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: first-vintage-contemporaries, chicago, 5stars
Read from March 06 to 18, 2011

The themes of this semi-autobiographical novel, which takes place in the 50's, include the absurdity of consumer/commericial America, success and failure, and obsession. A mixture of egoism and self-deprecation and self-realization, this is written as a man looking back on his youth (mainly his twenties) and relating his experiences in all their humiliating and/or poignant and regretable glory. Yes, it's a little misogynistic in just a few parts but the writing is so excellent. He is a genius at drawing characters, he gets at the range of human emotion and experience and he's hilarious.

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