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The Pint Man by Steve Rushin
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Mar 23, 2010

really liked it
Read in March, 2010

A very funny yet poignant book whose author is a great artist of wordplay.

The main character, Rodney, finds comfort in a local bar that shelters him from the reality of being in his 30's without a job, spouse nor the slightest hint of a desirable future. Rodney is further challenged to reflect upon his station in life, as his drinking-buddy and best friend Keith is leaving town to be wed.

Through very clever manipulation and juxtaposition of the English language, Rodney finds himself coming-of-age through simultaneous waxing and waning relationships.

"To say that Rodney went there religiously was not just a figure of speech, for Boyle's resembled a church even at noon, when no one was yet kneeling in the Gents, asking God for His mercy."

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