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Hanger Stout, Awake!

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Clyde Stout is a high school graduate in a small Ohio town; he loves tinkering with cars and dreaming about his girlfriend. He has interests and aspirations, but no definite goals. He is coasting….until he discovers he has a new talent: the ability to hang from a metal bar longer than anybody! Others start calling him “Hanger,” and an out-of-town stranger, trying to help t ...more
ebook, 1st , 150 pages
Published March 2012 by Personville Press (first published 1967)
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Jan Strnad
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hanger Stout, Awake! is a novella (approximately 150 pages) about a young man living in a small Ohio town, coming of age as he faces the draft and impending manhood.

Clyde Stout is an easy-going, car-infatuated eighteen-year-old with no particular drive but to keep doing what he's been doing: working at the gas station, drinking milk shakes, and maybe painting racing stripes on his 1956 Chevy. In short, he's hanging.

Turns out he has a talent for hanging, on a very literal level. A promoter discov
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hanger Stout, Awake! arrived to my library hold shelf after I’d lost all recollection of what had called it to my attention. It was written in 1967, and was my first exposure to Jack Matthews. Superficially, it doesn’t seem like my kind of book at all. Clyde Stout, who involuntarily assumes the nickname Hanger, is really into cars, to the point where it’s hard for him to have a conversation that doesn’t involve them. The novel is written in his own words, and his syntax is sometimes a bit tortur ...more
David
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every time I read something by Matthews, I get something a little bit different. It's always well done, but very little of his fiction that I've seen bears too much resemblance to the rest. He does have quite a range. This was an interesting one. I loved the voice. It was engaging and very consistent. It isn't the most dramatic thing I've read by Matthews, but that really wouldn't fit the character well anyway. In short, I enjoyed reading.
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Jack Matthews was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and former professor. He published 7 novels, 7 collections of short stories, a novella, and
8 volumes of essays. He was an avid book collector, and many of his book finds served as a basis for his essays and the historical topics he explored in his fiction. His 1972 novel The Charisma Campaigns was nominated for the National Book
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