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NNNNN: A Novel

3.01  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The hero of Carl Reiner's nutty and wonderful novel, Nat Noland, is hard at work on his fifth book, his own version of Genesis, concentrating on the relationship between Cain and Abel. While investigating their relationship, he starts to investigate his relationship with himself. His doting wife, Glennie, gets worried when she hears him having a loud, heated discussion whi ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 13th 2006 by Simon Schuster (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jul 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
Like many of my sedentary compatriots, my after-school hours growing up were spent sitting in front of decade old sitcom reruns. McHale's Navy was big and Hogan's Heroes was must-see. But few if any of my friends stuck around for the Dick Van Dyke Show. In addition to somehow being immune to the affects of a certain Capri pant-wearer, my friends obviously lacked the sophistication needed to appreciate the talents of show creator and head writer Carl Reiner. But I didn't - by third grade I had Re ...more
Mark Cofta
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Carl Reiner's passing prompted me to look for some of his novels. NNNNN is the first I've read. True to his film and TV work, it's a warmhearted and humorous story about a writer who seeks therapy because he can't stop talking to himself out loud, in public. His encounter with a woman whose office is opposite the therapist's leads to adventure. Not a literary classic, but an involving and pleasant read from one of America's great humorists. ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio version with Carl Reiner reading his story. Mr. Reiner has a rare gift for the humor with the sounds of words and names. Add to that, he sacrilegious and very funny take on genesis and you real have two very amusing stories in one book. I have to admit the plot of Nat's story was difficult to swallow, but Mr. gift for sounds and absurd images the humor in the story really carrried me right past the plot. I would recommend this to anyone who does take their bible too serio ...more
Caitlin Batstone
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
What a weird-ass book!! Funny and bizarre. I hate Larry King. "Good jeans trump bad genes" is the WORST title for a book ever. Thus ends my collection of thoughts on NNNNN.

Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was mildly pleasant to listen to, though not very memorable. The main character, Nat, is an author trying to write his version of Genesis. His habit of talking (and arguing) with himself becomes more pronounced and he seeks help. His psychiatrist suggests trying to find his birth parents and Nat learns the unbelievable circumstances of his birth and adoption. While there is nothing horribly wrong with this book, there is also not much to recommend it.
Apr 01, 2020 added it
A fun, engaging read. Well-crafted plot with echoes of Woody Allen and Kurt Vonnegut, but with it's own distinctive flavor. ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
What a fun, silly, completely different book!
If you like Carl Reiner (and who doesn't), this is worth the quick read. Something light and quirky and a break from the real world...
Sarah Sammis
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, pc
NNNNN by Carl Reiner is a short piece of metafiction that in audio form, is read by the author. My friend Ken, who also got me addicted to audio books, and chick lit, loaned me his copy.

Ned Nolan is working on his fifth book. As a good luck charm, he always titles his books in progress with an N. As this is his fifth one and he's stuck for a working title, he just types out five Ns.

As the book is metafiction, it draws attention to the methods behind the story telling. Part of that meta-ness is f
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This book begins with Nat Noland, author, beginning what he hopes will be his next novel - an interesting albeit different take on the story of Cain. Now Nat has a strange habit. He discusses things. Out loud. With himself. In different voices. Oh, yes, he is totally unaware he's doing it. So with a little push from his wife Glennie, Nat begins seeing Dr. Frucht hoping to shed some light on his nutsiness. When the doctor asks about his past Nat is totally forthcoming though he doesn't mention th ...more
Only from the mind of Carl Reiner would this novel be possible...and good!

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The hero of Carl Reiner's nutty and wonderful novel, Nat Noland, is hard at work on his fifth book, his own version of Genesis, concentrating on the relationship between Cain and Abel. While investigating their relationship, he starts to investigate his relationship with himself. His doting wife, Glennie, gets worried when she hears him having a loud, heated discussion while he's alone in the basement. B
May 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
It's not bad, very enjoyable and surprising in its developments, but just like Gene Wilder's writing, it seems to be spun out of pure whimsy and cleverness like cotton candy, with no meat in it.

This is not (necessarily) a bad thing, and is many peoples' cup of tea, but those kind of books don't linger on my palette, which is something that I want out of a book. I want a book that leaves bruises; even if it's a comedy, I want it to have vivid memorable shit in it.

If I had never read Wider's books
Sep 13, 2008 rated it liked it
The tale of a man who talks to himself out loud and answers himself back in a different voice. He decides to see a psychatrist to help break this behavior and, in the course of doing so, finds out he is a triplet separated at birth. This novel borders on the edge of bizarre though it did keep me interested and entertained to the end. I must say, though, that there is a lot of graphic sex in it that was a bit much for my tastes.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Linda by: ChCPL 4-27-09
Shelves: audio, chcpl
A writer, troubled that he talks to himself without realizing he says things aloud, seeks counseling. The counselor recognizes him - but calls him by another name. Through his counseling, the writer decides to investigate his adoption. He locates the agency which handled his adoption and subsequently meets his birth father and a twin and other family. Told succinctly and humorously in typical Reiner fashion.
P.A. Pursley
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: okay
I truly enjoy shows that Carl Reiner has done. I picked up this book because he is the author. It was a good book. It wasn't exceptional. It had its funny moments and its surprises but overall it was okay. It was not life changing but short enough that I didn't feel like I wasted my life.

If you like Carl Reiner and interesting characters that get on your nerves occasionally...this book is for you.
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about Carl Reiner except...I love this man?

He's so talented, and then to discover a book like

When it first started, I wasn't entirely sure what was going on. But boy...did I get sucked in. I read it faster than usual (which is saying something), and finished both pleased and stunned.

I hear he's working on a new book...if it's true, I'll be pre-ordering.
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who can read
Recommended to Tim by: curiosity
Two words can pretty much sum it up for these five letters. Carl Reiner. Okay, I'll use a few more: Subtle, wise, weird, but in some perverted way, "normal" as if that exists. I don't care what sort of literature you prefer, you'll enjoy reading this ... ah ... I'm not exactly sure where to categorize it. ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
Love little book. The main character is having increasingly vocal discussions with his inner voice, that are no longer just in his head. He pursues answers as to why they are becoming less controllable. The loving relationships described in this book lead the reader to believe Carl Reiner and his wife must have had a very special marriage. A quick but worthwhile book.
DeAnna Rigney
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was short and silly, and seemed like a retro sitcom (not surprising given the author.) The humor seemed a little old-fashioned and passé, and at one point Larry King was mentioned as a “great interviewer” (perhaps it should have been named ????, but whatever.) I listened to the audio version and my favorite part was an interview with Carl Reiner at the end.
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Slightly ridiculous, sometimes funny, always quirky, this is the story of an author who titles his novels with the letter N. Currently he's working on his fifth novel, titled NNNNN. He talks aloud to himself which is often a problem, so he goes to a psychiatrist to work on that and ultimately finds the truth about himself. This might actually be a 2.5 book...possibly a 3 depending on my mood. ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
Carl Reiner - personal hero as fellow straight man (in the comic sense). DIrector of a couple of my favorite comedies. Not really a novelist. The man's in his 80's. I should just be glad he's still got it together. ...more
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Wonderful, just a great book! Carl Reiner is a class act. So funny, perfectly put together no wasted time and funny (oh, I already said that!) Listening to it was great with Carl narrating it, truely an enjoyable book - do you get my point yet????
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I bought this book at the dollar store when I was waiting for AAA and was desperate for something to read. Considering the price, it wasn't bad! The main character was goofy and the plot was totally unbelievable, but it was a pleasant enough way to pass a few metro rides. ...more
Jun 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable. A bit on the silly side as one would expect from the author.

This book would be the perfect airplane read in that it is engaging and entertaining without being in the least bit demanding.

Beware of spoiler in "Brandi" review
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The dialogue makes this an enjoyable book and one you can't stop reading. He starts out seeing a doctor for a problem and the story quickly unfolds with him in search of an ever unfolding story that will have you wanting to call in sick from work so you can finish the book. ...more
Cindy Schofer
Jan 14, 2008 rated it liked it
This audio tape was entertaining but a bit far-fetched!
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Super fun read! Pretty short...I read it in a day. Carl Reiner is the old guy in Oceans 11 and 12.
Brandi Zwiener
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Aug 01, 2009 rated it liked it
A very strange book but enjoyable.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More fun for a road trip ... very funny!
Cece Baez
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved the story......especially the part of the book of Genesis.....interesting "human" look into Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel....A true man's perspective......Like it.....Must read this book. ...more
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Carl Reiner was an American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian. He has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career. He has the distinction of being the only person to appear on all five incarnations of The Tonight Show. He is best known for his work in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen. ...more

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