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The Bewildered

3.2  ·  Rating details ·  91 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
In Portland, Orgeon, three high school friends?Leon, Chris and Kayla?spend their time skateboarding studying foreign languages and classical music, and plotting a shared future that will avoid the superficiality they witness in the adult world around them. There is only one adult they admire, whom they suspect might hold secrets worth knowing. Natalie lives alone in a decr ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by MacAdam/Cage (first published 2005)
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Aug 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Didn't even finish it. Seemed like it might be cool, but then turned into hipster garbage with no foreseeable (sp) plot unwinding to become interesting later on that keeps going and typing more and etc.
Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, peter-rock
I read this book because I liked Rock's latest book. In "My Abandonment" reference was made to a bald woman and bald child in an electrical housing unit. In an interview, Rock refers to this woman and child as characters typical of those from "The Bewildered". I wanted to know who these people were so, of course, I had to read the book. Again, it was difficult to put the book down because I wanted to know where the book was going. The book was predominantly make believe and was like a spin simil ...more
Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the city of Portland seems to be the main character in this book, for that it was mildly amusing having lived there, but too much of the story is framed around this city that would isolate the majority of other readers who aren't familiar with the area. This element of presumption and disregard (another example....characters dialoguing in foreign languages that the reader not versed in Japanese can't understand) for the reader is a turn-off. The rest of the story and it's characters seemed under ...more
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
I wish I could give this book 2.5 stars instead of just two. It shouldn't be three stars though. The novel takes place in Portland although there's no compelling reason for the setting. At first it read more like a young adult novel and it probably should have been...not in a bad just sounded like it might appeal to a younger audience. The main characters are 15 years old, and the adults are dramatized as if from the kids' perspectives. The book is about electricity and I would say to r ...more
Nate Hendrix
Oct 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read My Abandonment by Rock and enjoyed it so I went back are tried to read his older stuff. I have been cosistently dissapointed. This book is about three kids and a strange woman and some weirdness. Nearly all of his books has been weird, but not in a way that I enjoy. He is a popular author so there must be a lot of people that "get" his stuff. Not me, I give up I will not be reading any more of his stuff.
Siiri Sampson
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
I have been reading this book off and on for a couple years now...I think the way the story lines skip around makes it harder for me to read....anyway the plot is actually great, so maybe I'll attempt to finish it soon!
Kathy Gilbert
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I like this author's books. Set in the city I grew up in. It's the almost believable characters he comes up with that intrigue me, will be reading others of his. I read that some of his characters overlap, should be fun.
This was a odd little book. I liked the concept (people be altered by electric shock and becoming electricity junkies essentially) but the execution of the story fell short.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a creepy lil' book... very intriguing but not fully developed. I wanted more character development and a better ending. I'd recommend it only because its just so darn weird !
Angela Garcia
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the way that I can hear these people talking and see the mini movie in my head as I read!! Great prose!! Tantalizing story that will keep you on your toes!!
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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shit - I don't know how I feel.
perhaps I was electrocuted via text..

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A Utah-native, Peter Rock attended Deep Springs College in California's High Desert. He earned his BA in English from Yale University and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared widely. H ...more
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