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Kill Your Darlings

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Gregory Keays is a writer whose brilliant future is behind him. But when an extraordinary student enters his life, Gregory is offered one last, glorious chance to save his career. Soon, however, Gregorys Faustian pact with success unravels around him, and he must turn to darker, more duplicitous means to secure his fame. Set in the dangerous world where real life and ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 18th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2000)
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Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
there are few things in the world that annoy me more than a straight man's explanation of how women experience sex, and there's a lot of that in this book - like okay, i understood that the main character was supposed to be this frustrated author who's unhappy with his family life in literally the first two chapters, i didn't need the gratuitous explanation of how him and his wife's sex life and his loss of "control" over her (EW) parallels their marital decline. i hated gregory in general! i ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very meta story. It was all about writing, the harsh reality of writing non-fiction or teaching Creative Writing classes when you can't live off your fiction, writer's block, finding inspiration, publicity, envy and the resulting greed, style and the publishing process. Add to that very on point observations about human nature that made all of the characters feel completely realistic, and you have got yourself a good book. I liked the pacing and the internal and external struggles the ...more
Maura Heaphy Dutton
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very dark and very, very funny story of has-been (if he ever was) literary darling Gregory Keays -- a man who puts the added "unreliable" in your unreliable narrator. The less you know, the better you will enjoy it, but it might help to say a couple of things: Gregory is an APPALLING human being. Please don't let that put you off -- keep reading, there will come a moment when ... no, I can say no more.

My only other advice: if you have ever taught a creative writing class, or have been forced to
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it
A one hit wonder author plagiarizes a student's work to put himself back on the publishing A-List. That's the short summary. To include every thing else that is going on in the life and mind of the main character would give away a very funny and dark story.
ru ✧*:・.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
just saw someone say that the best thing about this book was the surprise ending. they were right.

have you ever read a book and thought, 'is this the character being sexist/misogynistic? or the author? difficult to tell in this case. here's an example of what i mean: '...jeans that were too tight and a t-shirt which cruelly mocked her lack of womanliness.' with male authors it's difficult to tell if they've made a conscious decision to make the character an asshole towards women, or whether the
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
The surprise ending was the only good thing about this book.
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Ramsden
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gives Lit Biz the kicking it deserves, especially the strange cult around Martin Amis. Funny, knowing and thought provoking, as always with Blacker.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible and pretentious. 10/10 would NOT recommend. To put things in perspective, this is only the third book / series out of the hundreds of books I have read in my life that I just have not been able to finish.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
The movie was better.
Geoffrey Fox
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Witty satire of the intense, incestuous little literary world. The narrator (of all but the last few pages) is Gregory Keays, a writer so desperate for recognition he will commit any crime to get it. He sprinkles his text with the useless literary trivia often found in magazines for would-be authors, including the Faulkner quote "Kill your darlings" and "Five Great Authors with Physical Oddities: 1. Ben Jonson weighed nearly 20 stone. ..." Keays bête noire, and no doubt the main model for this ...more
Tina Wilkins
This book is hilarious, dark and a tremendous read, punctuated with brilliant and funny literary lists. I consider it a masterpiece, one if my favorite reads ever. For those who are just "meh" about it, you obviously weren't paying attention.
Quite hilarious.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
I thought I would like this better than I did, but it has its moments.
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Terence Blacker wanted to be a jockey when he grew and up. In fact, he could ride before he could walk, and his childhood hero was the great steeplechaser Mill House (a horse). He lives in Norfolk, England.

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