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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Conceptually unique, hilarious, and frightening, a: A Novel is the perfect literary manifestation of Andy Warhol's sensibility. In the late sixties, Warhol set out to turn a trade book into a piece of pop art, and the result was this astonishing account of the artists, superstars, addicts, and freaks who made up the Factory milieu. Created from audiotapes recorded in and a ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 17th 1998 by Grove Press (first published November 12th 1979)
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May 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
This sounded as though it might be interesting, but it turned out to be sort of unreadable. Andy just said "Hey, let's tape record everybody and then have someone type it." That's a good way to document a scene, but not exactly a stellar way to write a novel.

It did make me almost late for work when I was reading it in the's the sort of book you end up jumping all around in, because it's so homogenously gossipy, bitchy,'s about Ondine more than it is about Drella (Andy)...and
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Written by my cousin Robert Olivo who was one of Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground Superstars, Ondine. Robby was a stutterer, an alcoholic and drug addict. He wrote the book and Andy put his name on it. What people will do for drugs!
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very patient people
This is a tough nut to read, and I never would recommend starting with this as an introduction to Warhol's writing products. Basically it's typed-down (by various people, including schoolgirls) document of a-heads talking rubbish and doing things - and not always written down perfectly. Not something you want to re-read very often, especially if you can't concentrate much, but it's an experience for sure.
Mar 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: patient artsy people
Shelves: done
So this book is pretty fun. Not acutally fun to read, but fun in the way it was made. Andy had all these tape-recorded conversations of him with people on some amount of days (like 4, I think) and he hired a bunch of girls to sit at typewriters and listen and transcribe them. It's really fun to see it came out all jibberishly and random. (File under my weird fascination with typing thingies.)
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The thing with Andy Warhol is that you can never quite tell if you're being tricked. This is 24 hours of conversation recorded in New York in 1966 and 1968, most of it taking place at The Factory and surrounds, including restaurants and taxicabs, and all of it transcribed quickly and badly with many spelling errors. Most of it revolves around Ondine, the actor and supermodel, who is completely off his head on amphetamines for most of the time and is constantly bumping into friends, listening to ...more
Nov 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
Transcribing interesting people having conversations isn't as entertaining as you think it would be.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I rarely never finish a book, but couldn't read past page 168 of this book that Andy Warhol calls a novel. Yet I still feel compelled to write a review. While Warhol may identify this voluminous text as a novel, I won't waste space explaining why none of it fits any of the basic structure of a novel. Instead, I view this as just another one of his passively provocative art projects. Like those 24 hour films of the Empire State Building, this is a recording in text of many consecutive hours of hi ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Review originally written in may 2005

a a novel By Andy Warhol
Well I've spent most of this year wading through
this so called novel by Warhol. This is a book
that is a concept far ahead of its time as the
basic premise of taping 24 hours in the life of
Ondine and his A-head pals and then transcribing
it as a novel is pretty much the reality tv
concept as novel. the fact that the book is
unedited non spell checked and a complete mess
in terms of narrative etc only re-enforces the
reality tv conce
Scott Holstad
Apr 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
While this book sounded interesting when I bought it, it turned out to be the most insipid book I've ever read or seen. It's truly terrible. Whoever told Andy Warhol he could write did America a grave disservice. This isn't even a real novel! It's tape recorded conversations Warhol had typed up by high school girls and saved complete with misspellings and all. And it's all dialogue, most of it one sided, so you rarely know who's saying what. That's if you can get past all the gay sex and drug us ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok

Conversations between drug-addicts and gay men was interesting for about twenty pages, and then it just became unreadable and unbearable. Also, it might be helpful to read the index in the back BEFORE you read the book, because it gave background on the characters that would have been helpful to know. Like that one of the characters is actually Andy Warhol himself.
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes drugs and incoherence (the finer things in life)!
Recommended to Patrick by: Recycled Books
This book solidifies my opinion that Andy Warhol's 'friends' were totally f*ed up. Beyond that, it is an extremely interesting, albeit unadulerated, portrail of an infamous social group. Kind of a Warhol painting in text form, if you will. It is a little hard to read at first, though. I suppose that is the way Candy Andy wanted it.
Dana Jerman
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
An experiment worth finding the single-line gems in. I'll probably pick this up and read pieces of it again, but its the kind of document you might go for when you don't feel like paying attention to what you're reading.
Feb 02, 2017 added it
a 3 page summary of how this books was made would be infinitely more interesting than the book itself. the only real joy or art in this is in the personality that comes through the various transcribers.
Jul 25, 2007 rated it liked it
A bit eccentric with conversation-ish writings. Fun but I would rather enjoy his art or films. Good collectible and reference though.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is fucking terrible; I couldn't even get through 100 pages. There's no plot, just random people saying random things. This just reaffirmed my belief that Andy Warhol was a jackass.
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Could not even get past page 40...
Nov 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
One question.

Couldn't even get by the first 30 pages.

Great book for home decor though.
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Rosalind Grush
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Andrew Warhola, better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist and a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, an avant-garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author, and a public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street ...more
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