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Let Nothing You Dismay

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
" of the funniest writers around."--The New Yorker

Tad Leary has problems. Just fired from his job at a Manhattan private school, about to be evicted from his sublet, and stalled on his dissertation ("Social Hierarchies of Imaginary Places"), he wakes up on the Sunday before Christmas to realize he has seven parties to attend.

A trooper in jeans and a pressed
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 7th 1999 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Jun 20, 2007 rated it did not like it
The first few pages and last couple of pages of this book were the best part. It's the pity that everything in between had to ruin it.

The sort of contrary, lost-conflictedness of the main character came through quite strongly-- surprisingly strongly that I felt an intense level of resonance with. Thinking, much as I did with Kamikaze Girls, that I might find a character that would really be like ME. A ME from a male point of view.

Unfortunately I was disappointed as the character wandered from o
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you are looking for a novel to read for the Christmas season, I highly recommend this one. It is totally off the wall, hilarious, but also quite moving. The hapless protagonist of the novel, having lost his job, begins stumbling through a series of holiday parties, starting with one on Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve. Each party is loonier than the last, culminating in an almost dreamlike sequence that ties together all the various threads in the book. Very funny but very moving, I loved the bo ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book I re-read at the holidays. It's an engaging little story of one man's goings-on several days before Christmas. It's charming, emotional, and very amusing. A family gathering, a one-man show, a crashed Christmas work party, and a lavishly lonesome penthouse gala all make for quite the holiday tale.

Highly recommended.
Sierra Bailey
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
One night a gay Manhattanite who has been having a horrible day, has to go to 7 holiday parties and deal with all of the drama that you can imagine 7 parties filled with family and gay men create. It was cute, not as wonderful as the other 3, but I was amused. The actual book up there sadly had an accident though. It’s now a sad little broken book, RIP book.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
hilarious, touching
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