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Watch Out

2.76  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
WATCH OUT is the story of Jonathan Barrows, a man who falls in love with himself, literally. He is secretly attracted to his own body, carries out an erotic relationship with a blow-up doll that resembles him, and takes pleasure in rejecting the advances of his many admirers, both male and female. He descends into a world of carnivorous priests and Prozac-popping Polish pr ...more
Published (first published September 1st 2008)
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Don
Nov 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I honestly thought I would love this book going into it. Just from the back cover description it sounded so out there and interesting.

Once I started in on it the less and less I got interested in reading more. The only good thing I can think of saying about it was that it was short enough to finish in 2 days and move onto another book.

My main problem with Watch Out was the writing style. Things didn't seem to flow well and sometimes I'd just be completely confused as to what was happening or w
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Jason Chaplin
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watch Out is incredibly ahead of its time. It packs the same controversial punch as Lolita did during its heyday.

The book is chock full of enough poetic-prose, bizarre psychological insight and philosophical dementia to ensure its place as a cult-indie classic and Suglia, a champion of the underground literary scene.

Now, Dr. Suglia gets plenty of flack from the literary community for his honest opinions about fan-favorites, Chuck Palahniuk and Jonathan Franzen, but what if he's right? After all,
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Ryan Cek
Aug 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Absolute trash. No plot whatsoever. I hated the main character. Do not read this book. I would use it for kindling.
Daniel
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
There are three things that make a novel worth reading: the story, the characters, or the writing itself. Finding a book that gets all three right is rare enough, but even rarer (I've noticed) is finding a book that gets the most important one right: the writing. It doesn't matter how clever your plot or how interesting your characters, if you can't write with some measure of skill, you are -- let's face it -- a hack.

(Nothing against hacks, per se. The name itself sounds derived from the blunt,
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GUD Magazine
Sep 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Suglia hopes to make an impression with his novel "Watch Out". "Watch out" is the refrain, throughout, a heightened state of alert pumped into the brain stem with no explanation and no true context. "Watch Out" is the story, or several stories, of Professor Jonathan Barrows, a cold, violent, self-pleasuring egoist.

The world of Jonathan Barrows is grotesque, stupid, and, like Jonathan Barrows, focused on Jonathan Barrows. While it is not rare for characters to have an exceptionally large ego, in
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Jason
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Even years after reading this novel, I am still not entirely sure what to think of it. It's certainly audacious, and Suglia has a definite voice all his own. But of what value and of what artistic merit is that voice, I keep asking myself.

This is a well-written novel, and Suglia manages to fully embody the first-person narrator. Is that good or bad though, when your protagonist is a despicable cretin who is head over heels in love with Himself? It's a lot of sick and twiated fun at first. I coul
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Daniel
Dec 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
It was only after I started reading this book, that I had learned from an Amazon page that the author "disavows" this version of the book. There is a definite version of the book that was released two years later. My question is: Why bother? Revisiting will not save this novel from itself. This is officially the most pretentious novel I have ever read. Both the main character and the prose were controversial for the sake of controversy. I could actually imagine the author thinking: "I will cover ...more
Gregg
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most bazaar, sexual but poetic books I have ever read. What have I learned from reading this book?
Simply put: Just how kinky a person write about sex and human nature. Now onto the movie! More to the point: Its about how we relate to one another. Saw the movie yesterday, (March 5) also very disturbing.
Andrea
Jun 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have to say, I hated this book and couldn't finish it. I'm all for twisted and weird stories, but this guy was trying way too hard to go for shocking. There was no redeeming value for this book and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Jamshid Faryar
Aug 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I can't believe I read the whole thing! There is nothing for which I can recommend this book, least of all the language. There are some (William Burroughs like) interesting characters and imagery.
Alex
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
If this guy set out to write a book that everyone is going to read then say, "Well that was just slightly disturbing..." he did it.
Christina
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Both an interesting and strange read.
Keyah
Jan 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shitty
Awful, just dreadful. How dare this man spew hate towards Chuck Palahniuk.
Sean Kennedy
Dec 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I have ever read. Puerile drivel that sets out to shock, and not even cleverly. Misogyny also rampant. Fucking hell.
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