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Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
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it was amazing
bookshelves: currently-rereading, in-person-bookclub
Read 2 times. Last read August 19, 2018 to August 25, 2018.

Second reading of the book, eight years after the first, and while I've recently seen the critically acclaimed movie adaptation, which refamiliarised me with the story, it still didn't take away from the beauty of Vlautin's prose and the depth of humanity he creates in his characters.

Classic Vlautin, in his portrayal of the underdog, and in this case of the underbelly of society in Oregan and beyond, Charley's figurative and literal journey brings him into contact with many characters, few of whom are stereotypically 'good' or 'bad', the way so many novelists create their protagonists. Don't expect swashbuckling action, but this book is well worth reading.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Other Paperback Edition)
November 23, 2013 – Shelved (Other Paperback Edition)
August 19, 2018 – Started Reading
August 19, 2018 – Shelved as: in-person-bookclub
August 19, 2018 – Shelved
August 19, 2018 – Shelved as: currently-rereading
August 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Barbara How did your book club like this?


Allan Mixed reaction. Appreciated the social commentary and the voice of the underdog. Excellent discussion on the benefits of the welfare state, and about those who suffer due to the lack of similar in US. Based on the experience of a few members who have lived there.


Barbara Allan wrote: "Mixed reaction. Appreciated the social commentary and the voice of the underdog. Excellent discussion on the benefits of the welfare state, and about those who suffer due to the lack of similar in ..."

The safety net is shrinking in the US (what there is of one) and I can see the same is happening in Ireland, North and South.


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