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Frederick Exley recounts his life as the son of a hero-worshipped high school athlete who is doomed to be a spectator not only of sports, but of life. From irresponsible drifter, to dreamer of impossible dreams, to drunkard, to frequent patient at an insane asylum, Exley carried baggage from his childhood through much of his adult life, never feeling he could escape the dark cloud of expectation that hung over him. When Frank Gifford, former New York Giants backfield star, is injured, Exley is jolted into painful realizations about his life, and a confession.
Mr. Exley is a very good writer . . . there's a lot of wit and bravado in this book, but it's more painful than funny. -- The NationSee all Editorial Reviews
An often funny and perceptive but overall sad novel of alcoholism and failure. Exley is a master of the English language, and the novel is a great pleasure to read despite the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robtles
"A Fan's Notes" is one of the great books penned by an American author of any era. I can't do any better than that. And none of "moods" listed here fit the book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by John S. Asher
Q. Do you agree with the anonymous Newsday critic who judges Frederick Exley's A Fan’s Notes “the best novel written in the
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A book as broadly scoped as the author's areas of interest. A sometimes painful, humorous, and pathetic account wherein the author bares his intellectual and psychological... Read morePublished 4 months ago by skisox24
Perhaps one of the more overlooked narratives that reflect on life, marrying hard knocks with a passion for sport, this fictionalized memoir of Frederick Exley is truly fantastic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Masada36
Frighteningly compelling. It's as if the drunken protagonist hits a bit too close to home for most men, and possibly most adults.Published 8 months ago by David