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“Comedy, satire, farce, language. . . . [A] release from the familiar and banal . . . has the kind of agenda that gives heft to the picaresque novels from which it is derived.” (New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice)
“Wonderful. . . . Singular and arresting . . . filled with quirky turns of phrase, unexpected literary and cultural allusions, self-aware asides, and highfalutin word choices that would make Roget swell with pride.” (Salon)
“Starred Review. [A] riotous debut novel.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Starred Review. A brilliant first novel that may well be in the running for 2011 literary awards.” (Library Journal)
William Giraldi is the author of the critically hailed Busy Monsters and fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.
Most pointlessly verbose, self felating dreck I've ever read. The main character Charlie is a melancholy bore, his "adventures" too pointless to comprehend.Published 4 months ago by Alexandra G.
If I wanted to read someone's masturbatory attempts at writing, I'd sit in on an intro to creative writing class and save myself $10.Published 7 months ago by Melanie Germond
I'm neither smart nor sophisticated enough to appreciate Mr. Giraldi. Neither is my porcine beau, when I've roused him from the couch enough to ask.Published 15 months ago by Jody
Busy Monsters is one of the funniest novels I ever read. There are many side-splittingly humorous scenes. I recommend this book highly.Published 20 months ago by Nokia 6250
I started this book in high spirits, 25 minutes ago. A picaresque tale full of oddballs is just what I like to read. I got about 11 pages in. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Buffalo Hill
I wouldn't exactly call this a novel, but more of a collection of essays and short stories featuring the same protagonist as he goes on maddening adventures in the name of love. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Max Andrew Dubinsky