David Vann is an internationally bestselling author whose work has been translated into nineteen languages. He is the winner of fifteen prizes, including France’s Prix Médicis étranger, Spain’s Premi Llibreter, the Grace Paley Prize, a California Book Award, the AWP Nonfiction Prize, and France’s Prix des lecteurs de L’Express. His books—Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, Dirt, A Mile Down, and Last Day on Earth—have appeared on seventy best books of the year lists in a dozen countries. A former Guggenheim fellow, Wallace Stegner fellow, John L’Heureux fellow, and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he is a professor at the University of Warwick in England. He has written for the Atlantic, Esquire, Outside, Men’s Journal, McSweeney’s, the Sunday Times, the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph, and many others, and he has appeared in documentaries for the BBC, Nova, National Geographic, and CNN.
Dirt is easily one of the most difficult books I've ever read, yet I can't tell you why.
I'm not sure why ANYONE would want to do this, except to enjoy watching other people suffer or to enjoy the suffering vicariously (the protagonist isn't very happy).
As it is, these characters are almost caricatures - funny exaggerations caught up in a story that is just too bizarre.
Without doubt one of the worst books I have had the displeasure of reading.Published 4 months ago by T. Bailey
Read in a day. Nice change of pace...hard to put down.
Would suggest for others. Will watch for other books by this author. Easy read.
This was an okay read..quirky, and I liked the character development which was not to bogged down but was enough to keep me interested. Read morePublished 12 months ago by W. Hardin
It's difficult to rate this book: the writing is stellar, but two stars and "it was okay" is all the enthusiasm I can muster for the story itself. Read morePublished 14 months ago by avanta7
David Vann is vastly underrated. His characters may not be people you would like to be, but they ultimately remind you of yourself. The writing in Dirt is clever. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Josh Richards
This novel reminds me of Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, only it's so much better -- either of Wise Blood or of one of her acclaimed short stories with an unhappy son and a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen D. Gutierrez
This is the third David Vann book I have read and reviewed and I think it is the best of the three.
I don't think you can expect to read a frothy light David Vann novel. Read more
Dirt is easily one of the most difficult books I've ever read, yet I can't tell you why. To do so would divulge too much about where this novel goes, the depths Galen sinks to in... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael Snyder
Dirt: A Novel is the kind of book which can be equally loved and hated and yet everybody is right. It's simply not for everybody. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mark