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Frank's World: The Odyssey of a Fleshy Lump Hardcover – April, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312117914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312117917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

The eponymous Frank lives in a dysfunctional world where the excesses and cruelties of late 20th-century American culture run amok. In this startling, surreal, and often brilliant stream-of-consciousness allegory, Mangels skewers virtually every inanity of contemporary life, from television to corporate greed to general inhumanity, all prostituting the American dream. Frank goes through life sucking all that is good and sane from those he meets, feeding and thriving on society's horrors. The author's thought processes are fascinating to follow and he is usually on target. However, the novel as a whole suffers from an eventually tiresome in-your-face vituperation, wearying the reader before Frank's tale is ended. Still, first novelist Mangels's audacity results in a flawed tour-de-force, not to everyone's taste but definitely cutting edge fiction. For modern fiction collections.?Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
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Loud, rude, funny, horrifying--and a great novel. From childhood on, Frank is pure evil, an instiller of fear, a destroyer of dreams and souls. His scatological assault begins on his parents, moves to his teachers, and finally encompasses the larger world. The closest he comes to love is watching television as a child, "sucking up images and bathing in the warm pink radioactive glow" ; his hero is Mr. Ed, the TV horse. Later, he finds solace in the films of Walt Disney, though he ruthlessly deconstructs them. Frank's point of view is twisted and frightening, yet the reader comes to know him well enough to understand that at least some of what he says and thinks is terribly right. In a sense, Frank is trying to figure out the big why of life, and he reminds one of a TV-watching, 1990s version of Flannery O'Connor's Misfit, from the short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." Mangels has created a narrative tour de force, Pynchon-esque but with a harder edge. Highly recommended. Brian McCombie

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tree on September 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love this book!! its awesome, insightful, and somewhat demented..It took my thinking to a whole new level..George Mangels wrote an epic poem when he wrote this novel!!I could'nt put it down, I even skipped meals to finish it!! Buy it and Love it!!
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By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It just keeps zooming down at you, a perpetual cycle of hate, hate, frank, horrific dreams packaged with the knowledge that you can attain them, the state of being such a FRANK, a being self-condemned to hovering within and controlling all that is disreputable and eternal, violent and intellectual, such a Frank that enacts each twinge of his brain with such clarity and skillful desire to bring about horror and sickness that each seemingly unlikely turn of events gradually and subversively brings the world from happy day-glo mental static/stasis into the plaything of frank's own desire.. Put it on the same bookshelf as "Time's Arrow," by Martin Amis, and "Chants de Maldoror," by Isidore Ducasse. George Mangels is my hero! And the only other author i've read who's discovered the terror of Frank. Plus, if that's not enough for you, it's a really swell-looking book, and I think everyone should own one.
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Format: Hardcover
It's not the breathless, tangential style, the neverending italics coming at you until you want to SCREAM "AUUUUUGGGGHHHHHHI CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE WHY CAN'T THIS GEORGE MANGELS GUY WRITE NORMALLY, WHO THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE IS, TOM ROBBINS!," it's not that, and it's not the way Frank makes you absolutely sick, oh no, it's not that at all that puts you off of *Frank's World,* no, not at all, IT JUST DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY; it's the fact that so few books will come out this year with this degree of gutsy originality. If you like The Great Toms (Robbins and Pynchon) and would like to see what would happen if they did a few lines of speed and listened to Nine Inch Nails, this is the book for you. If you want a good read and aren't afraid of something new, this also may be the book for you
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book back in 1996 shortly after it first came out and it inspired me to write my first book, The Diary of a Logos. It's unfornate that Mangels doesn't have any other titles. This was was a huge influence at the infancy of my writing life. The Frank Booth reference was another attachment I had since Blue Velvet is my favorite film. For anyone looking for a seriously twisted tale Frank's Worlds for you.
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I was impressed with the accuracy of the portrayal of a diminished nation so accurately portrayed. It's worth a read.
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