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The Neon Bible
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2003
If you are looking for the humour found in Toole's "Dunces" then look elsewhere. I really liked this book, and the fact that it was written by Toole at the age of sixteen makes it even that much better. I have to admit that I was truly surprised by the ending! Again, if you are looking for a comedic, light-hearted read, this isn't it. A great work from a truly gifted writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
I first read A Confederacy of Dunces which was hysterically funny but very sad that the author didn't live to see it published. Enjoyed it so much I bought his first book, The Neon Bible, which he wrote age 16. Very good read and amazing insights into the characters for someone of that age. Highly recommend and very different from A Confederacy of Dunces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2012
I loved this book. It was so simple but yet so deep. There is just an under current of melancholy that runs through the work, it is brilliantly done, like previous reviewers it's hard to imagine a 16 year old penned it. The description is great but not overdone. It is an emotional read, a must read. It stands on its own beside COD.
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on December 9, 2011
If the way this book echoes some of the more poignant details of Toole's biography isn't enough, the fragile, honest voice of a young man with things to say will be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
Unbelieveable that a young man of this tender age could write such a compelling novel. What did we miss when this sensitive genius decided to end his life at the youthful age of 31? With only two works to his credit, the world is most definitely at a tragic loss.
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on June 7, 2013
This is an amazing book. That it was written by a 16-year-old is astounding. Toole's narration,simple, eloquent and heartfelt, carries a maturity of subject and handling that rarely stumbles. A masterwork, bringing to mind Harper Lee and Flannery O'Connor.
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on June 11, 2014
At the same time a sad and strangely uplifting novel, it was a wonderful read and should be a book we all read at some point. While, at times, it was depressing, I found the struggle that was central to the book as relevant today as it was then.
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on August 3, 2013
This was equivalent to Eudora Welty and/or Flannery O'Connor...Toole was brilliant...his mother was right. He was only 16 when he wrote this, and it held my attention to the very end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
This book will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoyed A Conferdercy of Dunces, by O'Toole. This author offers a view into life as no other I've read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Super find~great purchase opportunity to add another fine book to my collection. I have found this is THE PLACE to purchase softly used books.
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