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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469211203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469211206
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,211,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Charlie, the protagonist of Austrian Glavinic’s satirical bildungsroman, is an overweight, self-absorbed young slacker whose nonchalant attitude can’t quite hide his loneliness. Guided by rock lyrics and self-help bromides, he bums cash from elderly relatives and gropes his way through adolescence, losing his virginity as the space shuttle Challenger explodes in the sky. Eventually, he stumbles his way into casual political activism, a career as a taxi driver, and unintentional celebrity. Along the way, he accidentally kills a few people. Although Charlie’s vulnerability and wit lend him a certain charisma, and his adolescent sexual clumsiness is familiar and even endearing at times, Glavinic’s apparent attempt to use Charlie’s trajectory as a vehicle for social commentary is somewhat less successful. It’s possible that something was lost in translation, or perhaps our listless and marginally reliable narrator just isn’t as much fun as an adult driving a taxi as he was when he was a teenager getting drunk and answering personal ads to meet swingers. Despite a few rough spots, Glavinic’s talent shines through, and Charlie’s voice will resonate with many readers. --Brendan Driscoll --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“…Glavinic’s talent shines through, and Charlie’s voice will resonate with many readers.” --Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Thomas Glavinic is an influential Austrian novelist. Born in 1972, he is considered a guiding voice in Austrian literature. He's written several novels and has won both critical acclaim and commercial success, winning prizes and topping Austria's bestseller list. THE CAMERA KILLER won the Friedrich-Glauser Prize for crime fiction in 2002 and Glavinic was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2007. PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER reached number one on both the Austrian bestseller list and the Austrian Radio and Television critics' list.

Customer Reviews

This book was just bad.
Norma Lehmeierhartie
The lack of depth left me forgetting what happened on one page before I finished reading the next.
Dick Johnson
I pictured the main character as a slightly less quirky version of that book's lead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Sullivan VINE VOICE on September 2, 2012
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Karl Kolostrum is a chubby Austrian teenager with a bad complexion and a penchant for reading various lifestyle guides. According to a personality test, he's 87% wimp, 82% conformist, 10% shoulder-shrugger, and 3% adventurer. He also has a habit of singing to himself (or as others are wont to describe it: caterwauling or whimpering). Perhaps contrary to expectations, he's moderately successful with the fairer sex if only because he doesn't set his sights too high. He scores with the true beauties only in his very active imagination where he's either a rock star or a Good Samaritan who springs into action saving the day and the damsel in distress. "Pull Yourself Together" follows Karl as he drifts aimlessly through his teens, 20's, and into his 30's. The reader becomes acquainted with his eccentric family, friends, and romantic partners while Karl tries to find his way in life as he leaves high school, enters university, and beyond.

Frequently appearing throughout the narrative are italicized "notes to self" revealing some realization Karl has happened upon in the moment. These notes are often humorous ("If your caressing hand slips off and inadvertently lands between the girl's legs, panic is inappropriate.") and occasionally poignant ("Pursuing an objective is hard if you don't know what it is."). Karl's a bit of a pathetic figure, but he's sympathetic. Despite serious flaws such as being unable to commit in relationships and being an 87% wimp and all that entails, he generally means well. If he's pushed around and incapable of sticking to his resolutions, at least his 3% adventurer wins out on occasion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dick Johnson VINE VOICE on May 12, 2013
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This is a sophomoric humor book about a fat boy's coming-of-age (if he ever gets around to it). I had read, and my notes say I enjoyed, Glavinic's "The Camera Killer". Because of that, I decided to give this one a try.

Bad decision. Very bad decision. The lack of depth left me forgetting what happened on one page before I finished reading the next. A hundred pages or so of that was enough. There were enough funny sections in that amount of reading for it to get one star over the minimum, but not enough to save it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quirky Girl VINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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There is a reason that books are not written in the second person - and this book is a prime example.
Though, certainly, the author has skill as a writer - the "dark comedy" is really not dark - more like dreary.
I am not easily offended, and while I wouldn't say I was offended by this book - it was disconcerting to paint "ugly" people as
ugly on the inside as well. If the author attempted to use Charlie's failures in life as sympathy, the author did just the opposite; he created animosity. The author tries to make an accidental murder scene funny, yet the only thing "funny" about this book is that people paid for it and praise it simply because it this book was placed on a "prize" list.
If you lap up books because a few morons with a title proclaim it worthy - you'll enjoy it.
If you enjoy a story with a plot and identifiable characters, with true wit - skip this. Not only skip it, if you happen to see it in a bookstore, save other readers and hide it behind some other books on the shelf!
Simply Horrible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Half Fast Farmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 19, 2012
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This is a book written by a very clever and competent writer, Thomas Glavinc. Unfortunately he is too clever by half and ends up dedicating the book to a gimmick that just doesn't work- 2nd person narration. Our unhero, Charlie, is unpleasant enough. He is unattractive on the outside, and a far sight worse on the inside. For some reason it is extra galling to have him use 2nd person. It gives his nonsense a gravitas that is completely unwarranted. The writing is stilted and halting. I am assuming that is due to issues with translation. Maybe it's Charlie's authentic voice. Who knows. Overall, this is a gimmicky book about a loser who has bad things happen to him (accidental murder anyone?). But Charlie is such a loathsome irritating twit, that I was perfectly satisfied when things went badly for him.

The writer is very clever and competent. I just don't think this books works. A loathsome anti hero is one thing. An obnoxious POV is another. But together, they make for a very missable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on October 30, 2012
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The 2nd person perspective obviously disturbs many readers because it is so unusual. However, if you just sit back and allow the author to present his story as if you indeed are the main character, you'll get the full benefit intended.

I did have difficulty during the earlier part of the book with the incessant coming-of-age sexuality, but everything does come together and this is a well rounded book with lots of humor and a good dose of poignancy. Worth your while. Definitely
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Book-ended by two space shuttle disasters that of the Challenger in 1986 and the Columbia in 2003 PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER is a dark satiric coming of age story that I have to admit made me laugh out loud a few times. Originally written in German by Austrian writer Thomas Glavinic the humor and situations translate well in to English. The book consists of several short chapters told in second person by Charlie who often sums the current activity up with a short "note to self". Charlie is a sixteen year old high school student when we first meet him and we follow him for the next seventeen years through a host of exploits and girlfriends. He has assorted eccentric aunts and uncles as well as an alcoholic mother who is constantly concerned about his overweight body and pimply complexion. We see him through stints as an art history major, a door to door fundraiser and a taxi cab driver and meet many of his friends and acquaintances who are as quirky as his relatives. The book is quite dark as in the course of the two hundred and thirty-eight pages Charlie is unintentionally responsible for three separate deaths that if you are like me you may feel a little guilty about laughing at. This is a very different book than Glavinic's novel THE CAMERA KILLER which I hated though PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER will not appeal to all readers either.
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