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Burning Down George Orwell's House
Burning Down George Orwell's House
Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Robert Stone describes Burning Down George Orwell's House as a "… most enjoyable, a witty, original turn … one part black comedy and one part a meditation on modern life. It is well-written and truly original." Learn more about the author, Andrew Ervin

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Delivering an exhaustive inventory of L.A. archetypes, this debut by the writer/director of Who is Cletis Tout? fails to offer insight into the media-blitzed circus at which it discharges its big guns. Morgan Beale, a jaded screenwriter of "mythic" stature busy adapting bestselling book The Chihuahua in the Blue Prada Bag for the screen, one day runs into his long-dead writing partner, Luke. Luke quickly entices Beale into a Hearse, and so begins a hallucinatory if largely incoherent trip into an alternate universe where Ver Wiel allows Beale to go about shooting fish in a barrel. Beal targets "chimp" producers, paparazzi, reality TV hosts and contestants, actors, celebutantes, critics ("I hate critics"), TV anchors (and their segment producers), FEMA and his starlet wife-"the whore of the corn." Unfortunately, this reads mostly like a score-settling hit-list than Tinseltown parody, and it rarely rises above the level of a drugged-out diatribe-particularly during a lengthy, surrealist delirium involving a talking Chihuahua. Beale's bilious outpouring makes his Hollywood shooting gallery almost endearing by comparison.
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“Chris Ver Wiel casts the coffee giant as the ultimate empty vessel in this satirical attack on the so-called culture of Hollywood.” (USA Today) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Burning Down George Orwell's House
Burning Down George Orwell's House
Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Robert Stone describes Burning Down George Orwell's House as a "… most enjoyable, a witty, original turn … one part black comedy and one part a meditation on modern life. It is well-written and truly original." Learn more about the author, Andrew Ervin

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1st Printing edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559708689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559708685
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,752,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gao Laoshi on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book just seems so bitter and cynical - I don't really see the humor. I appreciate social commentary, and satire (Vonnegut fan, for instance), but reading this book I just feel like I'm listening to a lonely, unhappy person's negative rants.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte H. Davidson on May 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant, original and funny! Thank you Chris Ver Wiel for coming up with something telling and far enough out there that those who think there is nothing new, ever, will thank you! I thank you! Way to go to piss off the very people who will review your book too! Love it!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Du Brow on June 5, 2008
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Insightful, funny, wacked. Nails morning shows, Hollywood, 'celebrity', dumbing down of America, lack of attention span, the herd mentality....but all swallowed with a little dose of hope, and absolute humor. Great read, quick read, fun read. Our here reminds me of great lost souls from 1930s darker comedies. A must.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Johnson on July 19, 2008
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I really did enjoy this book. I love the way the author pokes fun at the LA "hip-whazee" and entertainment crowd. I only gave it four stars because I got through it too quickly...I wanted more!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By patty on July 18, 2008
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funny, Funny, FUNNY!
Take a chance on a new voice; read it, you'll laugh - guaranteed.
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