- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Printing edition (August 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393079627
- ISBN-13: 978-0393079623
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,977,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Busy Monsters: A Novel Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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William Giraldi's Busy Monsters is rammed with life. It has more than promise. A kind of elegiac intensity, remarkable for so young a man, pervades its harmonies. --Harold Bloom"
Take the amped-up lyrical braggadocio of the American South and join it to a sly, at times Nabokovian celebration of psychological obsession. Add a pinch of O'Connor, a dash of Hannah, heat with an imagination reared in both the canon and its rock & roll antipodes. Busy Monsters is an unforgettable achievement by one of our most important young chroniclers of anguish and bliss. --Sven Birkerts"
About the Author
William Giraldi is the author of the critically hailed novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, and the memoir, The Hero's Body. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.
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With a vocabulary a poet would admire, and profanity that will put too many off, the book succeeds in rousing passions.
You'll like this book if you like the writing. Any quick sample will be enough to decide. I loved the style and the humor.
What could have been a great read turned into single thoughts turning into rambling paragraphs that do not push the story forward in any meaningful way. I appreciate the fact that you have the ability to write in a descriptive manner. I do not appreciate the fact that if it were up to you, describing a simple red hat would consist of a thousand word essay.
The dialogue is impossibly difficult to digest. I can only hope that it is some sort of cruel prank you are playing on people who paid money to support your efforts. The drama, flair and false sense of intensity you put into the mouths of your characters is the most off-putting aspect of this book. Not one thing reads like an honest line of dialogue.
There is a great story hidden in here, but it is too ruined by the pointless dribble to bother.