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Face-Time: A Novel

3.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Crown (1998)
  • ASIN: B0042GZM2E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on December 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. This is one of those books that I stayed up all night to finish. Tarloff's writing filled me with the characters's joy and sorrow as if it were my own. The writing is exquisite. The book is perfect.
The first thing I did after finishing this book was to look for more books by Erik Tarloff, but there are none. I hope to see more by this author soon, whatever the subject.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Face Time, a sharp-eyed novel by former Bill Clinton speechwriter Erik Tarloff disproves George S. Kaufman's maxim that satire is something that closes in New Haven.
Published (coincidentallly) around the time of the Monica Lewinsky revelations, it's fictional merits may have been lost in the general scandal, but withstand the test of time. A confrontation between the speechwriting protagonist who's being cuckolded and the feckless President, who quotes Winston Churchill's misbehavior (apparently he was mean to his servants) is classic, as the long-suffering scribe calls him on it....Are you comparing yourself to Winston Churchill?
The book had a keen sense of human failure and rich novelistic detail, which leaves me puzzled about some of the negative responses to it on this site. I guess tastes differ. My hope is that it's re-release in this edition will gain it the wider attention i believe it richly deserves...
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As an old English teacher, I return to this book because it holds a kind of timeless perspective. I think of Gatsby and those few books that capture a fundamental and unique character of our culture. It seems like a writer stumbles into something like that and it just happens. Facetime has that uniqueness of vision. I find it is a book so well written and inevitable that i wonder if, like Camus, who wrote the Stranger in two weeks, Tarloff had a similar experience as if the book wrote itself. But so much for the lofty point of view. I think I liked sneaking into the presidency and seeing what constellates around power.
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I have just revisited this book in its e-book format. A well written political satire which was originally published when it ironically proved to be reality. Buy it, read it today. Good reading demonstrating a truly excellent vocabulary by author, Erik Tarloff. More books needed by this writer!
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This is an immensely readable book. Erik Tarloff writes with authority and knowledge, the characters he creates are fascinating, and frankly, I couldn't put the book down. I hope to see more from him.
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Format: Hardcover
Not witty, not hilarious, not funny (wickedly or otherwise), not believable, not riveting, not thoughtful, not superbly written, not razor-sharp, not savvy, and definitely not worth reading. The prose is plodding. The characters are utterly unsympathetic and unbelievable. The references to Desmond Morris, Casablanca, etc., are pitiful in their cut and paste awkwardness. And somehow, the plot manages to be both contrived and predictable.
Jim Lehrer, Michael Lewis, Larry Gelbart, Judy Woodruff, Gail Sheehy, and Christopher Hitchens should all be ashamed of lending their good names to the promotion of this dreary dreary book, regardless of how good a friend Tarloff or his wife might be. The only one of of the group that came close to the truth in her jacket blurb was Woodruff. If in calling it the "ultimate Washington novel," she's referring to the fact that in D.C, too often who you know is more important than what you know, then she's right on the money.
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Erik Tarloff's "Face-Time"is told by a speech-writer in President Sheffield's (read Clinton's) White House, where the president takes a fancy to his lady. Brilliantly, poignantly and yet ever-wittily told by a genuine insider who really knew what he was talking about: a vivid, compellingly readable story of sex in the corridors of power. The president's self-defense on the Truman Balcony,
where he quotes Churchill on the privileges of power,is very nearly persuasive.
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Format: Hardcover
A very enjoyable read. Face Time is topical, in light of the Monica/Clinton story. It is also a very interesting exploration of modern relationships and the ways we justify prioritizing our work vs family.
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