- File Size: 6037 KB
- Print Length: 191 pages
- Publisher: William Kotzwinkle (October 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G0Q6XYU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Fan Man Kindle Edition
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"Kotzwinkle's story of a drug-flavored, flailing genius isa fine piece of work that deserves to wind up in some college lit class of thefuture, along with Thompson and Wolfe." Rolling Stone
"The Fan Man cuts through so many games that it leaves atrail of clear light." Ram Dass
"A delightfully, often devastatingly funny novel. WilliamKotzwinkle has created a new kind of character who, while dwelling in therealms of the fantastic, touches upon far more aspects of contemporary lifethen do many so-called American characters. (Horse is a) kind of Ginger Man,Lucky Jim, Huck Finn, and Easy Rider all mixed up in one. A marvelouscreation." Seattle Times
"This is one of my favorite books. Ever. Kotzwinkle'sdoped-up, cooled-out street bum - whose prize possessions include the self-givenmantra "Dorky" and a fan that hums with the universe - lives on."QPB Review
"Hilarious. The Aquarian age found its correct chronicler in thisbook." San Francisco Review of Books
"Kotzwinkle has invented a human dada, full of one-linegags and comic perceptions." NewYork Times Book Review
"Old Horse is one hell of a character, man." Philadelphia Bulletin
"The landmark novel of the dusking of the Age of Aquariusis William Kotzwinkle's The Fan Man." HerbertGold
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The Fan Man is a stream of consciousness narrative. It is written as though you were inside the head of Horse Badortes, a homeless, semi-delusional street person who squats in vacant buildings. He divides his time between survival and his art; he is, or believes himself to be, a conductor.
It is not for everyone. Some will dismiss The Fan Man as a period piece. But if you have ever wondered how street people get along, what life is like on the edge of existence, here is a glimpse. If you enjoy writers who push language to the limit, you will enjoy this one. Read it, and pass it on.
As Vonnegut says in his introduction to this 20th anniversary edition - "One must understand that in this book Badorties is the only judge, and that has to be judge enough, or again, this book cannot be for you. It is like an egg. Everything which is supposed to be inside the shell is in there."
I read this book in one afternoon (under 200 pages), laughed out loud countless times, and continue to think about it two weeks later. It can be enjoyed at the most basic level but it offers so much MORE if you've got the patience and time to reflect on it. For a novel that seems plucked straight from the mind of a stoner, every single sentence seems meticulously and purposefully placed - yes, even the "dorky". I can't wait to read it again and I'm looking forward to Kotzwinkle's other works. I've already suggested it to many of my friends - it's that special kind of novel that makes you wish more people have read it.
I particularly recommend reading this book aloud with a friend if possible.
Top international reviews
The pictures bother me a lot. Not that they aren't brilliant, but when I first read it, there were no pictures, and I had a clear mental picture of what the fan man looked like, based on people I knew, and he was nothing like this fan man. So I've taken a star away for messing with my memories.
The title FAN-MAN sometimes means either ventilators or admirers – I like how Kotzwinkle intermixed those both the meanings. A highlight is how Horse convinced NBC to attend the rehearsal of the love-chorus majorly put together by Horse himself. I was surprised and on how a person like Horse who used to live in the junk can not only convince the managing director of NBC but also hire an entire chorus of 15teen year old chicks - the method seems to be conclusive. If you interested in how this method works just read the book.