- File Size: 6158 KB
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469969475
- Publisher: Quiet Corner Press (February 20, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007BICKXE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,510,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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His writing is so engaging, that he manages to transition from awkward to nonchalant to laugh aloud to feeling sorry for what he has gone through. I would warn the more conservative crowd, that this book is so candid, and some parts are so graphic, that they may need to be informed as to sections of the book that might be too much to handle.
Novak's writing IS TOO MUCH to handle, as I found my cheeks were actually hurting from laughing at some of the events in his life.
I found reading Goats eat Cans to be brilliant and would love to read some other reviews of this master piece.
That said, this book was hilarious. Novak sifts through his memories, from about age five to adulthood, and highlights only the funniest, most humiliating, or stories that toe that line of too much information. You go back and forth between giggling hysterically and cringing in disgust.
I really enjoyed this book. You could tell that while Novak did not enjoy much of his childhood and high school days, it shaped him into who he is today; a quirky artist with a clever and hilarious sense of humor. Even through the most horrendous of stories about brown pants his snarky and sarcastic comments will have you chuckling in spite of yourself. I vacillated between feeling sorry for him for being tortured in high school, to pitying his wife for marrying him and having to put up with his shenanigans, to wanting to meet him in real life so I could see if he was as funny as he is in his book.
Novak's voice is an interesting mixture of Christopher Moore, Chuck Palahniuk in Choke, and an irreverent one that's all his own. If you enjoy that kind of thing, and I did, I'd suggest you pick up his book and prepare for the insanity.
Goats Eat Cans is not either of those kinds of book. Goats Eat Cans should, however, be the favorite book in your library that makes you laugh.
What are you laughing at, specifically? You're laughing at the author, Steven Novak. Novak does not have the storied background of some authors; you will not find an Ivy League education or an intense brooding tendency to take himself too seriously. Instead, you'll find the kid who was often avoided when it came to childhood social interactions, the out-of-class education in how to be, if not truly sophisticated, then at least not so awkward that you drew true scorn. Yup, Novak got a hall pass for these classes. He also had stormy and often squirm-inducing confrontations with his parents, and he had to endure a divorce.
How is this funny?
The best thing about Novak is that he is not only aware of these presumed drawbacks, but he's maintained a vigorous sense of humor about them. He turns the retelling of events that most of us would find horrifying into celebrations of the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity -- and also to learn the lessons from his past to make a really great present and future.
I won't lie; there are some really, really awful things in this book. If it wasn't for the humor, I would be forced to feel pity and even horror. But the humor is everything here, and it forces you to feel kinship for Novak.
After all, when you laugh at him, you're laughing at the awkward, unsophisticated, and oddly resilient kid in yourself. Regardless, it's important to remember that this is not a thinking book. This is a book full of poop jokes and attempts to catch glimpses of girls' boobs and the unexpected ways of love. This is a laughing book, and if you're not laughing, you're not my kind of person.
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Liked the idea for the book but not the execution.
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