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Purple America: A Novel Paperback – May 4, 1998
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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As Moody weaves his tale of this fateful Friday evening, he juxtaposes themes of aging, obsolescence, and physical decline with an accident at the nuclear power plant where his stepfather works. What lifts this novel above its rather depressing subject matter is Moody's unsentimental storytelling and the soaring language with which he gives his characters voice. Purple America is by turns lyrical, tragic, ferocious, and funny, and Rick Moody is a writer with a brilliant future ahead of him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Purple America is a shift away from the realm of most postmodern prose: hyper and seemingy directionless narratives, cultural subversion, deconstruction of character and narrative. As I see it, Moody shares only the best devices of his postmodern peers. Like them, he is a young writer bred on the postmodern literary climate, who knows hardly anything else. But he also realizes the worth of comparatively "conventional" twentieth-century forms as explored by writers like Salinger and his ilk. In Purple America, I feel he has blended the best of both almost seamlessly. He admits that it's still all right to write a story with no disorienting chronological jump cuts. It's all right to write a story where characters' life histories are fully divulged, from birth to death. It's all right to write a story where a terminally ambivalent man is worried sick about his dying mother.
The postmodern gestures are still there, but they don't ruin the novel because they don't obscure the narrative.Read more ›
Just one of the initial turn-offs, but the error sets the tone for the entire book. Many reviewers complain about lack of readability. That's because Rick Moody is very, very proud of his writing ability, and overdoes each sentence to death. Long, windy sentences with lots of colorful adjectives does not always make well-written prose. In fact, it rarely does.
The novel got so bogged down in its own ridiculous story that I not only lacked any sympathy with the characters, but felt like I was looking over the author's shoulder as he intended them. The attempts at humor, such as the lovemaking scene, just fell flat. I didn't even crack a smile throughout the entire read, which is pretty bad for a book that really, really wants to be funny.
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I have not read Rick Moody before, but will again. He's a brilliant writer...innovative and audacious. Prefer the writing to the story, but that's subjective.Published 27 days ago by Sumana
this is not a book for everyone - it's quite dark and he uses a really interesting (but hard to read) stream-of-consciousness style. Read morePublished 2 months ago by pamela m.
I do not like this Sam I Am, I do not like this intellectual spam. Hard to push through, characters you do not like, angsty, but in a bad way.Published 2 months ago by Deb T
All books ggave me something. For me is impossible to describe or qualify a bookPublished 17 months ago by Diego M.
This book has fantastic passages of prose, yet it seems, like many of Moody's novels, to stagger from situation to situation without much purpose. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by JJW
I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this book, but I must say that for the most part I loved it. It was the first book by Moody I have ever read, and I was stunned and enchanted... Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by janny
A marvellous novel written in thrilling language..one of the best American novels I've read in recent years. Read morePublished on November 9, 2008 by R. J MOSS
That Rick Moody's wordcraft is stunning cannot be denied. I had heard of him, but not read anything until he wrote an article for The Believer on the politics behind the National... Read morePublished on October 21, 2008 by Shaun Mason