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5.0 out of 5 stars RanDumb is pretty RanSmart, December 1, 2011
This review is from: RanDumb: The Random Dumb Adventures of an Irish Guy in LA (Paperback)
Mark Haye's debut novel "RanDumb" tells the story of the author's experiences in LA. It's a well written book that weaves together his accounts of Hollywood nightlife, romantic affairs, sexual encounters, and of course, drinking. Haye's life is full of encounters with various ridiculous and sometimes tragic characters (the lazy-eyed girl haunts me still).

At first I had a hard time with Haye's prose, short fragments of a sentence, rarely a complete thought. But after a few chapters, the incomplete thoughts seemed fitting for the book, where I wonder if any of the actual experiences were well thought out. Regardless, the experiences he writes about are entertaining and sure to make one laugh.

Overall Haye's prose is funny, crude, rude, sometimes shocking, often poignant. Haye's tells it like it is, and I admire that. At times while reading "RanDumb", I found myself often thinking of Charles Bukowski, whom I am deeply fond of. I have come to love Chinaski and his frankness and honesty about life and especially women. Haye's has a similar effect on me, but I'm pretty sure he is much better looking, but still has the same affinity for the crude, the rude, the drunkenness and the undeniable attractiveness and appreciation of all women at a certain point, even if at times through drunken lenses (yes, I'm still thinking of miss lazy-eye).

I recommend "RanDumb" and I look forward to reading more fragments from Haye's.
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