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A Fan's Notes, A

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Listen, you son of a bitch, life isn't all a goddam football game! You won't always get the girl! Life is rejection and pain and loss...' A Fan's Notes - the horrible and hilarious account of a long failure. Our narrator is the ultimate unreconstructed male. His primary concerns are alcohol, sex and the New York Giants. But things go very wrong for him - he drinks too much, he's impotent and the Giants start to loose. And so we follow his boozy trail through two failed marriages, many bars and intermittent visits to Avalon Valley - a private home for the mentally ill. Shockingly politically incorrect, terribly self-indulgent but more than redeemed by its unremitting honesty and insight this is the unforgettable story of a man laid bare.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 30mm | 390g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • YELLOW JERSEY PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0224083090
  • 9780224083096
  • 190,307

About The Estate Of Frederick Exley

Fred Exley is the author of A Fan's Notes, Pages from a Cold Island and Last Notes from Home. He was nominated for a National Book Award, was the recipient of the William Faulkner Award, recevied the National Institute of Arts and Letters Rosenthal award, and won a Playboy Silver medal for the best non-fiction piece of 1974. He also received a Rockerfeller Foundation grant, a Harper-Saxton Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Frederick Exley died in 1992.show more

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"A Fan's Notes is one man's life written with brilliance and insight. No one should have had Exley's life, and no one who has read it can forget it" -- James Dickey "Writers of every kind of aesthetic and cultural persuasion talk about it and press it on their friends. When I urge it on a friend who asks what it is about or what it is like, I say read it, just read it" -- Geoffrey Wolff "Astonishing... It is visceral and intimate. Self-absorbed, it is also searingly perceptive about what happens between fathers and sons, men and women" Independentshow more

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"Astonishing... It is visceral and intimate. Self-absorbed, it is also searingly perceptive about what happens between fathers and sons, men and women"show more

Back cover copy

'Listen, you son of a bitch, life isn't all a goddam football game! You won't always get the girl!Life is rejection and pain and loss...' A FAN'S NOTES - the horrible and hilarious account of a long failure. Our narrator is the ultimate unreconstructed male. His primary concerns are alcohol, sex and the New York Giants. But things go very wrong for him- he drinks too much, he's impotent and the Giants start to lose. And so we follow his boogy trail through two failed marriages, many bars and intermittent visits to Avalon Valley - a private home for the mentally ill. Shookingly politically incorrect, terribly self-indulgent, but more than redeemed by its unforgettable story of a man laid bare. 'A FAN'S NOTES is one man's life, written with brilliance and insight. No one should have had Exley's life and no one who has read it can ever forget it' JAMES DICKEY 'Writers of every kind of aesthetic and cultural persuasion talk about it and press it on their friends. When I urge it on to a friend who asks what it is about or what it is like, I say read it, just read it' GEOFFREY WOLFFshow more

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3,149 ratings
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4 31% (985)
3 18% (560)
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