Sam the Cat

Sam the Cat

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How do you cope when your best friend is transformed from a clever, decent bloke to a fat, supercilious git? Or when a roast chicken suddenly becomes the symbol of your greatest shame? This tale looks at young men and women trying to get on with their lives in the face of such more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 17mm | 191g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140294449
  • 9780140294446

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"* 'Head and shoulders above anything this side of the Atlantic... funny as hell' Zadie Smith, Telegraph * 'A boy's answer to THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO HUNTING AND FISHING... a hilarious inside-track on men, sex, love and relationships' Matt Thorne * 'Amusing, poignant tales of the city... raucously funny' Financial Times * 'Exact, clever and at times painfully accurate... It does what all good satire should and makes you wince with recognition as well as laugh out loud' Observer * 'Very funny and very sobering... Klam has an excellent eye for absurdity and his writing is infinitely subtle' Telegraph * 'Matthew Klam knows what guys really think... ruthlessly insightful' Harper's Bazaar"show more

About Matthew Klam

Matthew Klam has had numerous stories published in the New Yorker, and his non-fiction has appeared in Harper's and The New York Times Magazine. He is a winner of the O. Henry Award and lives in Washington, more

Review Text

Debut collection from a young author who specializes in the meltdown of middle-class masculinity.All these stories concern young men around the age of marriageability: fumbling, confused guys who cant understand why life isn't giving them what they want. The title piece, one of the best here, is a slacker rewrite of Death in Venice in which we watch Sam, an alienated advertising drone, slowly debase himself before the beautiful boy with whom (unbeknownst to himself) hes fallen in love. The remaining stories are resolutely straight-acting, with praise of the female posterior serving as a major motif. The heroes resemble each other so closely that, although Sam the Cat confesses to having an ex- girlfriend who used to wet the bed when drunk, it is Vince, in Not This, who gets teased for it. Issues I Dealt with in Therapy traces the narrator's increasingly hollow friendship with a hard-driving young politico, culminating in a mean-spirited, drunken wedding toast that is one of this often wry collection's few laugh-out-loud moments. Klam excels at reproducing the voices of entitled, self-loathing jerks, but when he strays from boy-at-the crossroads territory, the results are mixed. European Wedding,` the only story written in the third person and the only one attempting multiple points of view, is by far the least successful. As Klam chronicles the misadventures of a hapless groom-to-be stranded in a French chateau with a near-exclusively feminine wedding party (the bride's name is Gynnie: get it?), the book's general tone of good-natured horniness shades into misogyny.Compulsively readable, if limited in scope: stories that bode well for a young O. Henrywinner with talent to burn. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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411 ratings
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5 18% (75)
4 33% (136)
3 31% (126)
2 14% (56)
1 4% (18)
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