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  • Title: Quicksand
  • Author: Steve Toltz
  • ISBN: 9781476797823
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A daring, brilliant new novel from Man Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz, for fans of Dave Eggers, Martin Amis, and David Foster Wallace a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy about two lifelong friends.Liam is a struggling writer and a failing cop Aldo, his best friend and muse, is a haplessly criminal entrepreneur with an uncanny knack for disaster AsA daring, brilliant new novel from Man Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz, for fans of Dave Eggers, Martin Amis, and David Foster Wallace a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy about two lifelong friends.Liam is a struggling writer and a failing cop Aldo, his best friend and muse, is a haplessly criminal entrepreneur with an uncanny knack for disaster As Aldo s luck worsens, Liam is inspired to base his next book on his best friend s exponential misfortunes and hopeless quest to win back his one great love his ex wife, Stella What begins as an attempt to make sense of Aldo s mishaps spirals into a profound story of faith and friendship.With the same originality and buoyancy that catapulted his first novel, A Fraction of the Whole, onto prize lists around the world including shortlists for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award Steve Toltz has created a rousing, hysterically funny but unapologetically dark satire about fate, faith, friendship, and the artist s obligation to his muse Sharp, witty, kinetic, and utterly engrossing, Quicksand is a subversive portrait of twenty first century society in all its hypocrisy and absurdity.
    Quicksand A daring brilliant new novel from Man Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz for fans of Dave Eggers Martin Amis and David Foster Wallace a fearlessly funny outrageously inventive dark comedy about tw

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    1. 7 years after the publication of one of my most beloved novels of all time A fraction of the whole Steve Toltz comes with a follow up He definitely hasn t lost his sense of humour He is still the king of wit, puns oneliners He still has crazy thoughts than some 10000 people combined The guy is a one person think tank Because of the absurdity of his ideas and characters he doesn t really seem to care a lot about story plot I feel that he tries to give himself as much assists as possible to score [...]

    2. Toltz s first accompanied me on a trip to the Orkney isles, and set the tone for a tempestuous time of bickering and freeloading in a bleak treeless landscape Toltz s second was read in a warm comfortable flat with no tantalising backdrop of bleakness and simmering dissent Nevertheless, I was once taken on a blistering blackly comedic trip to the darkest recesses of existence, at the core of which sits Toltz, snickering like an imp at the horrors and pratfalls of the human race, often howling f [...]

    3. Reads like it was written by a brilliant author, the night before it was due Some extremely strong sentences, fabulous observations, and many witty one liners that slap you in the face with their sharpness But as a novel as a 368 page complete piece it s mostly a band aided collection of waffle, with little plot, coherence, and even less editing I feel like I m writing a school report Toltz could do great things, if he would concentrate on his work, complete his homework, and stop showing off in [...]

    4. Steve Toltz is certainly an original and inventive writer He sets up a frenetic pace from the very beginning and never lets up on it through a madcap series of adventures of two larger than life characters The plot, such as it is, follows the life long friendship between Liam, a struggling writer and police officer, and Aldo, hapless, charismatic, accident prone and perennially unlucky Toltz concentrates on the dynamic between the two, as increasingly Liam uses Aldo as his muse in his attempts t [...]

    5. I love Steve Toltz and couldn t believe he had finally written another novel He is dark and disturbing in the way life is, where he keeps you laughing through the rotteness and horrors his characters deal with, kind of like the universe does in our own existence If you don t laugh, you spoil Reading him makes me feel like I am sitting in a pub listening to a brilliant friend enlightening and depressing me all at once It is a strangely intense experience reading his musings, because the story doe [...]

    6. This is a belter of a book It s that very rare thing a book that s described as funny that actually made me laugh More than once Out loud.Incidentally, have you ever wondered why funny books don t win prizes It s because we can all identify with tragedy, but humour is extremely subjective Something that reduces you to a quivering giggling heap can leave me cold as a penguin eating a Cornetto Plus by its very definition, it isn t serious whereas in some circles, the miserable something is, the [...]

    7. couldn t finish it got to 75% but decided life is too short and started to skim through the rest even that was torture.

    8. Steve Toltz is a stand up comedian stuck in a literary novelist s body His brilliant first novel was 600 pages of non stop one liners and observational humor, written as if Toltz was desperately emptying his body of jokes before he died without telling them Toltz doesn t really do deep characters they re vehicles for his own routine If you think he s funny which I very much do , it s brilliant If you don t, it can be exhausting, although Toltz certainly has the literary chops to keep you invest [...]

    9. Somewhere towards the end of this book, Liam, its principal narrator, an aspiring author, confesses to being totally bored by plot It s tempting to think of it as a fourth wall breaking moment with Steve Toltz offering a sorry, not sorry explanation for the random, rambling nature of the book, at a point that you are almost done with it At its core, Quicksand is about a couple of friends Aldo Benjamin and Liam, as they fumble and fail through life, moving through an ever escalating scale of disa [...]

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