Home Land

Home Land

Book - 2005
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What if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and told...the truth! Here is an update from hell, and the most brilliant work to date, by the novelist whom Jeffrey Eugenides calls "original, devious, and very funny" and of whose first novel Chuck Palahniuk wrote, "I laughed out loud---and I never laugh out loud."

The Eastern Valley High School Alumni newsletter, Catamount Notes, is bursting with tales of success: former students include a bankable politician and a famous baseball star, not to mention a major-label recording artist. Then there is the appalling, yet utterly lovable, Lewis Miner, class of '89---a.k.a Teabag---who did not pan out. This is his confession in all its bitter, lovelorn glory.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2005
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312424183
0312424183
Branch Call Number: LIPSYTE, S
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 21 cm

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ChrisMGray
Jul 31, 2013

can't get into this

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burleighsmith
Feb 15, 2012

Lottsa humor. I had to read with care to decipher the flow and decode some of the language—Lipsyte likes both. Although this isn’t stated, the perspective is from a 30ish wannabe great author. That is, someone void of life’s dominating responsibilities and social enforcers (family, job, mother, etc.). So it’s very boys never growing up terrain. The comparison with Holden Caulfield is off, just cuz Tea Bag (as his moniker indicates) is mostly a pretty silly—tho tormented—guy. Like Lipsyte’s THE ASK, HOME LAND might have benefitted if it didn’t have to be in novel form, i.e., if instead it were a dynamite short story, but it’s a lot of fun and very much for readers looking for today’s writers.

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ranXerox
Apr 02, 2011

Unbelievably funny. Painfully funny. Sam Lipsyte can craft a sentence like you don't know, at least until you read the book. Then you'll know. A very, very good book.

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