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[Karoo] [by: Steve Tesich] (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 may 2004

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Happy Hack 17 de mayo de 2009
Por H. Schneider - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa blanda Compra verificada
This novel of the 1990s is entertaining and competent, but I thought that Bellow or Updike or P.Roth had already written it. In other words, it doesn't seem to walk new paths, really. But since it does really amuse, at least me, I do not deduct a star.

Hero Saul Karoo is a repairman for faulty screenplays. Though he works for Hollywood, he lives in New York. He is successful and wealthy. But he is a sick man. He is, in his 50s, not just overweight, but fat. He is a confirmed alcoholic, but what is worse, he has developed an immunity against alcohol. He has been rendered permanently sober by some mysterious disease. No amount of booze can make him drunk. He could just as well quit if that wouldn't disappoint his wife, who bases her approach to divorce entirely on his drinking. See, he is a good man.

His main emotional disease is his fear of privacy. That has ruined his marriage, in his view. It also keeps him away from his son, who craves personal attention from dad. He feels at home only when in other people's homes. It also makes him unable to have any other lasting relationship. He has just one friend left.

He is also a confirmed cynic and realist. He knows what talent is and he knows that he doesn't have it. He can never write anything original. He even has re-writer's block.
His divorce is dragging on, because, in his words, the advantages of an unhappy marriage are not easily dismissed.
He loathes his Hollywood employers, but then, feeling semi-decent is one of the fringe benefits of associating with evil.

An intelligent, amusing lightweight, if you got nothing better to do. Mainly for the aging male population. One might see it as a companion volume to the Bucket List movie, making old geezers chuckle about their friends' difficulties.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 5 stars !!!!! 16 de octubre de 2015
Por no fuss no muss just what I need Great ! - Publicado en
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas True Masterpiece 30 de octubre de 2000
Por Harrison Wein - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura
"Karoo" portrays a character with no core, a gambit which could easily become tiresome. But this book is more than a great portrait of a self-destructive character, which it certainly is. It manages to be a deep, thoughtful and heartfelt meditation on our media culture and how it affects our lives. Even the way "Karoo" is written challenges the way we accept the simplistic portrayals of life that bombard us daily. Often in life there is no neat resolution. This narrative, likewise, constantly confounds our expectations, just as life constantly confounds Saul Karoo's. Nothing is neat in this book, and we never know what to expect next. Minor characters come and go. Plot lines are left dangling. Things don't work out. Still we follow Karoo through his ill-fated plans and still we care for him. And Tesich makes it all make sense somehow.
Something of a post-modern "Babbitt" (Tesich does mention that novel's author, Sinclair Lewis, late in the book), the power and depth of this book are considerable. I couldn't recommend it more highly. It's a shame that Steve Tesich is no longer with us to give us more thought-provoking, relevant fiction like "Karoo".
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Well worth the read 24 de abril de 2001
Por Jessica A. Miller - Publicado en
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It took me more than one shot to get through this book, but I was glad I did. I think that the hopelessness of the main character made it difficult to get into at first--it was hard to like him, and a little difficult to care what happened to him. But once I got into the story, I truly enjoyed it. Tesich does an amazing job of filling a book with characters that aren't really all that likeable--he puts you inside their heads and shows you their motivations. They are all full of crap, but they convince themselves that their motives are pure--this can be laughable and completely disheartening at the same time. The story gained momentum, and (knowing that it couldn't possibly end well) I was torn between digging my heels in and letting myself get swept up. The ending left me feeling like I was trying to swallow cotton balls. It was a redemption story without the redemption, a portrait of a possibly souless man...I highly recommend this book, but not to anyone who's looking for a warm-fuzzy feeling about humankind.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Buy it, Steal it, Read it! 17 de junio de 2001
Por Bob Sweeney - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura
Quite simply, one of the best books I have read. Tesichs' insights, observations, and descriptions of situations are so disturbingly real, you find yourself alternately hating/loving Saul Karoo, the subject of the novel. Karoo is described as something of an anti-hero, however 'Everyman' would be more apt as I defy anyone who reads this book not to identify with him in any number of situations - some humorous, others poignant, but all of them true to life. Follow the trail of (ex?)alcoholic Karoo from parties to restaurants to meetings and try and NOT see yourself in at least one of these cleverly written pages - some 'laugh out loud', others a bit close to the bone, but always an eye-opener in his slightly surreal world. A real page turner. One of those books that you hate to finish.

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