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Frederick Exley recounts his life as the son of a hero-worshipped high school athlete who is doomed to be a spectator not only of sports, but of life. From irresponsible drifter, to dreamer of impossible dreams, to drunkard, to frequent patient at an insane asylum, Exley carried baggage from his childhood through much of his adult life, never feeling he could escape the dark cloud of expectation that hung over him. When Frank Gifford, former New York Giants backfield star, is injured, Exley is jolted into painful realizations about his life, and a confession.
"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" Independent --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
This book by Exley is up there with Celine, hovering somewhere around third or fourth for my favorite books ever. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2008 by T. Bigney
"A Fan's notes" is a blistering, literate critique of the emptiness of the illusory 'American Dream' told through the eyes of one who longed for, yet at the same time recognized... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2002 by Desmond Curran
I read this book after hearing it referred to as great literature somehow intertwined with the worship of Frank Gifford, the former New York Giant. Read morePublished on April 24 2002 by R. Spell
A miracle that someone could live his life and then write about it - I constantly keep it next to the bed. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2001
Frederick Exley lived a life exemplary of the alcoholic: infantile, irresponsible, and self-loathing. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by "irongiant"
A buddy of mine used to give a Christmas party every year that everyone eagerly looked forward to. The reason was that he, more than anyone else, would get outrageously drunk. Read morePublished on March 31 2001 by Paul McGrath
Jesus, what a book. Exley has written one of the most severe indictments of unfulfilled, unencountered living that I've ever read, short of "The Good Soldier. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000
One of the greatest and most underrated American Novels ever--if I could write like this, I just might. And after it's written, that's all there is.Published on Aug. 26 2000