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A Fraction of the Whole [Hardcover]

Steve Toltz
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Piece of Australian Modern Fiction July 6 2013
I picked this book up on a recommendation of a friend and did not put it down for a week. It captivated me as a 20-something year old reader and I felt personally connected with the story. Not to mention it's written with it's tongue firmly in cheek, but that doesn't mean that it took any brevity from it's more emotional scenes. This book for me, was the first Australian work of modern fiction that didn't have me cringing through out it. The unfortunate truth about most Australian books is that they are terribly Australian, or perhaps they over compensate in their attempt to make it. Steve Toltz's work seems to recreate effortlessly the Australian characters and ethos that actually exists within the country. In terms of an modern fiction novel that deals with modern Australia, this book is on point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a favorite Dec 15 2013
This book's characters have some extremely clever, thoroughly original and funny philosophical opinions and it's very well written. I read one book after another and often forget the plots soon after but this book has stayed with me. It became a bit convoluted towards the end but I really enjoyed it, continue to recommend it to people and frequently check for new writing from Tolz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read March 22 2010
This book was up for a Booker Prize and in my opinion well worth it. It is a rare read that can make you laugh out loud, and this one delivered. A Monty Python-esque humour runs through this story. The scenes are well described without being bogged down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read Aug. 27 2010
This book was an excellent read. The characters in this book were exciting and the story was always on the move. I cannot wait for his next novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars non-original pulp fiction Jan. 30 2010
If you like literature then this book is not for you. It is badly written, unoriginal, predictable and the characters are one dimensional stereotypes( ex. the criminal with the heart of gold etc.) It has the feel of a Hollywood script. I had to stop reading about a third of the way through. If on the other hand you like pulp fiction by novelists such as Stephen King, Clancy, Dan Brown and the like you may hold a different opinion of this ( for me ) very forgettable book
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