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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Ill edition (Oct. 10 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068483846X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684838465
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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WHEN WE first moved here, the mother took the blue-mirror cross that hung over her bed in our old house and nailed a nail for it in the new bedroom of me and my sister. Read the first page
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By Sheri Lowe on Nov. 15 2013
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This book had a very original storyline.The voice of the main character was absolutely unique. In fact the entire book was unique. I couldn't put it down until I had finished reading it!
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By kerry thorne on Sept. 11 2009
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I had heard the author Lynda Barry in an interview on cbc radio and was inspired to order this book. It was one of the best books i have read in a long time. i loved the style and the content.
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By A Customer on July 13 2004
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This is my new favorite book. Lynda Barry is an incredible writer. I could not put this book down. Amazing story. Amazing character development. Zany and out of this world insane, but as real as the wart on my dog's butt. If I had a dirt speck of this woman's talent, I would die happy.
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By BarkLessWagMore on April 1 2004
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This is a very difficult book to put down or soon forget. I've read a lot of ugly things in my life but this book touches on a deeper level because of this young child's age and the horrors she endures daily in her truly "cruddy" life. If it weren't so darned sad when thought about it'd be almost funny. Wish this book had been around when I was 14 or so and my own life may not have looked quite so bleak to me after having read it. The author has a knack for digging into an adolescent's mind and really brings that painful period of time of young adulthood (those ugly years when one is 13 - 17) alive in a brilliantly, devastating way.
The cruelties continue to the very last page. Somehow I wasn't left feeling depressed but actually relieved at the eventual outcome. I can't say it was an altogether enjoyable reading experience, although I did laugh out loud a few times, but I sure couldn't stop turning the pages. The illustrations completely capture the feel of the book. Recommended to the strong of stomach.
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By A Customer on Nov. 25 2003
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...I'm sorry, I don't love this one. Far from it. I guess the writing was fairly good, but I was left cold, empty, and upset by it.
I know not to expect hearts and flowers - and I wouldn't want them anyway. Something that impresses me about Lynda's work is her capturing of a certain type of gritty verite prevalent in the 70s. Lynda's cartoons have always included a fair amount of despair in that particular 70s fashion (sex, drugs, hopelessness, ruin) - to be contrasted with things of simple beauty, the whole of which makes cartoons that really ring true. I've been a fan of her comics for the last 15 years, at least.
"Cruddy", however, freaks me out beyond description. It takes this type of verite to an extreme. It has a sensibility that is just TOO gritty, TOO nihilistic, TOO steeped in the sense that tomorrow doesn't exist at all, for me to be comfortable with. I have trouble with this. I was surprised because I enjoy edgy stuff, I read a lot of underground comix, I enjoy women writers, and I really dig "weird". I did not, however, dig this.
Granted, if you enjoy (or at least don't mind) a "no-hope" feeling to your fiction, then you will probably enjoy it very much. I'm surprised at the amount of really great reviews, and I'm wondering if I missed something - or if a relentless undercurrent (and overcurrent) of horror and hopelessness really can be attractive.
Personally, I feel that the end doesn't justify the means, here. I know I'm in the minority, and that's fine, but I just wanted to let folks know that this book will not appeal to all lovers of edgy fiction. Caveat lector.
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The writing in this book is fantastic. This author's approach is far from most; the protagonist sees the ugly instead of the beauty in everything (hence the title). The book is fascinating in the way a car wreck is fascinating. You keep reading because you are engrossed in the disturbing details and plot, but at the end there is no substance beyond entertainment.
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By Douglas King on Sept. 22 2003
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I really enjoyed this book. I think people have a habit of idealizing childhood once they grow up, and forgetting how confusing, painful and even horrible it can be, especially when the adults who inhabit your world are abusive, dysfunctional, and even insane. Cruddy is a novel about a young girl doing her best to survive under such circumstances. It's part fairy tale, part horror, part John Waters film, and part Huckleberry Finn. But above all else, it's a really good read.
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Although I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I do not believe it is possible to hate Cruddy as much as the disatisfied reader from Dayton, Ohio. I have encouraged many readers to read Cruddy, and have not once let them down.. until he read it. It is true, it was I who recommeded Cruddy to this shameful individual. But I suppose everything is fifty fifty in retrospect. And he, in an act of true revenge has posted a negative review online because he is hell bent on ruining the one thing that I love. Cruddy is amazing, and no exlove interest of mine should tell you differently. Read the book. True plus magical love equals freedom.
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