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Mean Boy Hardcover – Feb 21 2006


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 21 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038565975X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385659758
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2006

Mean Boy will make you laugh out loud.” —The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)

Mean Boy is catchy and imaginative, harrowing, yet richly humourous, a rewarding piece of fiction from one of Canada’s most original writers.” —The London Free Press

“The atmosphere Coady evokes is pungently realistic, bolstered by hilarious set-piece scenes…. Mean Boy succeeds as a wonderful portrait of a university town and university life, from the high jinks of students intent on accumulating experience to the pontifical evasions and suggestions of well-meaning professors…. Coady’s portrayal of the jealous tenuousness of friendship, the in-fighting and fierce competitions of the literary world is daring and brilliant. . . . And Coady’s skill as a parodist and prose writer far surpasses poetic pretension. Mean Boy is a tour de force.” —The Globe and Mail

Mean Boy is above all a solid and comical page-turner.” —NOW Magazine

“You don’t have to be a creative writer to in order to appreciate Coady’s skill as a humorist. . . . [Her] writing is tight and fast-paced, and she depicts the dynamics among her characters . . . with a sure hand. . . . An unflinching writer. . . Coady has created yet another impressive work of fiction.” —Toronto Star

“Coady has hit on a vigorous subject in Mean Boy…. [she] renders all this with glee, in a series of set pieces that rambunctiously capture an age — the mid-‘70s— when Canadian literature had more practitioners than readers…. Fun.” —National Post

“Superb…both central characters are utterly memorable and, well, hilarious. A coming-of-age novel, Mean Boy will make you laugh…. [Coady] is a storyteller with a wry comic sense and a wonderfully satirical touch.” — Edmonton Journal (CanWest News Service)

“Coady explores the sometimes uneasy relationship between art and academia . . . with a polish and razor-sharp wit that takes no prisoners…. With its polished and authentic writing, Mean Boy is guaranteed to garner attention at this year’s major book awards. If somehow you’ve missed Coady’s earlier work, start right now with this one.” — Calgary Herald

Mean Boy is a wonderfully savage rip on the world of academia where professor-poets backstab, students write puerile poetry…and tenure is granted or denied by succintly portrayed stuffed shirts. If you have ever taken a creative writing course, you will alternately laugh, cry and blush. For those of you not conversant with the bad boys of poetry, hang on and simply enjoy.” —The Sun Times (Owen Sound)

“This is a brilliant book, a probing and often hilarious satire of the pretensions of university life and the elitist posturing of poetic genius." Books in Canada


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Praise for Lynn Coady:

“Lynn Coady is the best young writer in Canada.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

“It’s a miracle when a book as good as Lynn Coady’s comes along. Saints of Big Harbour is as good as it gets. . . . Bitterly funny. . . a masterpiece of comic hysteria.”
Calgary Herald

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on April 12 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lynn Coady's satire of a small town university and its even smaller poetry society is a entertaining read. Coady has done her homework and exposed many of the hidden stories and myths of Mount Allison University and one of its former, famous poet/professors, John Thompson.
Mt. A. grads will love the references to Hart Hall and Mel's (not so carefully disguised) etc. and English majors everywhere will cringe with self-recognition at the scenes where Larry tries to explain why poetry is so important to him.
Mean Boy deserves to be read.
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By Kevin A. Ulliac on Nov. 29 2011
Format: Paperback
This novel is one of my favs now. It has moments where I couldn't help but laugh out loud and there were moments where I was so immersed in the book that Id sit down and read for hours, wondering what was going to happen next. The characters are great contemporary style is a breeze to absorb its content. Lynn Coady has an inspiring finesse in her work and makes for a delightful read. This book is sure to have an impact on how you view your childhood heroes as Lawrence, the protagonist, realizes his long time idol is all too human and at times, a mopey narcissistic jerk.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Reid on Feb. 4 2007
Format: Paperback
A very intelligent, evocative story of a small-town character experiencing the emotional tumult of the expanding horizons of leaving home for university. Extremely well written, poignant and occasionally funny, this is an excellent read and well-deserving of the time spent.
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Down Home funny April 25 2006
By M. E. Jeddry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with hilarious Maritimers - you'll recognize them! There are hilarious and heartbreaking moments as one young man's idolatry betrays him inch by inch.

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