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Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man Paperback – Jan 1 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; 3 Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892284561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892284563
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,602,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Master mystery writer Block has dabbled in his time in many genres, and early in his career, back in 1971, he published a handful of paperback erotic novels under a pseudonym; this is one of them. He wanted, he says, to have fun with an epistolary novel, and this is written entirely in the form of letters by a fired magazine editor, Larry Clarke, to his former wife, his previous employers, his previous wife's lover and so on. Block's knack of keeping things moving was prodigious even then, and the novel is a rapid and often amusing read, in which Larry Clarke takes sharp potshots at all and sundry, to often delicious effect. The erotic part is less successful, however; Larry (Clarke or Block) was under the impression, common to pornographers, that women crave anal penetration, which makes some of the sex scenes rather distasteful and far from aphrodisiac in effect. It's an interesting glimpse, nonetheless, of the early skills of one of our great noir stylists. (Feb.)

Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3082bd0) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30d590c) out of 5 stars Ronald Rabbit Out Lolita's Lolita Oct. 4 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book answers the question, what if Woody Allen wrote Lolita. And, what if Lolita had a bunch of 15 & 16 year old bisexual friends who picked up a despondent writer on the worst day of his life, and giving it a 180 degree spin. Written in letter form, this is one of the most delightfully manipulative books I've ever read. It is very funny, clever and sexy. And guys, the ladies love it too, unless you are dating the next Mother Theresa. Enjoy it. I did. M.L.Kelly
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30d5d5c) out of 5 stars Not bad at all Sept. 9 2012
By Bemused Prof - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have long been a big fan of Lawrence Block, but I have begun to learn that when he says that he wrote a lot of junk early in his career, that we should believe him. He did. I thought I would read anything he ever wrote, and mostly have, but I have been unable to read several of his early books. This one was supposed to be an exception, and it was. It is interesting to read critiques of our society about the progressive influence of pornography on our culture. This book was written by Block, he claims, as a piece of pornography, or at least as far out as he could get in those days and still get published (if not sold). I have read a lot of so-called "chick lit" today that is more graphic and detailed, along with quite a bit of mainstream work. The book itself is certainly written to appeal to men, and is about a man hit by a variety of setbacks: the loss of a job and a relationship and a bank account simultaneously. Recently, Charlie Carillo has recently written a wonderful book about men, guilt, and the same issues (Raising Jake), without much mention of sex at all. Block goes for humor and this one succeeds too, to a lesser degree. While none of it might make a lot of sense if you are literal minded, the lead character writes extravagant letters that convinces everyone in his life to do exactly what he wants: girlfriend, ex-wife, best friend, former employer, and of course any female he takes a fancy to. It isn't a great book, or maybe even a good one, but I found it well worth wasting the stereotypical day at the beach with.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30d5c78) out of 5 stars An extremely witty, can't-put-it-down book! Nov. 1 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book back in the mid-70's, as I made one of the greatest reading discoveries of my life. Simply put, it is funny and engaging, with some unexpected twists along the way. Definitely a good trip to go along on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30d90d8) out of 5 stars A naughty little book that went unnoticed Dec 9 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book about 25 years ago. My roommate and I giggled and laughed and thought this was the funniest book ever written. Nothing else written by Lawrence Block that I have read even comes close to hinting at the warped, devlish sense of humour found in this book. If you can find it, buy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30d5d44) out of 5 stars Who knew? Lawrence is a very funny man! July 6 2012
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Back in the early `60s, at the dawn of his writing career, Block -- one of the best suspense and mystery novelists in the business -- turned out a handful of pseudonymous erotic novels to pay the bills. When his "real" books began to sell, he drifted away from that line of work until 1971, when he thought he'd give it another shot, this time under his own name, and that he would do it in the epistolary style, like Richardson's _Pamela,_ but with several voices. The result contains a lot of "dirty" words though I don't regard it as especially erotic, by today's harder-core standards. It is, however, very, very funny in an unapologetically crude way. Laurence (with a U) Clarke (with an E) was hired to edit a children's magazine but after a couple of months (and absolutely through no fault of his) the magazine folded, but the publisher didn't seem to notice that Laurence was still around. Six months later, he's still drawing his salary and spending his days reading in his office -- quietly, so as not to draw attention to himself. Finally, the boss notices he never charges anything to his expense account and the jig is up. And on the same day he gets the sack, his second wife leaves him. For his best friend. And empties out the savings account. And his first wife sends him a letter demanding payment of back alimony. The single worst day of his life, right? But Laurence is a gleefully manipulative maniac with a typewriter, and he still has access to the office Xerox machine, and he knows how to get even. (But he's so engaging, even his enemies find they can't hate him.) And then there's the abundantly endowed secretary of his late employer, just waiting to be liberated. And the six teenage girls from the convent school, who are already delightfully liberated and who enjoy the attentions of the Mad Poet. This is not a terribly long book -- Block wrote it in four days, or (he says) it wrote itself -- and it would be the perfect thing to take on your next plane trip. But don't giggle too loudly or you'll worry the stewardess. It's kind of a shame Block is too successful now to write more books in this delightfully unbuttoned style.

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