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Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man [Paperback]

Lawrence Block

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; 3 Reprint edition (January 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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,059,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

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.)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronald Rabbit Out Lolita's Lolita Oct. 4 1998
By A Customer - Published on
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all Sept. 9 2012
By Bemused Prof - Published on
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely witty, can't-put-it-down book! Nov. 1 1999
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A naughty little book that went unnoticed Dec 9 1998
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexual Healing Oct. 26 2012
By BJ Fraser - Published on
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This is a good read for fans of "50 Shades of Grey." If you thought that book was groundbreaking, Block's novel came out in 1971. Do the math there. It's a huge departure from the crime novels of Block's I've read recently like "The Girl with the Long Green Heart," "Grifter's Game," and "Hit Man."

The story takes place through a series of letters, most written by one Laurence Clarke. On the same day Laurence's wife leaves him for his best friend, his bosses at his publisher finally figure out he's been "stowing away" in their company for the better part of a year, doing nothing but reading in his office all that time. It's like in "Office Space" where he was supposed to be fired but no one got around to telling him, so he just kept coming in and getting paid.

These devastating events turn out to be Laurence's liberation. While on a bender he meets a group of teenage girls who've snuck out of their Catholic school. What they end up doing would break a number of laws. Eventually he finds a new woman and woos her with some kinky sex. His greatest triumphs are at the end when he manages to play matchmaker for his ex-wives and best friend and in the process solve several dilemmas at once.

If you're prudish or squeamish it's easy to hate this novel. It's pretty graphic and descriptive about things like anal and oral sex. At the same time, Laurence is so delightfully cunning and "evil" that I enjoyed rooting for the "bad guy." And hey, if your sex life is lacking, there might be some good tips in there.

That is all.

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