5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Couldn't disagree more with Aaron from Chicago. I found this book to be a knock your socks off stunner. This book exposes a side of "maleness" that most men wouldn't dare show. Think of a man who is desperate to be in love, cannot function without a relationship and is in a constant state of anxiety. Sounds like the stereotype that is put forth about women,...
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by Janice Eagen
3.0 out of 5 stars The Purest of Bastards
This chance can come to us only from you, do you hear me? Do you understand me? ... And me, the purest of bastards, leaving bastards of all kinds just about everywhere.
Published on Nov. 7 2003
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising amount of heart, 4.5 stars,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)This novel reminded me of Nelson Algren's "Walk On the Wild Side." Lasner (refreshingly!) takes risks, some of which pay off and some of which fall flat. His biggest risk is in creating a thoroughly unlikable narrator (and naming that narrator after himself).
At the beginning of the novel, "Robert Lasner" exudes a creepy, semi-sociopathic vibe. By the end of the novel, as he shuttles back and forth between "Winnesota" and New York, I began to feel something verging on empathy for this character.
I appreciated that Lasner let his characters breathe. He didn't beat me over the head with a forced plot and a forced march toward some life-affirming epiphany. I suspect it has to do with his awareness that characters are more important than story. The characters motivate the drama, not the other way around.
Lasner whips up many jazzy riffs. Mostly, the riffs work. (pg 168: I didn't want any "direction" in my life, didn't want to go anywhere but nowhere--every attempt I had made in my life to go "somewhere" had led nowhere, so I figured that if I tried to go "nowhere," maybe I would end up somewhere.)
He's too much in love with bad puns and alliteration for my taste. And he has a tendency to overuse crutch words, such as starting sentences with "Well..." and pounding the reader over the head with "real" (as an adjective) and "thus." But this sort of criticism is nitpicking. So I'll shut up about it.
Buy this book and support the indy press. I did, and I am anything but disappointed.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Purest of Bastards,
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This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)This chance can come to us only from you, do you hear me? Do you understand me? ... And me, the purest of bastards, leaving bastards of all kinds just about everywhere.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)Couldn't disagree more with Aaron from Chicago. I found this book to be a knock your socks off stunner. This book exposes a side of "maleness" that most men wouldn't dare show. Think of a man who is desperate to be in love, cannot function without a relationship and is in a constant state of anxiety. Sounds like the stereotype that is put forth about women, right? That is what makes this such a one of a kind read--you see feelings expressed by a man that most men would deny they even have--and certainly wouldn't show if they did.
I found Lasner's descriptions of his emotions and vulnerabilities deeply affeting. And yes, I loved the references to Joyce that are snuck into the book.
I think that the problem some people have with this book is that it is offensive, and thus they criticize it in order to deal with their own feelings of being offended. Yes, the book does have a hard edge, and the "confessional" tone does make for many uncomfortable moments for both writer and reader. But overall, I think that this novel is an all too rare example in today's publishing marketplace of a book with a heart, albeit a broken one.
1.0 out of 5 stars bad,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)I'm glad i read this for free in the bookstore. Though i can sympathize with a lot of the author's sentiments, he doesn't tell me anything i don't already know or even do anything interesting with the writing aside from a few (VERY few) moments of decent description. But even in these sections he's a hack, and there are plenty of better ones out there. He is NOT a new-age poet or an amazing writer like some other reviewers have said- stylistically, this guy doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Kerouac, or even Henry Miller, and his allusions to Joyce unintentionally get the biggest laughs in the book. At one point he rips off the last paragraph of "The Dead" (poorly) and then tries to metaphorically connect the snowfall to his own tears. And half the book is taken up with throwaway repetitions like "why did I love her? Why was she being like this? I loved her. I didn't. I did." If you think this guy's good, or if you think that he's pioneering some kind of new "conversational/confessional" approach to literature, you need to read more. If you like this book for its witty harshness and misanthropy, read Hunter S. Thompson and then find your way back to Miller. If you like the soul-baring confessional aspect, you can read Dave Eggers, but should eventually find your way back to any number of superior writers. This book isn't innovation; it's not even good imitation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Wild!,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)A wild ride across the U.S.A. in the tradition of Kerouac, FFS is the tale of a twenty-something who seems to fall for the worst women he can find. While the story is a bit over the top, the passionate prose and intense exploration of emotion will make you acutely feel the narrator's joys and sorrows. Not for people who don't enjoy the F word (and other such terms) liberally sprinkled throughout their books, the novel is still a fascianting addition to today's literary landscape. While other hot, young authors try to impress you with their detached, hipper than thou prose, Lasner's book is one that will really offend your sensibilities, in the best way possible.
5.0 out of 5 stars The new direction of literature--or at least it should be,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)I was blown away by this book, an exciting mixture of pathos, humor and despair. The narrator lets you inside his head--and gut--as he recounts in a no holds barred style his encounters with three women.
While the book is very much in your face--hence the title--there is a sweet, almost desperate vibe that runs through the work which helps you to feel the narrator's pain and hopelessness at his own situation, one of, ironically, his own creation. I won't give away the ending, but instead of a tidy resolution, there is a realistic look at what it means to be in love, and how life often does not go the way we plan it to. Excellent book from what I believe to be a first-time author.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not interesting enough to be annoying,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)In the words of Dave Eggers, "...the lives of people in their early twenties... are very difficult to make interesting, even when they seemed interesting to those living them at the time." After 200 pages, I still couldn't care less about the narrator or the people in his life. If this is where American literature is headed, then the national average must be an 8th grade reading level and a 10th grade sophistication. There is nothing interesting whatsoever about this novel. To potential readers, spend your 15 bucks elsewhere, for example, on Nick Hornsby or Charles Bukowski.
1.0 out of 5 stars why,
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This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)why is this book listed under lesbian fiction? The book is for males.
5.0 out of 5 stars lasner is god,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)i bought this book because it was for some ungodly reason connected by people to confederacy of dunces, other than new orleans there is no connection. but there is something much better, the best description of the longing and frustration of modern long distance relationships. from the diminishing phone calls to imagined and real trysts of your far away beloved, lasner captures the anguish perfectly. he reveals in his eponymous hero the fears and questions that we often keep hidden from our loved ones. and in the end although nothing really matters all we really want is to be wanted.
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly Daring,
This review is from: For Fucks Sake (Paperback)I don't think there are many books like this today. Most fiction that I read has easy characters, easy events, easy endings. This book does not. The narrator--who shares the same name as the author--spends 300 odd pages spilling his soul about some "troublesome" relationships he has been in. You may love him or hate him, but I couldn't deny that this book was a powerful statement, like a man in the confessional booth. I happened to find the language in the novel imaginative and original, with a music to it that is very affecting. Is this book for everyone? No. But those of you who have been in desperate situations, in love with someone whom you know in your soul to be the wrong person, will identify with everything that is said here. Lasner has an original voice, and I hope writes more in the future. I would like to see where he goes.
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For Fucks Sake by Robert Lasner (Paperback - July 1 2003)
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