Exit Nothing

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
a novel by Pat King: more information can be found at www.kuboapress.wordpress.com
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Eric Jeitner reviewed on July 7, 2014

An engaging read. I like the non-chronological drift of the narrative and the direct, sometimes terse voice of the narrator. A very flawed, very believable character.
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blobmonster reviewed on Jan. 1, 2014

This is a fun and warm short novel. The first chapter or two are a little deceptive - the vibe is dreamy and gothy. Then the tone changes and things get more rollicking. I was reminded of the honest, straight-up style of "Jesus' Son" (Denis Johnson), and maybe "Praise" (Andrew McGahan).

The narrative is not chronological and consists of short adventures taken arbitrarily from the young narrator's life. He loves two cities - Philadelphia and Balitmore, and two girls - Anne and Kaye. The other recurring character is a guy known only as the "Mad Poet".

My only criticism is that despite a lot of drinking and smoking the story still feels a little light and fluffy. I would have liked to see a bit more grime and craziness. On the other hand it was refreshing to read about a guy who likes to go to poetry readings with his girlfriends.

five stars!
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Hidden Clearing Books, LLC reviewed on April 4, 2012

I love this book. Reads like a melancholy love story involving a guy and women and cities. The narrative doesn't flow in chronological order, but it works well. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me think.
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