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ISBN13: 9780679720768
ISBN10: 0679720766
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Staff Pick

If Bukowski wrote less like Hemingway and more like Nabokov you might get Exley. Or you might get a headache. What Exley did for me was really spell out some of the reasons for being an alcoholic/drug user. He manages to pinpoint his own reasons for misery without making that the point of the book. He tells a great story about what it's like to be a watcher, a fan, and how we come to be at peace with the symptoms of "Nevergonnamakeitbig." As part of the MTV generation and a target of the force-fed dreams of stardom funneled down my throat, I can really relate to the emotions that football, basketball, and other sports aroused in the baby boomer generation — not to say that sports-feeding ever stopped. After reading his biography, Misfit: The Strange Life of Frederick Exley (by Jonathan Yardley), I came to the conclusion that Exley tried his best to write about what he knew and added some "fiction" to make his own life more interesting. A Fan's Notes speaks to the overwhelming desire to "be somebody" and the endless excuses as to why you "can't right now."
Recommended by J.P., Powells.com

This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self-professed failure's nightmarish descent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair. One of the few books that truly captures what it means to be an obsessed sports fan, A Fan's Notes is the perfect book for football season.
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Frederick Exley's inimitable "fictional memoir" A Fan's Notes has assumed the status of a classic since its first publication in 1968. Mordantly and poignantly, Exley describes the profound failures of his life — professional, sexual, and personal. His attempts to find a place for himself in an unaccommodating world take him from the University of Southern California to Chicago — where he meets the dangerously seductive, lovely Bunny Sue Allorgee — to New York City's Greenwich Village saloons, and back to Watertown, his hometown in upstate New York, where he spends months on his mother's living room davenport watching television before undergoing shock treatment at Avalon Valley hospital. Between bars, women, and jobs, Exley exercises his obsession with the New York Giants and their great halfback Frank Gifford, until he at last realizes his life's ambition: writing A Fan's Notes.

Review:

"Mr. Exley is a very good writer...there's a lot of wit and bravado in this book, but it's more painful than funny." The Nation

Review:

"A Fan's Notes is strong, beautiful, American, one of a kind." Kurt Vonnegut

Review:

"A singularyly moving, entertaining, funny book." New York Times

Review:

"Writers of every kind of aesthetic and cultural persuasion talk about it with one another, and press it on their friends to read....When I urge A Fan's Notes on a friend who asks what is it about? or what is it like? I say read it, just read it." Geoffrey Wolff, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"A welcome reminder of what the basic business of literature and of living really is. All fans of art and life should read it." Jack Kroll, Newsweek

Synopsis:

This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair.

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John Ginnetti, November 6, 2008 (view all comments by John Ginnetti)
As Paul Simon might have had it: "Where Have You Gone Frederick Exley?" Now, when we need you. As a depressed person and a recovering alcoholic, I first read this book in 1971. And loved it. Back then I wasn't quite sure why I found it so moving except for the fact that is was great writing. Now as a 50-something I am rereading it for the umpteenth time and finally seeing the connections (although I'm not such a big football fan as Exley was). Exley followed up with Pages From A Cold Island and Last Notes From Home. Pages is not bad, Last Notes not so good, but A Fan's Notes will always rank at the top in my pantheon of wonderful and satisfying reads. RIP Fred.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679720768
Author:
Exley, Frederick
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Health and physical education
Subject:
Football stories
Subject:
Football fans.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
t. 16
Publication Date:
19880831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.06x5.18x.73 in. .65 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If Bukowski wrote less like Hemingway and more like Nabokov you might get Exley. Or you might get a headache. What Exley did for me was really spell out some of the reasons for being an alcoholic/drug user. He manages to pinpoint his own reasons for misery without making that the point of the book. He tells a great story about what it's like to be a watcher, a fan, and how we come to be at peace with the symptoms of "Nevergonnamakeitbig." As part of the MTV generation and a target of the force-fed dreams of stardom funneled down my throat, I can really relate to the emotions that football, basketball, and other sports aroused in the baby boomer generation — not to say that sports-feeding ever stopped. After reading his biography, Misfit: The Strange Life of Frederick Exley (by Jonathan Yardley), I came to the conclusion that Exley tried his best to write about what he knew and added some "fiction" to make his own life more interesting. A Fan's Notes speaks to the overwhelming desire to "be somebody" and the endless excuses as to why you "can't right now."

"Staff Pick" by ,

This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self-professed failure's nightmarish descent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair. One of the few books that truly captures what it means to be an obsessed sports fan, A Fan's Notes is the perfect book for football season.

"Review" by , "Mr. Exley is a very good writer...there's a lot of wit and bravado in this book, but it's more painful than funny."
"Review" by , "A Fan's Notes is strong, beautiful, American, one of a kind."
"Review" by , "A singularyly moving, entertaining, funny book."
"Review" by , "Writers of every kind of aesthetic and cultural persuasion talk about it with one another, and press it on their friends to read....When I urge A Fan's Notes on a friend who asks what is it about? or what is it like? I say read it, just read it."
"Review" by , "A welcome reminder of what the basic business of literature and of living really is. All fans of art and life should read it."
"Synopsis" by , This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair.
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