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ToniWeir, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by ToniWeir)
There isn't anything that isn't in this book. Constantly surprising, and very funny.
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alidalinc, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by alidalinc)
This was both the best and the funniest book I read this year. It's been difficult for me to find literary fiction I relate to that is not depressing. I'm not sure whether that's a commentary on me, the genre, the world, but it's been true since I was an adolescent. This is one of the rare exceptions.

Anyway, it's a sprawling,looping, wide-spanning story that I need to read again.
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jahsieault, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by jahsieault)
A modern day Don Quixote!
This is without a doubt the funniest book I have read since childhood. It is also extremely philosophical. I read it twice and bought it for three friends. I read interviews with the author and read every book he listed as an inspiration, but nothing compares. I only hope this book finds the commercial success it deserves.
Read it and laugh!
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Adam Schafer, January 7, 2011 (view all comments by Adam Schafer)
This is one of the craziest f-ing books I've ever read. It is reminiscent of a John Irving novel- only with Australian murder in place of wrestling.
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Joseph Cloyd, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Joseph Cloyd)
This isn't only one of the best books I've read during 2010, it has to be one of the best novels I've read in my entire life, and I've read quite a bit. "A Fraction of the Whole" is an incredibly smart book full of plot twists and black humor that give writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Kennedy O'Toole, and Louis-Ferdiand Céline a run for their money.
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ISBN:
9780385521734
Author:
Toltz, Steve
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
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8 x 5.15 x 1.25 in .9 lb

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Product details 576 pages Spiegel & Grau - English 9780385521734 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A Fraction of the Whole is brilliant. It's hysterically funny yet profound. Themes of philosophy and literature, life and love, madness and creativity abound. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of Toltz's debut novel. Perfectly absorbing with richly developed characters and depth.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the heart of this sprawling, dizzying debut from a quirky, assured Australian writer are two men: Jasper Dean, a judgmental but forgiving son, and Martin, his brilliant but dysfunctional father. Jasper, in an Australian prison in his early 20s, scribbles out the story of their picaresque adventures, noting cryptically early on that '[m]y father's body will never be found.' As he tells it, Jasper has been uneasily bonded to his father through thick and thin, which includes Martin's stint managing a squalid strip club during Jasper's adolescence; an Australian outback home literally hidden within impenetrable mazes; Martin's ill-fated scheme to make every Australian a millionaire; and a feverish odyssey through Thailand's menacing jungles. Toltz's exuberant, looping narrative — thick with his characters' outsized longings and with their crazy arguments — sometimes blows past plot entirely, but comic drive and Toltz's far-out imagination carry the epic story, which puts the two (and Martin's own nemesis, his outlaw brother, Terry) on an irreverent roller-coaster ride from obscurity to infamy. Comparisons to Special Topics in Calamity Physics are likely, but this nutty tour de force has a more tender, more worldly spin." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This hilarious, sneaky smart first novel is as big and rangy as Australia....Toltz salts it all with uproarious ruminations on freedom, the soul, love, death, and the meaning of life. This is one rampaging and irresistible debut."
"Review" by , "Hold on tight because you are about to ride a juggernaut of words, where things will go by very quickly and you better pay attention... The real pleasure in reading this book is the pace and the language. What Toltz has done masterfully is have his way with every aspect of modern life. He racks 'em up and knocks 'em down with a laser wit, a fine turn of phrase and a devastatingly funny outlook on everything human."
"Review" by , "Rollicking...laugh-out-loud funny."
"Review" by , "[R]iotously funny....A Fraction of the Whole is a sort of Voltaire-meets-Vonnegut tale....The pages teem with elaborate word pictures....This author's throaty howl sounds more like music than despair."
"Review" by , "[T]hat rarest of long books — utterly worth it....This book is witty and intellectual, a physical comedy and literary rant all at once....All 544 pages are so comically dark and inviting that you have no choice but to step into its icy wake."
"Review" by , "Combines the hilarious high-low reference points of early Martin Amis with the annihilating punk inventiveness of Chuck Palahniuk."
"Review" by , "Madcap, exhausting, and true in the way the best lies always are."
"Synopsis" by , A memorable story of a father and son whose spiritual symmetry transcends all their many shortcomings, A Fraction of the Whole is an uproarious indictment of the modern world and its mores.
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