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A Fraction of the Whole


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ISBN13: 9780385521734
ISBN10: 0385521731
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Toltz, Steve
Spiegel & Grau
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2008
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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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