LilyRose, March 1, 2010 (view all comments by LilyRose)
It is an excellent book, but I had to stop reading it late at night. It was giving me nightmares, and I am not sure why - maybe because everything was just so darn cruddy.
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Anthony Hudson, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by Anthony Hudson)
While the story may venture into bleak and terrifying places, "Cruddy" is absolutely beautiful. Set in the '60's and '70's it charts two separate adventures of a girl named either Roberta or Clyde in a world of drugs, insanity, negligence, filth, and a wannabe-bully named Vicky Talluso. It's as if Lynda Barry put "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Tideland," and Neil Young into a blender and made the resulting mixture an extra 100% hilarious.
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ramaza_goast, February 23, 2007 (view all comments by ramaza_goast)
This is a very well told tale that has stuck with me for the past two years. with a Pierce Anthony sense of adventuer and hummer. And a Clive Barker like charicter develupment it is a book worth reading.
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by Burnside Genre Team,
Cartoonist Lynda Barry proves to be a formidable writer with this novel of teen alienation. Shocking, outlandish violence is balanced by lyrical, insightful prose. Cruddy is a homicidal road story, a coming-of-age tale, and a meditation on adolescence and uncertainty.
by Burnside Genre Team
by Heidi Bell, Salon,
"Barry is an expert in the too-often neglected vernacular of working-class childhood in urban America, and Roberta, with her haunting and often jubilant voice, is a typical Barry kid, screwed by circumstance but still searching for integrity. Cruddy adds to Barry's already impressive body of work another fine novel that is tender, goofy, scary and thrilling."
by Joe Garden, Onion.com,
"Cutting across two narratives, Roberta's story is an engrossing voyage through trash America and the bleak futures native to it....Cruddy is a superbly executed book with turns that surprise and thrill, and with an ambiguous ending that leaves equal room for hope and despair.
Roberta Rohbeson begins her book in 1971, in what starts out as a drug-fueled teenage rant that gradually fades into the story of two cross-country trips she made with her father five years earlier — a story she has kept to herself since she was found wandering the desert covered with blood. Illustrations.
On a September night in 1971, a few days after getting busted for dropping acid, a sixteen-year-old curls up in the corner of her ratty bedroom and begins to write. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Now the truth can finally be revealed about the mysterious day long ago when the authorities found a child, calmly walking in the boiling desert, covered with blood.andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The girl is Roberta Rohbeson, and her rant against a world bounded by "the cruddy top bedroom of a cruddy rental house on a very cruddy mud road" soon becomes a detailed account of another story, one that she has kept silent since she was eleven. andlt;BRandgt; Darkly funny and resonant with humanity, andlt;Iandgt;Cruddy,andlt;/Iandgt; masterfully intertwines Roberta's stories — part andlt;Iandgt;Easy Riderandlt;/Iandgt; and part bipolar andlt;Iandgt;Wizard of Oz.andlt;/Iandgt; These stories, the backbone of Roberta's short life, include a one-way trip across America fueled by revenge and greed and a vivid cast of characters, starring Roberta's dangerous father, the owners of the Knocking Hammer Bar-cum-slaughterhouse, and runaway adolescents. With a teenager's eye for freakish detail and a nervous ability to make the most horrible scenes seem hilarious, andlt;Iandgt;Cruddyandlt;/Iandgt; is a stunning achievement.
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