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Downtown Owl


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ISBN13: 9781416544180
ISBN10: 1416544186
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Tim Cook, February 26, 2009 (view all comments by Tim Cook)
If you're expecting Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs you will be disappointed. This is Klosterman's first fiction work and while I appreciated his razor sharp pop culture references, I was annoyed by the excessive use of lists throughout the book. I almost abandoned the book a couple of times; I'm glad I didn't, because the ending is fantastic and saved it for me.Quote-right
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Jean Caillie, January 26, 2009 (view all comments by Jean Caillie)
I judged a book by its title (cause I love owls) I was pleasantly surprised. You may have already heard
of Chuck Klosterman. You may have already read something of his. I believe this one, "Downtown Owl" is an obscure addition to his repitoire. You become involved in the lives of three main narrators, Mitch,
Julia and Horace. The story takes place in downtown
Owl in North Dakota, just before an Alberta Clipper is
to hit town. Mitch is a football player for the local High School. Julia is a newly appointed history teacher. Horace is a 73 year old widower. The author has quite a handle on each of their feelings and brings you to a comfortable place where you wish to share a cup of coffee, or a cocktail. The pace is slow in Owl, ND, but Klosterman keeps the reader entangled in the lives of its population
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Klosterman, Chuck
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Four books of nonfiction (Fargo Rock City; Klosterman IV; etc.) and a steady magazine presence have established Klosterman as a pop culture writer known for his air-quotes wit. There's plenty of that sensibility in his first novel, and fans and detractors alike may be pleasantly surprised to find Klosterman delving beneath the quirky surfaces of Owl, N. Dak., the 'overtly idyllic' but 'paradoxically menacing' town that provides a perfect backdrop for the author's sense of humor. (The time in which the novel takes place — 1983, an era of Def Leppard and feathered hair — tickles the author's love of the vapid.) The book shifts perspective among three Owl residents: Mitch, a smart teenager who's 'not clutch' on the football field or with girls; Julia, a teacher fresh out of college and discovering an affinity for booze and beaus; and Horace, a widower whose life revolves around coffee and bull sessions. Though no single narrative line binds the three — the event that ultimately unites them is a creaking deus ex machina — Klosterman creates a satisfying character study and strikes a perfect balance between the funny and the profound. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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