The One-eyed Man

The One-eyed Man

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Ron Currie's three previous works of fiction have dazzled readers and critics alike with their originality, audacity, and psychological insight. A writer of unique vision and huge imagination, Currie excels at creating complex, troubled, yet endearing characters, and his work has won comparison to everyone from Kurt Vonnegut to George Saunders. K., the intriguing narrator of Currie's new novel, joins the ranks of other great American literary creations who show us something new about ourselves. Like Jack Gladney from White Noise, K. is possessed of a hyper-articulate exasperation with the world, and like Ignatius J. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces , he is a doomed truth teller whom everyone misunderstands. After his wife Sarah dies, K. loses his metaphorical capacity, becoming so wedded to the notion of clarity that he infuriates everyone, friends and strangers alike. When he intervenes in an armed robbery, K. finds himself both an inadvertent hero and the star of a new reality television program. Together with Claire, a grocery store clerk with a sharp tongue and a yen for celebrity, he travels the country, ruffling feathers and gaining fame at the intersection of American politics and entertainment. But soon, through a conflagration of biblical proportions, he discovers that the world will fight viciously to preserve its delusions about itself. K.'s quixotic effort to fully understand the world he lives in makes for a singular and engaging novel, one which further establishes Ron Currie's position as one of today's rising stars in fiction.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9780670025350
Branch Call Number: FIC Curri
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 24 cm

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stan_jetton
Oct 31, 2017

i liked Curries pace and style. The first part of the book was different from most and I wondered which way the story would go. Soon some sanity blended into the plot and what had worried me before now had me laughing. Currie is a very intelligent and talented writer. I look forward to his next projects.

rtalps Oct 10, 2017

I love Currie's wit and quirky characters, but the relationships in this book felt a little flat to me. Currie is also usually excellent at balancing funny and melancholy at the same time, but at times the book is too melancholy, even bitter.

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