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86'd

A Novel
By: Dan Fante
Narrated by: Don Hagen
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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In Los Angeles, struggling telemarketer-writer and part-time drunk Bruno Dante is jobless again. The publication of his book of short stories has been put off indefinitely. Searching the want ads for a gig, he finds a chauffeur job. When Bruno calls the number in the ad, he discovers the boss is his former Manhattan employer David Koffman, who is opening a West Coast branch of his thriving limo service. Koffman hires Bruno as resident manager of Dav-Ko Hollywood under one condition: He must remain sober.

But instant business success triggers an abrupt booze-and-blackout-soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his own madness as he struggles to keep his old familiar demons from getting the best of him yet again.

©2009 Dan Fante (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

Critic Reviews

"Readers who don’t hang up... won’t be able to stop listening." ( New York Times)
“Told in a free-flowing narrative style that features a number of memorable characters, Fante’s novel is dark, bleak, gritty, and inventively vulgar. It’s also honest, painful, and occasionally tender.” ( Booklist)
“Fante’s voice is strong, fun, smart and edgy and it makes 86’d a great read.” ( San Francisco Book Review)

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I didn't get too far into this book, excessive use of cuss words is just lazy writing. They should be used to really highlight a particular point of view, thought, subject, emotion, etc. if absolutely necessary. When they are used so often, they loose all impact. I can't rate this book officially because of this writing style. The subject matter was intreguing though. Maybe I will revisit it one day.

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not a bukowski

i lived it and finished quickly. but it is not a bukowski. it is missing the Oscar W. type details and descriprions which makes a difference in underground lit.

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