The Failure

The Failure The Failure is a picaresque novel set in Los Angeles about two guys who conceive and badly execute a plan to rob a Korean check cashing store in order to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridicu

  • Title: The Failure
  • Author: James Greer
  • ISBN: 9781933354972
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Failure is a picaresque novel set in Los Angeles about two guys who conceive and badly execute a plan to rob a Korean check cashing store in order to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridiculous Internet application James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shThe Failure is a picaresque novel set in Los Angeles about two guys who conceive and badly execute a plan to rob a Korean check cashing store in order to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridiculous Internet application James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shivery smooth literary hat trick cum emotional gotcha I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book s first impression as a ridiculously clever, funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central, overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip This is one stunning piece of work Dennis Cooper, author of Ugly Man James Greer s The Failure is such an unqualified success, both in conception and execution, that I have grave doubts he actually wrote it Steven SoderberghJames Greer is the author of the novel Artificial Light Akashic Books , which won a California Book Award for Best Debut Novel, and the nonfiction book Guided By Voices A Brief History Grove Press , a biography of the band for which he once played bass guitar He is currently working with director Steven Soderbergh on a rock musical about Cleopatra starring Catherine Zeta Jones He lives in Los Angeles.

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    1. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)It's funny that I should read James Greer's The Failure, the latest by the always great Akashic Books, the same week I saw Steven Soderbergh's "lost" 1999 classic The Limey, because they turn out to be eerily similar in both concept and tone; namely, they are both at their hearts fairly standard noir tales, b [...]

    2. This review originally appeared in The FanzineSUCCESS IS NOT AN OPTION"Guy Forget––careening across Larkin Heights in a stolen Mini Cooper––suffused with bloodlust and baring a grin full of teeth, failed to hear the polyphonic belling of his cell phone."The opening sentence of James Greer’s neo-noir, The Failure, published in March of this year by Akashic Books, is crammed with information. There’s the protagonist with the Paul Auster-esque name, both pulp-sounding and ontologically [...]

    3. from publisherListened 4/2/12 - 4/12/123 Stars - Recommended to fans of funny bank-heists-gone-wrong / Not as an intro to audiobooksAudio download (approx 3.5 hrs)Publisher: Iambik Audio / Akashic BooksFirst, I feel I should apologize for allowing nearly a month to pass without posting my review of James Greer's The Failure. I've been trying to decide if it was the book or the narrator that left me feeling sort of 'meh' about the whole thing, and didn't want to review it until I was sure which w [...]

    4. Presented in non-linear scenes, this book reads like a movie and is actually one book that I think would translate very well to the big screen exactly as it is.The Key Players:- Guy Forget- Billy- Violet McKnight- Sven TransvoortPlot Summary:What happens is that Guy Forget's dad dies of a heart attack at a fancy steak house and his brother, Marcus, is trying to call Guy on his cell phone to let him know that father has died and left him $50,000 so he can start up Pandamonium.However, at exactly [...]

    5. this is a funny, offbeat novel about a bank heist that goes wrong. Especially though, it centers around the lives of the two men who orchestrated what is referred to as the Korean check cashing fiasco. The story does not unfold straightforwardly, but jumps around in time,beginning with the robbery then going backwards at various points in the lives of the characters. I"m really enjoying it.

    6. A guy tries robbing a check cashing store in order to fund an internet marketing prototype. Along the way there is a lot of double crossage, beautiful writing and fun. I personally enjoyed this more than Artificial Light, which I really liked.

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