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  • Title: Exley
  • Author: Brock Clarke
  • ISBN: 9781565126084
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover

  • A nine year old boy named Miller, who lives in Watertown, NY, struggles to make sense of his father s disappearance, for which he blames himself Later, when he is convinced that his father is lying in a coma in the local VA hospital, he searches for the one person he thinks can save his father, the famously reclusive and dead author, Frederick Exley, Watertown native anA nine year old boy named Miller, who lives in Watertown, NY, struggles to make sense of his father s disappearance, for which he blames himself Later, when he is convinced that his father is lying in a coma in the local VA hospital, he searches for the one person he thinks can save his father, the famously reclusive and dead author, Frederick Exley, Watertown native and author of the fictional memoir A Fan s Notes, his father s favorite book Told in alternating voices of the young boy and the therapist the boy s mother has hired to help him, Exley is ultimately an exploration of the difference between what we believe to be real and what is real and how difficult it is to reconcile the two.
    Brock Clarke
    Brock Clarke is the author of three previous books The Ordinary White Boy and two story collections His stories and essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, OneStory, the Believer, the Georgia Review, and the Southern Review and have appeared in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies and on NPR s Selected Shorts He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College.


    Commentaires:

    Glenn Russell
    Exley, the novel's title - as in American writer Frederick Exley (pictured above), author of his notorious 1968 fictionalized autobiography, A Fan’s Notes Contemporary American author Brock Clarke’s moving story of a son’s love for his missing dad. The novel takes place in Watertown, New York at the time of George W. Bush's war in Iraq, The book features two alternating first-person narrators: a nine-year old boy by the name of Miller and Miller’s therapist, a doctor who, during the cour [...]

    Snotchocheez
    Hmmlet's see do I convince my fellow users that Exley, a book criminally under-read, meh-reviewed, and the (as 2012 draws to a close) best novel I've read this year so far, is a book worth reading??? Maybe compare it to Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time??? (Well no, despite it having a precocious young narrator like Curious Incident it's nothing at all like it [Not to mention, my very last review Pigeon English made that very-same comparison Friends will think I [...]

    Vonia
    I am uber glad to have found these two books pretty close together @ the bookstore, for the name "Exley", a somewhat rare name caught in my eye and I ended up getting both. As I began to read one of them, I felt the need to scan the other and immediately saw how obvious it was that they should be read together. The hunch was one hundred percent accurate. Brock Clarke's "Exley" complimented Fredrick Exley's "Fictional Memoir" by providing a reference for crucial references to specific quotes, con [...]

    John Luiz
    I understand why this book garnered some negative reviews. If you're looking for a straightforward tale, told by a reliable narrator, you won't find it here. But if you want a departure from conventional storytelling (without any of the quirks of overly "post-modern" techniques), then you might find this book worth the ride. The novel is about a boy who can't accept his reality -- that his parents have separated and he's lost touch with his father. He is now convinced that his father went off to [...]

    MK Brunskill-Cowen
    This quirky, imaginative book kept me going until the end! Miller is an extremely bright child who makes up his own world to deal with his beloved father's disappearance. Much of his world is based on the writings and life of Frederick Exley, his father's favorite author. Clarke tells the story from both Miller's perspective as he tries to find Exley to save his father, and from the "mental health professional" working with Miller. I loved the writing - and loved the fact that I never knew what [...]

    Georgette
    I didn't enjoy this book as much as i enjoyed Brock Clarke's first book. That was downright uproarious. Exley, I can't say the same about it.What I can say is- it is splendidly written. Clarke has a marvelous relationship with language, and more so, with the main characters in this novel.Miller is a young kid whose father is in the VA hospital, gravely injured. His mother refuses to go see his father. Miller goes through two therapists before settling in with one, who happens to be fixated with [...]

    Josh
    I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. At times, I was pretty sure it was brilliant. At others, it was only ok. At still others, I had no fucking idea what the point was. When your two narrators are a nine-year-old with an overactive imagination (and a tenuous grasp on a reality) and a mental health professional who could probably use a mental health professional of his own Well, shit's gonna get weird. It was like a solid Anne Tyler novel wrapped in an episode of Seinfeld about [...]

    Jenny Roth
    The hallmark of a good literary novel is that you don't ever want it to end. I raced through the first half of this book, and then started to slow down--not because it became less interesting, but because I wanted to savor it. I knew that once I said goodbye to M. at the end of the book, I would miss him. And I already do.Exley has two narrators, a mental health professional and his patient, both deliciously unreliable. Unlike some books, where multiple narrators seem like a gimmick or a cop-out [...]

    David
    Unnerving, funny, and deeply human. The story is told in first person narration, alternately by 10 year old Miller, and by his psychiatrist, hired by Miller's mother, with whom the doctor becomes instantly infatuated. None of the three of them are quite telling the truth, or are quite sympathetic, but I really liked how I had to parse what each one was saying, and construct my own version of what was really happening by which elements of the various narratives coincide. It's like a Wes Anderson [...]

    Lori
    Exist kind of reminds of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which I loved. There is a young boy who suffers the loss of his father when he leaves for Iraq. His mother sends him to a psychiatrist because she believes he is a liar. (She doesn't believe her husband is in Iraq.). As a reader you never know what is the truth and what is a lie and that is what makes the story so compelling. After all truth is often in the eye of the beholder.

    Patty
    Loved this book. After finding out last year that Brock Clarke was writing this, I read "A Fan's Notes" by Frederick Exley in preparation. Worth it, because it's pretty fantastic, but it's certainly not necessary in order to enjoy Clarke's book. "Exley" has well-developed characters and a fascinating story--funny and sad and maddening and odd. Yay for Brock Clarke!

    H R Koelling
    This is probably the weirdest book I've ever read. I both loved it and loathed it. I've read a lot of weird books, too. I prefer to read strange fiction, but this book was particularly strange. It wasn't weird because it has an unusual style, or an unusual plot, it's just plain odd! But it's also written in an accessible style, which means anyone can read it, unlike most books that strive to be different. I'm half tempted to call this book a masterpiece. It is certainly one of the best novels I' [...]

    Chrystal
    1.5 stars. If I had read this novel before I read "An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England," I would have never picked up another book by Brock Clarke, sad to say. And I would have missed out on a superbly-written novel which made me laugh for days (An Arsonist's Guide, I mean). Unfortunately there is not much to be said for Clarke's strange, confusing novel "Exley" other than I wish I had not wasted my time reading it. I think I understand why he wrote it, and there is a point some [...]

    Joe
    While I found the premise interesting, I found most of the characters inauthentic. There was a lot of unrealized potential in this book. Miller's voice felt particularly unreal. No 10 year old, no matter how precocious, talks like Miller does. I enjoyed the novel, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    Leah Lucci
    This book has not one but TWO unreliable narrators: the Boy Who Cried Wolf, and his Therapist Who Needs More Help Than He Does. The boy protagonist is a compulsive liar with a wild imagination. It's hard to tell what's in his head and what isn't. He's also a kid, and they're spacey and ill-informed to begin with. He's convinced that his father is a soldier in Iraq who has returned and is in the VA. His mother is convinced that the father simply left them and her son is making this (and basically [...]

    Martha Richey
    While I found getting into this book a little challenging, I'm so glad I kept going. It is the story of a nine year old boy (Miller) trying searching for his fathers favorite author (Exley) given his father is in a Veterans Hospital recovering from an injury sustained in Iraq. Miller believes Exley is the only person who can help save his father. Problem is, no one believes Millers father went to Iraq and thus no one truly believes the father is injured in a hospital. The psychologist / mental h [...]

    Paula Starbuck
    Not my thing. Not badly written, not a bad story, just not for me. I felt dumb and lost the whole time and wondered when I was going to figure it out or when it was going to become clear.So, I didn't actually finish I just gave up. I did go read the ending at that time and it didn't make me want to go back and try again.

    Alyssa
    i was expecting a really good pay off at the end of this book and got nothing - pretty disappointing.

    Amy
    After you finish reading Exley, by Brock Clarke, you may need to take a few moments to catch your breath. You may not sleep well, and that’s certainly not because of anything horrific or scary in the book. This book, quite simply, messes with your mind.First, the characters are wildly created and completely unpredictable. It starts with Miller, or M-, who is a child prodigy on a quest to find his father who left the family suddenly and without explanation. He’s a weird little kid, but likabl [...]

    Evan Brown
    “Sometimes you have to tell the truth about some of the stuff that you’ve done so that people will believe you when you tell them the truth about other stuff you haven’t done.”I read Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes my freshman semester of college at the recommendation of a friendly book dealer. I loved it. After reading Clarke’s “Note From the Author” at the end of Exley, there’s really no wonder. Similar to Clarke (to a lesser, younger extent) who was similar to Exley (to a [...]

    Laura Lemay
    Socially awkward nine-year-old Miller's parents have split up. It the man dying in the VA hospital down the street actually his father, come back from the war in Iraq? Miller's obsession with his father sends his on a quest for Frederick Exley, who wrote his father's favourite book ("A Fan's Notes," which is a real book). Miller has a fantasy that if he can find Exley, he can cure his father and bring his family back together again. Interspersed with Miller's story is that of his psychiatrist, D [...]

    James
    There were points when I was reading this book when I really, really liked it and felt like I should recommend it to people I know who like good books. There were points when I was reading this book when I really, really didn't understand what the hell was going on. If you drew a Venn diagram, many of those points would fall in the middle, overlapping circle.This book was inventive and creative and at times quite funny. I thought it was much, much better than An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Home [...]

    Laura
    Exley is one very strange book - the intertwining of fantasy and reality is so well done that by the end it's difficult to tell exactly what's real and what's not. By "fantasy", I don't mean the genre starring otherworldly ideas and creatures, I mean the type of lies one makes up to help you get through difficult times.And M is definitely going through difficult times: his father has left, to go to Iraq, while his mother states quite clearly that no, T has not gone to fight. As a result, M is se [...]

    Mark Goldstein
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Perhaps moreso because I had recently finished reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", which was much heavier than this and a more challenging read. I was ready to escape into a book that captured another, much more familiar and amusing, set of circumstances, which is what this book delivered, though not without some drama and melancholy.Right off, you can see that at least one of the two narrators is meant to be unreliable. Unlike some of the reviewers of t [...]

    Laura
    It took me a while to complete this one because I started it right before the storm of mid semester, so I confess, it took me a while to get into the rhythm of it. But by the time I got to the end I was totally hooked on these characters: the little boy who needs to make up stories for himself in order to manage the most dysfunctional and tragic family situation imaginable; the affable but inept psychiatrist who tries to help the little boy; the attractive single mother who firmly believes that [...]

    Scott
    Brock Clarke almost pulls off a neat trick in this novel, about a precocious ten-year-old boy (our highly unreliable narrator) who is convinced that his estranged father has joined the army, been shipped to Iraq, and is now down the street dying in the VA hospital. The only way he can saved his dad? Find Frederick Exley, real-life author of A Fan's Notes, the book by which his father lived his life, down to only speaking sentences that appeared in the classic memoir/novel hybrid. Which I have ne [...]

    Traci
    I have recently watched Rashomon so I was excited to delve further into the "unreliable narrator" idea that "Exley" is about. "Exley" has two narrators, neither of which are completely reliable, nor can you accurately judge what is truly happening by the other people in the book. It's fantastic. Equally as fantastic is the main narrator, a nine year old boy named Miller, and how he speaks like a book. He calls people by their first initial: "K.", "H.", etc. And even more "holy recursive meta-nes [...]

    Thomas
    An odd but likeable story about an odd but likeable boy. The narrative switches back and forth between Miller, a 9 year old boy dealing with the loss of his father, and his "mental health professional" who is mostly an invention of Miller. (view spoiler)[ The whole book is, in the end, an invention of Miller, which explains why he and his counselor have such similar narrative voices. At first I thought this was just bad technique.(hide spoiler)] Exley is Frederick Exley, with whom Miller's fathe [...]

    Laura
    Just received the advance reader copy in the mail. I am so excited to give this one a try as I am huge Fed exley Fan. A dear dear friend loaned me A Fan's Notes about 20 years ago and I ended up reading the whole sad, hysterical, surreal trilogy. I read this book at the start as a tribute to my dear friend Max (Bramble Books, Viroqua Wisc and late of Tennessee) and because I loved the twisted brilliance of "A Fan's Notes", but in the end I read it to find out how any truth could come out of the [...]

    Aaron (Typographical Era)
    “Sometimes you have to tell the truth about some of the stuff you’ve done so that people will believe you when you tell them the truth about other stuff you haven’t done.” I can pinpoint with blinding accuracy the very day in which I first became aware of “Exley” author Brock Clarke’s existence: September 16, 2009. I know this because that was the day I started to read the Matthew Dicks novel “Something Missing” (what’s missing is any semblance of a good story; don’t bother [...]

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