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American Rust: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Philipp Meyer
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Praise for American Rust

"I admire [Philipp Meyer's] writing so much. The same way,
frankly, that I do Hemingway. [Mr. Meyer] ought to win the Pulitzer."
–Patricia Cornwell, from a New York Times interview

“Remarkable…introduces a novelist worth celebrating and watching.”
USA Today, Bob Minzesheimer

Philipp Meyer’s powerful first novel…everything about this story seems essentially American…in the tradition that stretches from Ernest Hemingway to Cormac McCarthy. Meyer's tone is less polemic than John Steinbeck's, but he's working on the same broad scale."
–Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“Philipp Meyer’s affecting first novel, “American Rust…” [has] the same sort of social detail and emotional verisimilitude that Richard Russo has brought to his depictions of upstate New York…he’s also able to demonstrate a keen, Salinger-esque empathy. American Rust announces the arrival of a gifted new writer – a writer who understands how place and personality and circumstance can converge to create the perfect storm of tragedy."
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A hardboiled debut that seems particularly apt during the financial crisis"
–The Wall Street Journal

“Reminiscent of William Faulkner…Meyer knows more about the meaning of redemption than most other contemporary American novelists. He also knows how to write a compelling story.”
–The Baltimore Sun

“A literary thriller…lives up to the hype.”
–Austin American-Statesman

“Novelists spend entire careers trying to write even one classic book. Philipp Meyer has accomplished that feat on his first attempt. American Rust might one day be recognized as one of our great American novels.”
– The Dayton Daily News

“immediate and compelling, and signals the arrival of a new literary voice.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer

“full of a sorrowful hope that is graced by a profound respect for struggle and the unrelenting courage necessary to carry on.”
–Kansas City Star

“In contemporary fiction, Meyer…most resembles Andre Dubus, Dennis Lehane or Richard Price.”
–The Dallas Morning News

“With the recent passing of John Updike and the loss of Kurt Vonnegut last year, the American literary landscape is faced with a gaping void… fortunately for us, as readers, there are occasional reasons to hope. Philipp Meyer's debut novel, "American Rust," is one of those reasons.”
–Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

“Already drawing comparisons to Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy, Philipp Meyer paints a dark and timely vision of small-town life in his ambitious debut novel, American Rust….combines the muscular pleasures of a Dennis Lehane thriller with a far-reaching meditation about where we’re headed as a country.”
–The Daily Beast

“[A] ruthless and powerful book….” Time Out New York (five star review)

"an engrossing drama..."
–Marie Claire

"Meyer builds his characters so strongly and so realistically that they are characters who stay with readers long after they finish this compelling novel."
–Birmingham Press & Sun Bulletin

“a brilliantly realized story…Philipp Meyer is a fine writer and he has nailed [it].”
–The Morning News, Robert Birnbaum

"a great read...has the feel of a true classic...highly recommended."
–Monsters & Critics

“Meyer has a thrilling eye for failed dreams and writes uncommonly tense scenes of violence . . . Fans of Cormac McCarthy or Dennis Lehane will find in Meyer an author worth watching.”Publishers Weekly

“Powerful…brilliantly drawn…Unlike Hemingway or McCarthy, Meyer knows how to create heartbreakingly real female characters…Meyer’s tone is less polemic than John Steinbeck’s, but he’s working on the same broad scale, using the struggles of a few desperate people to portray the tragedy of life in a place that offers no employment, no chance for improvement.”
–Washington Post

“Meyer is a young talent to watch closely…Meyer’s tempo is exceptional…A special novel well worth reading.”
–Fredericksburg Freelance Star

"Meyer's greatest strength as a novelist lies in his poignantly well-rounded characters…strongly recommended for all…fiction collections."
–Library Journal

"Meyer does a terrific job capturing the tone and ethos of his setting…the alternating narrators are compellingly drawn…a grimly powerful hybrid: provocative literary fiction crossed with a propulsive thriller."
–Kirkus

"In a third-person narrative that moves round-robin style from one character to the next, Meyer deftly captures individual speech patterns...never ceases to display a gift for evoking setting…."
–Bookforum

“A novel as splendidly crafted and original as any written in recent decades, American Rust is both darkly disturbing and richly compelling. Philipp Meyer’s first novel signals the arrival of a new voice in American letters.”—Patricia Cornwell, author of Scarpetta

“With its strong narrative engine and understated social insight, American Rust is reminiscent of the best of Robert Stone and Russell Banks. Author Philipp Meyer locates the heart of his working class characters without false sentiment or condescension, and their world is artfully described. An extraordinary, compelling novel from a major talent.”—George Pelecanos, author of The Turnaround

“This is strong, clean stuff. Philipp Meyer deserves to be taken seriously.”—Pete Dexter, author of Paper Trails

“Philipp Meyer's American Rust is written with considerable dramatic intensity and pace. It manages an emotional accuracy, a deep and detailed conviction in its depiction of character. It also captures a sense of a menacing society, a wider world in the throes of decay and self-destruction.”—Colm Tóibín, author of The Master

Pressestimmen

Praise for American Rust


“A novel as splendidly crafted and original as any written in recent decades, American Rust is both darkly disturbing and richly compelling. Philipp Meyer’s first novel signals the arrival of a new voice in American letters.”—Patricia Cornwell, author of Scarpetta

“With its strong narrative engine and understated social insight, American Rust is reminiscent of the best of Robert Stone and Russell Banks. Author Philipp Meyer locates the heart of his working class characters without false sentiment or condescension, and their world is artfully described. An extraordinary, compelling novel from a major talent.”—George Pelecanos, author of The Turnaround


“This is strong, clean stuff. Philipp Meyer deserves to be taken seriously.”—Pete Dexter, author of Paper Trails

“Philipp Meyer's American Rust is written with considerable dramatic intensity and pace. It manages an emotional accuracy, a deep and detailed conviction in its depiction of character. It also captures a sense of a menacing society, a wider world in the throes of decay and self-destruction.”—Colm Tóibín, author of The Master

“Meyer has a thrilling eye for failed dreams and writes uncommonly tense scenes of violence . . . Fans of Cormac McCarthy or Dennis Lehane will find in Meyer an author worth watching.”—Publishers Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1102 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 386 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0385527519
  • Verlag: Spiegel & Grau (24. Februar 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001TGYTTW
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Er ist einer von uns" 7. Juli 2010
Von Charlot
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Philipp Meyer, der Verfasser des Romans "American Rust"(dt. "Rost") wird so vom Rezensent der Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Dan Simpson, gelobt. Unklar bleibt Dan Simpson, wie jemand, der nicht aus der Region stammt, die Verhältnisse so detailgenau und gefühlvoll nachempfinden kann.
Erzählt wird die Geschichte einer Freundschaft mit ihren Höhen und Tiefen. Vielversprechend begann das Leben von Isaac English, der intelligent und aufgeweckt in einfachen Verhältnissen aufwächst. Der Weg zum College scheint klar zu sein, bis die Familienverhältnisse ihn davon zurückhalten und er in Buell, Pennsylvania, bleiben muss. Sein Schulfreund Billy Poe hat es auf ähnliche Weise schwer - seine Karriere als Footballspieler wäre die Eintrittskarte zum College, wenn da nicht der schwierige soziale Hintergrund und der eigene Jähzorn wären, der in physische Gewalt umschlägt.
Diese beiden Antihelden sind durch ihre Jugend und ihre Schicksale miteinander eng verbunden und geraten in richtig ernste Schwierigkeiten als Isaac auf dem Weg nach Kalifornien einen Obdachlosen erschlägt, der seinen Freund Poe indirekt bedroht.
Jetzt gerät alles aus den Fugen. Poe übernimmt die Verantwortung für die Tat, wird verhaftet und ins Gefängnis gebracht. Isaac flieht und trampt als "hobo" seinem neuen Lebensziel entgegen. Seine Gewissensbisse verfolgen ihn, aber er kommt seinem Freund nicht zur Hilfe. Er kehrt zurück und für ihn wendet sich zwar äußerlich alles zum Guten, doch ein fader Geschmack des Versagens bleibt an ihm haften.
Assoziationen zu Jack London "The Road"(dt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Downfall and Desperation 11. August 2012
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Young Philipp Meyer marked in his biography milestones that could be of advantage for becoming a good writer. He grew up in Baltimore and knows what it means if a city or region is facing decline from a former prosperity. Meyer himself quitted school, worked with traumatized youngsters, travelled around and had jobs as a construction worker. All is not the pre-condition for good writing but concerning the ability to identify and emphasize social context it can be very helpful.

American Rust, a narrative masterpiece of current american prose fiction is chosen to happen in the aera of Pittsburg P.A., the former El Dorado of coal and steel, the black country itself in the United States. Like Englands black country and Germans Ruhrgebiet it went down in the eighties and nineties and there was no limit of suffering not to be reached. The downfall of a whole region had consequences on every aspect of life: Former good earning workers lost their jobs, became poor clients living from funds, lost their prospects and self esteem. Family dramas followed, alcoholism, drug abuse and growing criminality.

Meyers protagonists in American Rust are youngsters who remained in the region despite the chance to get out there. In a normal constellation of daily struggle something fatal happened and somebody lay dead on the ground. Poe, the strong buddy with a loyal soul, is charged for murder and Isaac, the introversed antipode, is hitting the road to California where he never will be seen. Isaacs father Henry and his sister Lee, Poes mother Grace and her time to time lover Harris, the police agent in charge, are the actors of a masterful written drama.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Finally! A New Novel I Can Love 23. Juni 2009
Von Daniel Bell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
As my four regular readers can attest, I do not have much good to say about the contemporary novelists held in high regard by literary critics and prize juries. As a rule, I don't trust the taste of book critics. Too many have joined the Cult of the Sentence, deeming that fiction best that piles up the most standout sentences, imagery and "lyrical" language, the accumulated weight of which apparently makes a novel literature with a capital L. It's been a long time since I picked up a book from the New Fiction shelf at the bookstore, read the first page and walked to the register with it. The triumph of style over story in modern literary fiction leaves me cold, bitter and buying classics.

Then I read a couple of reviews of American Rust. (Yes, I still do read reviews, even the New York Times Book Review, hoping against all evidence for change, going back again and again like an abused spouse.) The only thing in the reviews that got me looking for the novel was the subject matter: the effect of industrial collapse on America workers. Being from a long line of working class rednecks, I decided to give another new author a chance based on that alone.

And I'm glad I did. Philipp Meyer has produced a book that, by the end, had me comparing his novel to Richard Wright's Native Son and John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Like them, he masterfully weaves into the story the socioeconomic and political pressures that bear on the lives of his characters without preaching, without beating us over the head with a morality tale. Yet you can't come away from it without knowing in your bones the corrosive effects of industrial decline on the lives of his working class characters. He has deep sympathy for all of his characters, the "good" and the "bad." Each character has their own trajectory, and Meyer makes it inseparable from what sent them in the direction they take.

While Meyer does have one stylistic quirk I found annoying--he sometimes drops commas and periods that interrupt the natural flow of his sentences--for the most part the writing is straight forward, lacking the self-conscious poetic flourishes so much a part of contemporary literary writing. His prose serves the story rather than call attention to the author.

Buy American Rust. Don't take it out of the library. The author deserves the royalty, and I don't say that about many authors these days. I look forward to more Philipp Meyer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommend 17. Februar 2009
Von Lee Shipman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of American Rust, a powerful debut novel and a rare find: compelling literary fiction with the engine of a gripping thriller. The story of the fallout of a murder on a group of connected characters is set in an economically depressed region of Pennsylvania whose struggle, like so many of these people, is all the more difficult in the (often literal) shadow of its former greatness and promise. And that's what Meyer does so well here, beyond creating a engrossing page-turner -- we get to know all of these terrifically realized characters through their perspective, and those intimate portraits web together to give us something bigger: the complex relationship between people and place, individuals and community. And though the characters are all bound by this dying town and the blowback of the crime that affects them all, the division of the story into these individual perspectives gives a real sense of their isolation; the characters might find salvation in each other, if they could only communicate their need for it. American Rust is an overall outstanding read from a major new talent.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Experience That Comes Back to Haunt You 1. Februar 2009
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I was privileged to receive an advance readers copy of American Rust. As the characters developed I found myself intrigued by the choices we make in life that take us where we go. The writing is dramatic, the plot intense and the story compelling. I can't believe this is Philipp Meyer's first novel. I know it sounds corny, but reading American Rust I was struck with the thought that if you had a little Cormac McCarthy, Hemingway and Steinbeck--you'd have Philipp Meyer.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads books for their literary value and who value the imagery that creates the type of experience that comes back to haunt you long after you've read the last sentence and closed the book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Expected more from the hype 19. Oktober 2009
Von S. Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a Pittsburgh native who watched the collapse of the steel industry, I thought I'd find more in this book to relate to. The characters were well-drawn and sympathetic, but the plot seemed more melodramatic than necessary. The ending also left a lot to be desired; full resolution was obviously not possible, but a bit more information on what happened after the denouement would've been welcome (and no, it's not the sort of book that lends itself to a sequel). I can't say I'm sorry I read it, but on the other hand I have other books in my to-read stack that I wish I'd gotten to first.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's a little rusted, but with some elbow grease this new author could eventually live up to the hype... 20. März 2009
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I picked up `American Rust' simply because the premise sounded promising and the cover art was utterly mesmerizing. Upon receiving the book I read a little review on the outset of the novel that likened Philipp Meyer to Russell Banks, and if you've read my reviews for `The Sweet Hereafter' or `Affliction' then you know that I consider Russell Banks to be the greatest American writer of all time and so my appetite was wet and my expectations were high upon ripping into the first chapter of `American Rust'. What I found was not what I expected, and while I think this was a fine attempt and a great jump off point, Meyer, in my opinion, has some growing to do.

He's no Russell Banks.

The novel tells the story of Isaac English and Billy Poe, two very different young men who grew up together in a small southern town. Both have had very hard childhoods. Billy lived in a divided home his whole life and has sacrificed his future in order to take care of his mother. Isaac's mother committed suicide and his sister ran off to college so he was left taking care of his crippled father. Both boys are trapped in a town too small for them with dreams of escaping they can never get up the courage to realize.

Until Isaac decides he wants out.

The novel is broken down into six sections, and some sections work much better than others. The first section is brilliant and truly gives you a rich understanding of these two young men and the poor decision they made. The second section is also very well done, further developing not only the relationship between these two men but also with their scattered families. It's within the third section that the novel starts to fall apart for me. There are certain aspects of the character development and story progression that just didn't sit right with me and made it difficult for me to truly connect. I found it especially hard to connect with Isaac, who I had a hard time understanding was in his twenties. He acts and reacts like a twelve year old and so I had to constantly remind myself that he wasn't. Billy was easier to understand and thus sympathize with, and his battle with his loyalties was a nice touch. I just didn't care for Isaac's character and so I found my attention wavering during his sections.

Meyer has a nice writing style, and I can see where the idea of Russell Banks could have stemmed from, but honestly he is far too repetitive for his own good. I found a lot of the same feelings and thoughts being regurgitated page after page, and that is something that I've never seen in Banks' work. I liked that he tried to encompass a larger spectrum of character with the likes of Lee and Grace and Harris, and I especially liked the way he developed Isaac's father towards the end of the novel, but overall I didn't see enough variation of character. Everyone almost felt like the same person.

I felt that his tackling of prison life was a little clichéd and as I mentioned, I didn't like Isaac's progression of character that much at all, especially the whole `life as a runaway' aspect.

In the end I think that Philipp Meyer has great potential and hopefully he will build off of this novel to create something truly groundbreaking his next time out the box. A little work on separating his characters and creating a little originality will help his next offering substantially. I understand all the hype, but also understand that this is far from perfect. It is a good start; but now it's time to build off this foundation and live up to the potential.
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