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Broken Piano for President [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Patrick Wensink

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29. Februar 2012

The greatest political allegory since Animal Farm, written by the most fantastic-smelling author of our time.

Ever drank too much and forgot what happened? Don't be embarrassed. Deshler Dean faces this problem every day of his life.

Dean is far more brilliant and productive when he's blackout drunk. In the last few months alone, he has invented a hamburger more addictive than crystal meth, scored a six-figure record contract for his terrible art rock band, and started dating a woman he doesn't even recognize. Worse yet, he has become entangled in the biggest war since the Allies took on Germany.

When rival fast food chains duke it out for control over Dean's burger-inventing genius, Dean and his band mates plunge into the absurd world of corporate paranoia and greed. As the violence of the burger wars spills out onto the streets, it's up to them to win over the hearts (and stomachs) of the American people and save the country from the equivalent of a deep-fried nuclear warhead.

With the humor of Christopher Moore and the madcap sprawl of Thomas Pynchon, Broken Piano for President is a comic masterpiece about the fast food industry, booze, and the necessity to choose happiness over work and security.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Broken Piano is like a bar crawl that I didn't want to end 23. Juli 2012
Von MPO - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is defintitely not mainstream, which is a very good thing! Broken Piano for President takes you on a wild ride with Deschler Dean, the protagonist, as your [drunk] driver, so wear your seat belt. By day, Deschler Dean is a sub-par valet, parking cars for the city's elite and VIPs. By night, Deschler BECOMES one of the VIPs. Through the course of heavy imbibing, Deschler transforms into one of the fast food industry's biggest and best kept secrets. Deschler has an amazing ability to create delicious hamburgers while he's hammered. Unfortunately for Deschler, he has no recollection of events when he wakes up hungover. Ultimately, the two largest fast food conglomorates vie for Deschler's loyalty. Hijinks ensue.

I read much of this book on an airplane and found myself having to stifle laughter so my seat neighbors wouldn't think I was crazy. I would recommend this book be read with a nice glass of Jack Daniels. A fun read- two thumbs up!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Familiar World---Completely Unique Execution 24. Juli 2012
Von Pterodactyl Samurai - Veröffentlicht auf
Broken Piano for President takes place in a familiar world: an unforgiving, almost featureless city ruled by fast food corporations and millionaire execs. Nothing grows there except cement pilings.

And the main character is a guy I knew in high school: the fairly clueless band member whose only loves are his band and his booze. No matter how close you get to this person, in real life and in Broken Piano, you don't really know what's going on with them. They're eccentric and kind of stupid, but so mysterious (maybe it's the memory loss, maybe it's the entertainer charisma), that you can't help wanting to be close to them.

Considering all of these things I've seen and read before, Wensink's done a thing in Broken Piano that I've never encountered anywhere. He's made me feel the same way I felt when I was living in that city and dating that clueless band member. Like I wasn't on the bandwagon, like I wanted to be, and then when the life of Deshler Dean is falling to pieces and I'm finally aboard, I realize just what is at stake and it's too late to keep everything from self-destructing--which it does, in real life and in Broken Piano.

It's weird, truthful, and hysterical. Wensink's timing is spot on, his writing is conversational and smooth, and his characters are so familiar, and yet still surprising.

I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A crazy ride with dips and blind curves... 16. September 2012
Von Thomas Duff - Veröffentlicht auf
Normally, Broken Piano For President by Patrick Wensink would not come up on my radar screen. The only reason it did was publicity over the cover (which resembles the Jack Daniels logo), and how the company handled the situation with class and humor. Anyway, it was enough to get me to pick it up at the library and give it a read. It turned out to be one of the most "out there" novels I've read of late. It reminds me of a very dark version of a Tim Dorsey novel.

Deshler Dean, the main character, refers to himself as a "cliff drinker". When he starts to drink, he completely loses track of what happens. But apparently, he's very active during those times. From what he can tell, he apparently works for two warring hamburger mega-corporations, coming up with ideas that top each other. Furthermore, each side knows he's working with the other side, but thinks he's really spying and trying to lead their competitors astray. Meanwhile, he works a day job as a parking valet, approached by many important people who mean nothing to him, but who apparently know him very well. His life is a continual quest to figure out who and what he's supposed to be, and whether he can be that person during the times he's sober and can remember things.

Both the characters and the writing make this an enjoyable (if not strange) read. In addition to Dean, there are band members who are reluctant assassins, girlfriends who aren't who they appear to be, and Russian cosmonauts who may or may not be real and who might have an axe to grind. And during all this, the two mega-burger chains are continuing to top each other in bigger and more unhealthy fare (which the public literally eats up). Wensink uses the characters and corporations to grill a few sacred cows (into hamburgers), and the mirror he uses to reflect back public eating habits is not flattering.

Broken Piano For President a fast ride on a road filled with blind curves and dips. They may not all makes sense, but the overall effect is a memorable trip.

Obtained From: Library
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Definitely Not for Me 3. März 2014
Von S.M.J. - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
For starters, the book itself is well-written. I would have rated it much higher if I were basing this review on that fact alone.
But being well written does not a bestselling author make. Honestly, the main character sounds like a complete slob. I was literally disgusted by him (which is fine, considering this entire book is about lazy, drunken nimrods that somehow seem to work their ways into constant trouble). Okay, so it is not fine. Who really wants to read about some drunk old loser in a band? Not me. Not the person who asked me to read this. But my biggest pet peeve of the book was the constant referral of this slob to "our hero." This man is no more a hero than a crackhead is a contributor to society.
However, I am beside myself. I don't want this entire review to be about bashing.
As I said before, this book is actually extremely well-written, and I can't help but think that if it had been written about anything else, it would have been more mainstream. The characters are well-developed, and I you feel a kind of connection to the main character. My connection was more of an "ew, gross, please get away from me" kind of thing, but a connection nonetheless.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My favorite of 2012! 2. Januar 2013
Von Sir Ethan of Potatolamp - Veröffentlicht auf
This is a complicated novel, this is a funny novel, and this is a great novel! I heard of this book prior to the nicest cease and desist letter going viral. I made sure to get a copy of this before the cover change.
I was in for a grand ole time!
Narrated by a black out drunk, Broken Piano is a long complex tale of the Burger Wars. Nothing in this story plays out in a way you can't see happening; it mocks our society gleefully.
I really don't want to speak on the plot, because every little twist and turn is more delicious than the last.
This book gave me flashbacks to when I first discovered Chuck Palahniuk, and learned how the way a story was told could be downright strange. A book really hasn't made me this excited in quite a few years. With the passing of every chapter I was more involved and entertained.
This is a book for anyone who wants a little something extra in their novels. Something dark and secret, but just right.
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