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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Scribner (19. Oktober 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1439163146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439163146
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2 x 21,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 233.898 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“James Franco’s California teenagers are too old for camp, but not too young for guns (a boy riding his bike to pick up a gun says, ‘I rode fast and the air on my face was like riding through cold ghosts’). The casual cruelty of children escalates as kids strike out against everything that is more powerful than they are. It’s the harsh humor that surprises in these stories—that and the observations that show James Franco to be an original and simpatico voice finely tuned to the territory. These quotable, unsettling stories stay with you; they seem to change the ions in a room.”--Amy Hempel

"James Franco's stories are raw, unsettling and delectable. Each articulates a very American yearning within a dystopic suburban landscape of shifting sexuality, class and race. They are both really scary and fun to read.”--Darcey Steinke, author of Easter Everywhere

"Franco's talent is unmistakable, his ambition profound. He has taken the twin subjects of suburban Palo Alto and American adolescence and made them as scary and true as they must be. This is a book to be inhaled more than once, with delight and admiration, with unease and pure enjoyment. As a writer, he's here to stay."—Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story

“James Franco’s chilling stories seem too true for comfort. The characters in Palo Alto navigate off a moral compass so smashed they bruise everything they touch. Franco’s intense artistry swarms all over this gripping book. Think Bret Easton Ellis, Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker. Or better yet, just think James Franco.”—Ben Marcus, author of Notable American Women

“James Franco is a writer of skill and sensitivity whose depiction of cruelty and neglect, of amusement and loneliness, of longing and being lost--of the pains and chaos of adolescence--is original and impressive. He manages to depict the numbingly stupid and dangerous behavior of teenagers and make it amazingly amusing then suddenly deeply sad.”--Susan Minot, author of Rapture

“These rough messages torn from the notebook of angry youth just make us want to ask James Franco to say it ain’t so. These angular stories read like dispatches from the edge of civilization: all the young people hurting and denying it, denying connection, denying their hope for anything but tonight, the next thing. James Franco does not blink as he offers us these stories -- and it is hard for us to look away.”—Ron Carlson, author of The Signal

“The stories are raw and funny-sad, and they capture with perfect pitch the impossible exhilaration, the inevitable downbeat-ness, and the pure confusion of being an adolescent.”—Elle

“Spare and riveting… Franco’s ear for juvenile vernacular is like an Ouija board summoning the lost voices of Generation Z.”—O, the Oprah Magazine

“Franco’s stories are impressive: crisp, spare, depressing…. A collection of beautifully written stories.”—Kirkus, starred review

"[Franco] makes the difficult appear simple, which only a good writer can do.”—Booklist

"Compelling and gutsy.”—Meghan O’Grady, Vogue

“Rigorously unsentimental and fabulously dark.”—Michael Cunningham

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

James Franco is an acclaimed actor, director, artist, and writer. His film appearances include 127 HoursMilkPineapple Express, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, and the Spider-Man trilogy.  Franco has written and directed several films, and his visual art has been featured in solo shows in Los Angeles and New York. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s, and other publications. Franco has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College.

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14 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Stefan Blank am 29. April 2011
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Es gibt so Leute, die sind grenzenlos kreativ. Heute schauspielern, morgen malen, übermorgen werden sie Fotografen und nächste Woche gibts eine Lesung aus den neuesten Werken. James Franco ist so einer. Spielte in "Spiderman" mit, in "Milk" und gab den David in Elisabeth Gilberts "Eat. Pray. Love". Ist ja schon mal was. Aber der Junge kann schreiben, Teufel, Teufel. Sein "Palo Alto", seine Geschichten vom Heranwachsen in einem amerikanischen Kaff mit Sex, Gangbang, Speed, Smack und Booze, Autounfällen und unglücklicher Liebe, diese Geschichte auf 196 Seiten sind wunderschön. Wunderschön eindrücklich, unmittelbar, glänzend lakonisch erzählt, wie es vielleicht nur im angelsächsischen Raum auf Englisch oder eben Amerikanisch geht. Franco erzählt von der Jugend. Er erzählt mit wechselnden Perspektiven, heldenfrei. Alle sind irgendwie Opfer. Die Geschichten kreisen um den Alltag im College, um besoffene Autotouren, Gruppensex im Ehebett der Eltern, Kleinkriminalität und kommen absolut authentisch rüber. Eben, um das Klischee zu bedienen: "Der amerikanische Alptraum".
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Das Buch startet vielversprechend: Die ersten Kurzgeschichten sind kurzweilig, vermitteln gut Gefühle und Stimmungslage amerikanischer Vorstadtjugendlicher und machen Lust auf mehr. Leider verfängt sich James Franco in einem immer gleichen Muster. Die Kurzgeschichten ähneln einander sehr stark, die selben Thema werden immer und immer wieder breitgetreten – verzweifelte Liebe, Sex, Alkohol. Nicht nur thematisch zehren die Geschichten dabei voneinander – auch der Aufbau hält sich an ein scheinbar fixes Raster – und wird deshalb vorausschaubar.

Franco hätte gut daran getan, etwas mehr Varianz in seine Werke aufzunehmen. Und einzelne Themen noch ausführlicher zu beleuchten. So bleibt eine Sammlung von Geschichten, die immer dann abrubt enden, wenn man gerade meint, der Autor würde einen dieses Mal überraschen.
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Ich muss sagen am Anfang war es schwer für mich durchzublicken, viele ähnliche Namen und die Kapitel werden aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt aber an sich hat mir das Buch richtig gut gefallen.. Ist meiner Meinung nach was für Fans von Geschichten übers Erwachsenwerden und das Leben von Jugendlichen in Kalifornien/Amerika.
Auch der Schreibstil von Franco ist wie nicht anders zu erwarten sehr gut.
Kann ich nur empfehlen, aber aufmerksam lesen ;)
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What Doesn't Kill You 26. Oktober 2010
Von J. Avery - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I'm pretending hunkosaurus Franco didn't write this. Moving on.

This is the stuff of every Creative Writing class you took as an undergrad. It's all Holden Caulfield crabby and Bret Easton Ellis name-droppy; gruesome with those obnoxious one-liner sentences that are meant to be profound in their brevity. The racial issues are slapped on strangely, and the tone is mushy oatmeal bland. "Killing Animals" was worth reading, but even then, it feels like Ellis fan fiction.

Now I'm pretending Franco did write them. Look my man, you have many rich and successful friends. Many of whom are writers who like you because you're a cool dude. You're also a hunk. This is working against you. If my mom wrote a book called "imma Real Gud Mama", I'd tell her she was the next Faulkner.

Get some unbiased advice, sweetheart. And call me.
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Don't Quit Your Day Job 19. Oktober 2010
Von Tyler Jones - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm frankly shocked by the positive reviews already posted for this collection of stories by James Franco. I was hoping to avoid making the obvious statement, but I feel there's no way around it - this book never would have seen the light of day if Franco was not an actor.

I don't know much about acting, but I realize it involves inhabiting the psyche of a single person for the duration of a film. Writing however, involves probing the minds of multiple characters and keeping track of their personalities and the stories in which they are a part of. Franco may be a competent actor, but he is no writer.

These stories, averaging ten pages each, constitute some of the worst writing I've ever had the displeasure to read. Not only are they bad, they are offensive in almost every regard. If you are going to subject your audience to teenagers engaged in horrific and senseless sexual behavior and acts of violence, you better have some damn good prose to make it all seem surreal.

Franco writes in a pseudo-minimalist style that is trying to be some sort of Denis Johnson/Raymond Carver hybrid, but acheives neither. Johnson is incredibly poetic and incisive while creating characters we actually care about. Franco's bunch of degenerates have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. They are lost and hopeless, but unfortunately they are never tragic. Tragic would imply that these people are aware of how lost they are.

Take any Carver story and look at the emotion evoked by these poor wretched people just barely scraping by. This is because Carver cares about his characters, he wants to see them do what's right even though he knows they won't.

I went into this book with an open mind. I wanted to like it. I was hoping that Franco would impress me. I walked away disgusted and disappointed. If I may be so bold, he seems enamored by the "literary author" image, but lacks the chops to fully inhabit it.

Ammendment:
These quotes from other recognized literary authors sound like they've been paid to drool all over Franco's book. Who gives blurbs like these unless you've gotten money to sound this enraptured?

"Franco's talent is unmistakable, his ambition profound." "This is a book to be inhaled more than once, with delight and admiration."
--Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story

"Franco's intense artistry swarms all over this gripping book"
--Ben Marcus, author of Notable American Women

Intense artistry? Profound ambition?

Okay...now everyone bow down to Hollywood...all together now.
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Franco is unique, but in a totally typical way 1. Oktober 2012
Von A fellow with a keyboard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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James Franco does not want to be considered an actor. He wants to be considered a polymath and an "artist." He is enrolled in something like six highly prestigious graduate programs, including one for filmmaking, one for fiction, one for poetry, one for design, one for creative writing, and a couple for English literature. You would think this would qualify him to write a book.

But there's a problem. The planet's brightest students have to crawl over broken glass to complete one of these graduate programs. How is it possible that Franco can do six at the same time? There are several possibilities. Maybe Franco really is the second coming of Leonardo da Vinci. But here's a line from one of his short stories: "The building is beige, but the shadows make it shadow-color." So maybe not.

It's more likely that Franco is riding some sort of grotesque wave of snowballing prestige, one that attempts to shield him from his quite evident averageness. It's been said that his classmates feel protective of him. In other words, they like him, they're charmed by him, they're pleased to have him in their midst, and they want to shield him from the fact that he's in a million miles over his head.

Franco is unique, but in a totally typical way. He is the cartoonish example of the high-achieving young person who takes 15 AP classes and does 20 extracurriculars in order to look impressive and gain status and admission and acceptance. But it isn't possible to do that many things with any sort of skill or competence. The result is a book that is so vapid and soulless and contrived as to be hard to look at.
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Fish Bowl now 15. März 2011
Von Leemon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I came across the title PALO ALTO and thought it interesting since I reluctantly moved there as an early teenager and thankfully got out of there as soon as I graduated high school. When I realized it was written by James Franco, who, personally, I don't like or dislike, I was looking forward to a good read. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good read. It wasn't even an ok read. It was the same character pretending to be different characters telling different stories with the same tone and same language. It got quite boring and pointless after the 4th story. The only intriguing thing to me was that there was a lot of name dropping of places and streets in and around Palo Alto. Oh yeah, I remember the Bat Cave! Though I thought it was "The Path" where you could sneak a smoke (and catch your teacher too). I'm just a few years older than Franco and I certainly didn't experience teenage debauchery to this extent.

Palo Alto is a super wealthy and super conservative suburb full of doctors and Stanford professors. Most of the houses are enormous and expensive, half the cars are Mercedes, and the schools are exceptional because the city is loaded. A lot of teenagers became bored of being well to do and having status and high educational expectations to live up to. This didn't come across much at all in the book. These characters just seemed like average, stupid, overly sexed teenagers.

Aside from the location references, why was it even called Palo Alto?
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True Grunge 25. Dezember 2010
Von John Halperin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is moth-eaten Bret Easton Ellis, 3rd rate high-school stuff that wouldn't have been published if the author wasn't a movie star. The stories are full of adolescent violence and have no beauty, muscle, or point. Publishing them is an act of unethical self-indulgence on someone's part; everyone who bought this should get a refund!
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