- Audio CD: 6 Seiten
- Verlag: Whole Story Audio Books; Auflage: Unabridged (1. März 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1407498150
- ISBN-13: 978-1407498157
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 2,5 x 13,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.337.046 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Ablutions (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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'Quite brilliant - a brief, intense and carefully sustained piece of writing about the blurry edges of existence' GUARDIAN
A nameless barman tends a decaying bar in Hollywood and takes notes for a book about his clientele. Initially, he is morbidly amused by watching the regulars roll in and fall into their nightly oblivion, pitying them and their loneliness. In hopes of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with them. He also knocks back pills indiscriminately and treats himself to gallons of Jameson's. But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to lose himself, trapped by addiction and indecision. When his wife leaves him, he embarks on a series of squalidly random sexual encounters, and a downward spiral of self-damage and irrational violence. To cleanse himself and save his soul, he attempts to escape. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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It chronicles the sorry life of the bar's clients as seen by this married, tall and skinny white man who serves as a bar back. During his six-year career he has begun to hallucinate, but always manages to drive home drunk in his ancient, magical Ford under the radar of the police. His drink of choice is Jameson's.
The inside of his mouth bleeds sometimes, he has lost dental chips and once an entire molar while talking to the bar owner's wife (he swallowed it). Apart from indulging in Irish whiskey, he uses speed and has blind faith in the healing powers of massive doses of aspirin. As a married alcoholic, he is an expert in silent early-morning vomiting.
When did this book take place? Sometime during the GW Bush era. The earning model of this bar is intriguing. No limits on drinking for staff? Lots of free drinks for awful regulars? Doormen with a clientele of lowlifes? And the price of drinks is awesome... Live and learn about America.
"Ablutions" is a short, but eminently re-readable novel. It contains lots of self-inflicted and suddenly-occurring bits of drama, some quite ugly and repellent. It has a surprise ending. And there is another PdW novel out called "The Sister Brothers". Hope the brothers are less repellent and the book more convincing.