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A Fraction Of The Whole von [Toltz, Steve]
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Starred Review. At the heart of this sprawling, dizzying debut from a quirky, assured Australian writer are two men: Jasper Dean, a judgmental but forgiving son, and Martin, his brilliant but dysfunctional father. Jasper, in an Australian prison in his early 20s, scribbles out the story of their picaresque adventures, noting cryptically early on that [m]y father's body will never be found. As he tells it, Jasper has been uneasily bonded to his father through thick and thin, which includes Martin's stint managing a squalid strip club during Jasper's adolescence; an Australian outback home literally hidden within impenetrable mazes; Martin's ill-fated scheme to make every Australian a millionaire; and a feverish odyssey through Thailand's menacing jungles. Toltz's exuberant, looping narrative—thick with his characters' outsized longings and with their crazy arguments—sometimes blows past plot entirely, but comic drive and Toltz's far-out imagination carry the epic story, which puts the two (and Martin's own nemesis, his outlaw brother, Terry) on an irreverent roller-coaster ride from obscurity to infamy. Comparisons to Special Topics in Calamity Physics are likely, but this nutty tour de force has a more tender, more worldly spin. (Feb.)
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'A fat book but very light on its feet, skipping from anecdote, to rant, to reflection, like a stone skimming across a pond ... it is brilliant' Guardian 'If first novels were sandwiches, Steve Toltz's would be a juicy, swaggering doorstop of a sarnie, overflowing with eccentrically combined but delicious ingredients ... Toltz is a superb phrase-maker with an acute eye for humanity's shortfalls' Big Issue 'A grand achievement and the debut of a great comic talent ... go away and read it' Sunday Times 'Sparkling comic writing...It gives off the unmistakeable whiff of a book that might just contain the secret of life.' Independent 'With tinges of magical realism and buckets of misanthropic humour it's a clever and funny debut.' Observer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1538 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 732 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (29. Mai 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002RI993M
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Steve Toltz Debut erinnert nicht ganz von ungefähr ein wenig an Marisha Pessls Special Topic in Calamity Physics. Ambitioniert, verspielt, wortgewaltig arbeitet auch Toltz sich an einer skurrillen Vater/Kind-Geschichte ab, die über Kontinente, Generationen und sämtliche erzählerische Finessen hinwegführt. Die Geschichte des hochintelligenten, aber menschenscheuen und seltsamen Martin Dean wird von seinem Sohn Jasper erzählt, aus der eigenen Erinnerung, aus Tagebüchern, aus Briefen, in einer kaum zusammenzufassenden Eskalation bizarrer Eingebungen und Eskapaden, aus denen man ohne weiteres auch drei Bücher hätte machen können, allein die Geschichte von Terry und Martin Dean wäre einen eigenen Band wert gewesen. Auf fast 800 Seiten und in einem wahren Meer von Subplots diesen furiosen Schreibstil homogen durchzuhalten ist nahezu unmöglich und so gibt es ohne Zweifel einige Stellen im Buch, wo Toltz das Tempo oder die Richtung und auch mal den Faden seines ohnehin nie ganz tighten Plots verliert, aber nie den Witz, die Verve oder das Händchen für das stets wartende herzzerbrechende nächste Desaster, das nahezu unweigerlich aus Martin Deans Ideen entsteht. Seine Leser führt Toltz auf eine atemlose Reise, vorbei an schillerndsten Figuren, am Handbuch für das perfekte Verbrechen, an Europa, durch Gefängnisse, StripClubs und Gangsterlager in Thailand, an zerschellenden Liebesbeziehungen und dem vielleicht dysfunktionalsten Vater/Sohn-Gespann in der Literaturgeschichte, durch zahllose Plot-Loops, die nahezu hysterisch aufeinandergetürmt sind und durch einen wahren emotionalen Sturm, der mal zum Weinen lustig, mal einfach nur zum Weinen ist.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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'A Fraction of the Whole' is the first novel by Australian writer Steve Toltz. His greatest accomplishment with his work so far is his shortlisting for the Man Booker Prize 2008. However, he deserved greater accolade for this novel.
The book is told by Jasper Dean regarding his relationship to his father Martin. It connects various different stories into a complete puzzle of mysteries with the greatest talent for humour. For example, the best part of the book is Jasper's invention of a suggestion box to collect ideas from the residents:
'For Jack Hill, the town barber. While it is admirable that you continue to cut our hair despite the crippling arthritis afflicting you, the result is that this town has more bad, uneven, and down-right mysterious haircuts than any town in the world. You are turning us into freaks. Please ' retire your vibrating scissors and hire an apprentice.' (p.85, Penguin, 2008)
Of course it goes wrong. Another story is the idea to smuggle his criminal brother into prison to enhance his talent by a real thief called Harry. Eventually his brother turns into an Australian hero like Ned Kelly. Jasper also publishes his father's diary in which we find entries like '9:00am woke up. 9:01 am lay in bed, staring at ceiling. 9:02 am lay in bed, staring at ceiling. 9:03 am lay in bed, staring at ceiling. 9:04 am lay in bed, staring at ceiling. 9:05 am lay in bed, staring at ceiling. [']' (p. 247f, Penguin, 2008). Jasper also invents an Australian lottery and becomes rich.
To mention all scenes, you would need to read the whole book. It's impossible to stop describing these little stories because they are the ultimate excellence of 'A Fraction of the Whole'. Steve Toltz assimilates other books, explains philosophy and makes the impossible possible. At the end of the book you think: pure brilliance! Then you wonder: why doesn't the book continue; or when will Toltz publish his second book. Thus, dear Steve Toltz ' please HURRY!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow... 1. Mai 2015
Von BR - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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How can a book that is so brilliant, so inventive, and so often laugh-out-loud funny, be so tiresome? It's not because Mr. Toltz doesn't know when to stop, it's simply that he can't. Even worse, all his characters -- kids, adults, criminals, madmen, women -- all sound exactly the same. Endlessly cracking wise with the same smartass voice. It doesn't feel like you're in a world, more like you're just inside the author's head, listening to him try on a series of masks, pretending to be different characters, but the tone of the voice, the rhythm of the speeches, the sarcasm and misanthropic whimsy just go on and on and on, never changing, never letting up. I made it just past page 300, and had to stop. Lots of raw virtuoso talent on display, but even fireworks can bore you into a stupor if they go on long enough.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Finished at last 27. Januar 2017
Von Owlet - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wanted this book to be over and done with about half way through, but I was compelled to finish it. Too much time and effort invested to just quit. All those pages of rants and ramblings and self-analysis. Enough introspection to cause me to pull out my hair. This book is exhausting. It grabs you and forces you to listen to these terribly annoying characters for whom you have no sympathy. Every so often I just wanted to scream "Get on with it, will you?" So you ask, why fight on to the end? Because buried within all that maddening BS, are insights and truth. And it's beautifully written.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen brilliant, if a bit bloated. 6. Juni 2009
Von Simone Oltolina - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Starting with the bad news, Steve Toltz suffers from "first-novel" syndrome, a quite common affliction (among writers, that is), where you pour too many ideas in just one piece of fiction. This explains why, to me, the novel feels a bit bloated (it could easily do without 150 pages) but, to reassure you, I'll gladly admit it's both brilliant and engaging.
To be honest, this is not a true and sound page-tuner: although it doesn't lack either action or clever plot twists, there is also a lot of introspection and philosphizing which, for many people, could be off-putting.
Let's say this is the perfect beach novel for intellectuals. It's fiction, it brims with humour and it has an engaging plot but, at the end of the day, it still feels like a "serious" work of fiction and not something off the best seller list (hey, it was shortlisted for the Booker!). Ok, enough with marketing.

When you get down to the actual novel, you'll find that it basically revolves around two main characters: Marty and Jasper Dean (the latter being son of the former). The whole novel is about Jasper recounting his father's spectacular life, his peculiar philosphy and his love-hate relationship with both his son and the world at large.
An intriguing character who is both a megalomaniac and a chronic underachiever (if you can picture that), Marty causes the fall of his family and the destruction of his native town, he edits a handbook for criminals (I'm oversimplifying here), builds a labyrinth, runs for Parliament after an infamous speech, tries to make a millionaire out of every Australian citizen, flees to Thailand when the scheme (again, oversimplifying) implodes, etc.
There are many additional characters, the mysterious Eddie, Terry Dean (Marty's brother and legendary outlaw), Caroline, Anouk, etc. so you can see how there is a lot of steam going.

Again, this novel is not perfect but it's an impressive debut and, on top of that, it's one that somehow strikes the right balance between cleverness and the ability to entertain.

Recommended!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Fraction of the Whole 22. April 2010
Von T. Snyder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I just finished Steve Toltz' "A Fraction of The Whole" and have to say I really enjoyed it. It's hard to be funny in print, but there are quite a few laugh out loud moments in the book. The characters are all fantastically crazy, which of course, makes them interesting.

The book does a good job of tying several big stories together. I thought the first big section, that deals with Uncle Terry Dean and Terry's foray into a life of crime, was great and could have stood on its own as a novel.

In the end though, for me, this novel is a bizarre father/son story, and the dynamics of the son following in the father's footsteps.

It did seem to run a little wordy at times. Part of that helps establish the craziness of the characters though. Within those wordy passages, I found thoughts on life/ theories/ ideas/ sayings that had me nodding my head in agreement.

"A Fraction of the Whole" does have a kind of weird, quirky, crazy type of humor. I can definitely understand how some people would think it's not funny, or just not "get it". Overall though, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to my friends who enjoy a good, bizarre story.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hated it? Loved it? 19. Februar 2017
Von Terrie Curran - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
We have crazy, unlikable characters who do nothing useful, positive and worry about death--or the fear of it. They get caught up in impossible situations, have bizarre relationships with other weird characters (oh really?) ... and yet... and yet I kept reading till my eyes ached and eagerly awaited reading at the next chance. I know this novel was published in 2008, but I'd swear that it is so filled with truthiness and alternative facts, exaggerations and egos that it reads as current events. My star rating could be one or five--I chose five because--I don't know why but that's where I'm leaning.
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