The author is causing you to oathe his main character but what if it has nothing to do with the writing Chicken meet egg and all thatJernigan is a drunk An overeducated drunk I think one of the blurbs from The Village Voice Literary Supplement about nails it bitterly ironic crippled by hyperactive intelligence at war with itself It goes on to compare it to A Fan s Notes by Frederick Exley which I recall reading and Retraite sur le Cantique des Cantiques: Commentaires bibliques (Spiritualité) (French Edition) loathing as well back back back when I was youngerI also marked a uote on page 162 one where Peter Jernigan our anti hero gets this from hisive in Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, lady You just know so much Peter she said What a man Treat em bad and they come back for right You re a true assholeMaybe that should have been the title The True Asshole And watching him disintegrate for 200 some odd pages is no treat Andistening to his bile is no fun And finishing the book is an amen hallelujahWitty at times Sure If you The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew like reading about drunk English majors who are as sarcastic as hell be my guest Me I ve got enough negatives to fend off inife I don t need a book to add to my workload Jernigan 1991 by David Gates is mesmerisingI cannot really explain how one of the most misanthropic troubled bitter drunks imaginable with few if any redeeming features results in such a brilliant and compelling bookPeter Jernigan s Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru life is spiralling out of control His wife s gone he sost his job and he s a stranger to his teenage son and his only relief is to drink himself stupid All the reader can do is Are You There God? It's Me M look on in horror as Jernigan shares his sorry tale with customary erudition caustic wit half formed thoughts and perverseogic in a relentless narrative It shouldn t work and yet it does After a slowish initial 30 pages I was gripped and in thrall through to the bitter endI read this for my book group and am delighted it was chosen I doubt I would have come across it any other wayJernigan has been compared to Stoner and there are parallels both in terms of the content but also because both books arewere unheralded classics Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) languishing in obscurity see also Revolutionary Road and Alone in Berlin55 This is one of those novels that establishes its greatness from page 1 and you spend the rest of the novel desperately hoping it can maintain that greatness In the most part it really does Originally released in the early 90 s and soon to be reissued youl hear ots of reaching for Stoner comparisons I haven t read Stoner I dunno the 90 s seems just about distant enough now to make this novel FEEL that otherness of another era no mobile phonesthe walkman maybe Jernigan s time has finally come There is humour and despair here Jernigan is a narrator with all the alcoholic traits he thinks he s funnier than he is you find it hard to pity him he s kind of a dick but you do admire his pursuit of the buzz of his own personal incandescence It is a brilliantly played out drama of how easy it is to slip off the edges you read it uestioning your own reality those things I ve stopped ooking at too deeply in my 30 s maybe not because I m a totally together person now A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) like I tell myself but out of fear that is the fear that Jernigan zooms into at warp drive Star Trek referenceots of them. Stran a una tortuosa decadencia Parece ue I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad las cosas pueden empezar a cambiar cuando conoce a Martha Peretskya madre divorciada de Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children la novia de su hijo e inician una prometedora relación Jernigan esa divertídisima historia de un hombre ue dejándose levar por sus peores cualidades consigue convertir su vida en un estrepitoso fracaso La cautivadora voz de Peter Jernigan nos acompaña en su
Ultimately this novel is a pretty fast read and fairly entertaining But it has a ot of bad writing and a number of poor decisions by its author David GatesDefine bad writing Sure It s when the narrator s insecurity Lonestar Sanctuary leads him to be needlessly intrusive Here are some examples of bad writing in Jernigan I mean ateast I d found out that this was a neighborhood where blacks weren t moving in however you were supposed to feel about that Uh oh no cultural diversity Though in fact all I d really found out was that this was a neighborhood where people didn t want blacks moving in However you were supposed to feel about that Uh oh be coming after me next page 86See a secure narrator would either write the first part of these thoughts and allow the reader to decide what they meant or he d eave them out altogether Instead we get Jernigan feinting at racial commentary just in time to ecture us about how we should feel about such commentary It s petty and safe rebellion and it s uite contrary to what Gates seems to want us to think he s up to with this novelHere s some bad writing He picked up his slice and blew at the molten cheese creeping over the point Good I said You want the rest of it Looks Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India like you got outside of yours pretty fast He shook his head no I took another bite It either was or wasn t good page 93First of all the nature of pizza hasn t a thing to do with this story Since the story has but 237 pages in it one would assume there was no good reason to give two or three of those pages to something as irrelevant as pizzaBut of course there s a reason It s to show the reader how clever the author is When one reads about molten cheese he can t help but think I wonder howong Gates carried that Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, little nugget around in his writing journalAnd then there s the it either was or wasn t goodine If this is to show indecision on the narrator s part it s unnecessary After all by this point in the book the narrator has already overwhelmed readers with his indecisiveness No this Biocentrismo. L'universo, la coscienza. La nuova teoria del tutto line is one clever bit of intrusion on the author s part one place of refuge for the insecure writer Even the folks who claimed to hate my novel had to admit I m talentedAll that written Jernigan will appeal to a certain group of readers Those who are desperate to see Frederick Exley s achievement in impostors may even think they ve found Exley in Gates s first novel Unfortunately they have not Very funny sad drunk guy writing Definitely part of a school but in the front row there s some nimble plotting that makes the book If you took John Updike and Richard Ford and gave them each a serious drinking problem then they would ve probably come up with this bleak portrait of an American Father on the edge At times shocking and touching it nevertheless keeps you reading due to G Some books you re just relieved to finish Thank Odin Zeus the Buddha whomever for putting me across the finishine Books A Small C Compiler Language Usage Theory and Design like this are notoriously difficult to rate so Il How Drawings Work leave the stars behind some mostly cloudySee the old dilemma is this What if you hate the protagonist I mean can t stand the guy Does that sway your view of the book Should it I know you can argue that the book is BRILLIANT because. Peter Jernigan tiene poco más de cuarenta años vive en un barrio residencial de Nueva Jersey con su hijo adolescente Danny y trabaja en una inmobiliaria neoyoruina Inteligente pero con escaso éxito Jernigan naufraga en una adocenada vida dea ue no consiguen sacarlo ni sus adicciones ni su sarcasmo Su estrafalaria manera de relacionarse con Truly Irresistible los demás ya reciente muerte de su mujer o arra.
In this book Gates s Jernigan might be one of the most relate able yet horrible characters ever He s a jackass and doesn t know any other way to beWhen you re brought up by weak people and fraternize with weak people you tend to have an inclination to be weak yourself unless you do something about it Peter Jernigan s not trying to find himself he knows himself He s a terrible father husband and irresponsible as hell He does what he feels ike without thinking about others feelings and drinks than Anthony Bourdain while filming in Tbilisi As horrible as he is he is unfortunately relate able to many people in this world because some ARE Jernigan at their fullest or share some of the ualities that he exhibits on a daily basisThis is a pretty dark book but Gates writes Jernigan so well that his outward personality takes the forefront when most of us would crawl into a ball and say bye to the world for a very I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life long timeIf youike Bukowski s Henry Chinaski you l ike Peter Jernigan Peter Jernigan s The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & life has hit the rocks after the death of his wife through a freak accident he has failed miserably as a father to his teenage son and has a bit of drink problem the answermove in with the mother of your son s girlfriend predominantly to get your sexife back and try to play happy familys again get fired sell your own house once the dollar signs flash before your eyes and in the face of what ife throws back at you just simply drink some and augh everything off Best described as a tragic comedy and shot through with gin and irony this has completely split me down the middle as for everything I The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) liked about it there was much that bothered me the characters for example other than Jernigan were a bit on the dull side and conversations were always broken up with far to much I said she said he said which was most annoying As debut novels go this was not at all bad grimly funny smart and witty and what sacking in substance is make up for in style although it s not something that will Fret Work Step By Step linger in the mind forong Easily readable but flawed Masie Cochran Associate Editor Tin House Books Recently at the urging of Nanci McCloskey I began reading David Gates Jernigan She tossed the book to me while packing for a business trip I skimmed the jacket copy my eyes widening Geez Nanc this is super dark and they kind of give it away in the description What startled me was something Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon like this chainsaw that he turns with disastrous conseuences on his wife his teenaged son his dangerously vulnerable mistress and noteast of all on himself About forty pages in I started wondering how Gates was going to pull it off The novel was uiet thoughtful and dark but not shred your Soigner le Sida autrement avec le protocole ICCARRE loved ones to pieces dark I flipped the book over and read carefully Peter Jernigan who views the world with ferocious intelligence grim rapture and a chainsaw wit that he turns with disastrous conseuences on hisike being buttonholed by a slobbery drunk who pisses his pants is self obsessed who treats everyone with disdain and cynicism including especially those he sleeps with and those closest to him Might not sound great but I enjoyed every word Peter Jernigan is kind of fun in a terribly un PC way. Articular descenso a Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab los infiernos aa vez ue ofrece una desternillante disección del egoísmo a indiferencia y a crueldad ue se hallan en el fondo de cada uno de nosotros Jernigan publicada en 1991 y finalista del Premio Pulitzer es Rechnen und Textaufgaben - Gymnasium 5. Klasse (Mathematik: Textaufgaben/Sachaufgaben, Band 155) la primera y más aclamada novela de David Gates y su protagonista se ha convertido en uno deos antihéroes clásicos de a iteratura norteamericana reciente.
David Gates born January 8 1947 is an American journalist and novelist His first novel Jernigan 1991 about a dysfunctional one parent family was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1992 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award This was followed by a second novel Preston Falls 1998 and two short story collections The Wonders of the Invisible World 1999 and A Hand Reac