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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Savage Narrator: Charles Bice Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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The four-month odyssey of a literary lowlife. Set in middle America during the economic hard times of the Nixon era, this tragicomic, epistolary masterpiece chronicles everything Andrew Whittaker - literary journal editor, negligent landlord, and aspiring novelist - commits to paper over the course of four critical months. From his letters, diary entries, and fragments of fiction, to grocery lists and posted signs, we find our hero hounded by tenants and creditors, harassed by a loathsome local arts group, tormented by his ex-wife, and living on a diet of fried Spam, cupcakes, and Southern Comfort. Determined to redeem his failures and eviscerate his enemies, Whittaker hatches a grand plan. But as winter nears, his difficulties accumulate, and the disorder of his life threatens to overwhelm him.

A send-up of the literary life and the loneliness and madness that accompanies it, Sam Savage proves that all the evidence is in the writing, that all the world is, indeed, a stage, and that escape from the mind's prison requires a command performance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 2/16/2014

    " This story was about me. Okay, so maybe I'm not a middle-aged, washed-up writer, but SOMEDAY! Seriously though, while reading you'll see this character go through some rather ugly stages, but you keep reading despite that, because it's just written that well. That's the beauty of this book - you see how ugly life can get, and you laugh. Not out of ridicule, but just because in some situations, you're laughing at yourself (or maybe it's just me...) It gets pretty pathetic in some parts, but push through, because the end is worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renita D'Silva | 2/12/2014

    " Loved the humour in this book. It was one of the few books that made me laugh out loud. I kept on hoping for a happy ending which didn't come, but all in all it was a deliciously funny book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 c.vance | 2/8/2014

    " redundant without repeating anything attractive in style or form--- just... repetitively redundant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ula | 1/31/2014

    " Written only from the POV of the main character through letters he writes to people, I thought it would be hard to follow but it was a really quick and interesting read. Andy Whittaker is a self-centered, selfish, delusional, sexist, racist and totally unlikeable character yet Sam Savage manages to pull just a few tiny bits of sympathy for him here and there in the letters. Very well written and a good book I got from Powell's Indiespensable subscription. (woo woo go Powell's!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 1/18/2014

    " I read 'The Cry of the Sloth' because the author's previous novel 'Firmin' is an endearing favorite of mine. Here, Savage tells the story of a landlord and aspiring novelist's descent into depression and madness. The novel takes the form of letters he writes to his mother, his sister, friends, tenants, and contributors to Whittaker's literary magazine. I could identify with Whittaker as a protagonist given that I too am beset by many of the misfortunes that constitute the source of his unhappiness. However, it is questionable whether the epistelary novel is the appropriate means of delivery for this story. In my opinion all this did was to contribute to the novel's long winded nature. Overall however, my verdict is positive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Frankham-Allen | 1/8/2014

    " A truly funny book. Anyone involved in writing or editing ought to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Squeaktooth | 1/8/2014

    " love it, love fermin the bookshop mouse, love this guy. feel far too sloth-y like the pro(ant0agonist here- sitting figuaratively in a barn drinking while my slumlord empire crumbles all around me. best book i've read in a while that wasn't a re-read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 VeganMedusa | 1/3/2014

    " It resembles 'Pale Fire' in that it's written by an increasingly unhinged author - this book composed of everything the man writes for a year, including letters, notices to tenants, begging letters to the bank, and shopping lists. You cringe then you laugh as he slowly goes over the edge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 11/24/2013

    " Tot plegat massa complicat "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 11/9/2013

    " The book is told in a series of letters written by Andy, a publisher who is trying to hold together the pieces of his tattered life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Axelrad | 8/6/2013

    " funny, touching, troubling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Kudera | 5/20/2013

    " This book has some great, funny parts as well as a few sections where I lost interest. But I blame my own malaise for this, not the text! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jadfair | 5/8/2013

    " A decent read. Pretty funny but not as funny as was intended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 4/5/2013

    " A series of letters from a writer who is spiraling downward into a total breakdown. The first third of the book is quite funny but then we see that there will be no salvation for the author. Quite clever, but ultimately depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eris | 11/2/2012

    " Well written, but ultimately not a necessary read. There was great promise as the tale gathered steam, and then it kind of puttered out completely. I wouldn't tell you not to read it, but I wouldn't run down the street to slap a copy in your hands either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 10/11/2012

    " This book reminds me of Confederacy of Dunces and the format is just a compilation of letters--the protagonist is a very good letter writer--to tenants, exes, friends, literary folks but the author really managed to paint a picture of his life and his relationships in just the letters. Recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 7/19/2012

    " One of the greatest American novels top 10 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 2/29/2012

    " I just didn't like this book. By the end, I didn't even want to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 12/10/2011

    " This reminded me, in places, of Burgess' Enderby books, or the supernal Eliot Baker novel, A Fine Madness. Smart and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/24/2011

    " Darkly funny novel somewhat reminiscent of Confederacy of Dunces where the main character rails against the idiots who surround him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 3/11/2011

    " This reminded me, in places, of Burgess' Enderby books, or the supernal Eliot Baker novel, A Fine Madness. Smart and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/6/2011

    " A truly funny book. Anyone involved in writing or editing ought to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 12/11/2010

    " The book is told in a series of letters written by Andy, a publisher who is trying to hold together the pieces of his tattered life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/30/2010

    " Not nearly as captivating as Firmin....a disappointment by comparison. Little long on playing out the gist of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stig | 10/31/2010

    " Seldom has a total deroute been more entertaining. Poor old Andrew Whittaker, good at nothing except self-delusion, but at that he excels as he descends into madness. I really must be a bad person to find this funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ainun Nazrin | 10/8/2010

    " If you have a dream to be a rich and successful writer, don't read this. Honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 10/4/2010

    " This book reminds me of Confederacy of Dunces and the format is just a compilation of letters--the protagonist is a very good letter writer--to tenants, exes, friends, literary folks but the author really managed to paint a picture of his life and his relationships in just the letters. Recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jadfair | 7/25/2010

    " A decent read. Pretty funny but not as funny as was intended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bluenewts | 7/17/2010

    " i didn't make it far into this book. i liked the style but couldn't force myself to read a whole book about the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eris | 6/16/2010

    " Well written, but ultimately not a necessary read. There was great promise as the tale gathered steam, and then it kind of puttered out completely. I wouldn't tell you not to read it, but I wouldn't run down the street to slap a copy in your hands either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 5/24/2010

    " I liked the concept - both of the plot and the style of writing only through letters and similar materials. But the challenges that this method poses in terms of developing a character and story are noticeable. It wasn't effortless. Still, it had a great sense of humor, and it made me laugh. "

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