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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 07/01/1999
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Oscar-winning writer Steve Tesich masterfully creates and destroys the sad, mad world of Saul Karoo.

It was a tradition with the McNabs, George and Pat, to have a day-after-Christmas party but never before had the events of the world conspired to make the party so lively and so appropriate. There was so much to celebrate and talk about. There was Havel, the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, the collapse of Communism, Gorbachev and, for the next few days at least, there were all these Romanians with their delicious-sounding names.

Karoo is an alcoholic who can't get drunk, a loving father who can't bear to be alone with his son, a fixer of film scripts who admits that he ruins every one of them.

Calamity and comedy accompany Saul on his odyssey through sex, death and showbusiness as he seeks to 'fix' both a master director's greatest film and his own broken life at the same time. Originally published in 1998, Karoo has become widely recognised as a modern classic, a caustic, original and sharply observed portrait of 1980's New York.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099777915
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


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"Karoo has all the ingredients of a truly great novel. Its plot has the pathos of a Greek tragedy and enough twists and turns to satisfy the most avid Raymond Chandler fan. The characters come alive as soon as they appear on the page. Fantastic" * Literary Review *
"Utterly wonderful... This novel does supremely what novels were invented to do - it confronts the most unbearable sadness with a comic exhilaration that makes you almost pleased that life is tragic" -- Howard Jacobson
"Mordantly funny, unexpectedly moving and brutally honest about the business of making movies" -- Richard E Grant
"Fascinating. A real satiric invention, loaded with wise outrage" -- Arthur Miller
"Terrific. Nakedly honest, a tour de force of self-destruction. As Saul spirals into free-fall we're with him all the way, because he's so furiously funny" -- Deborah Moggach

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“Tremendous Book”

This is a completely brilliant book that I am so glad to have discovered after John Niven picked it for A Good Read on Radio 4. It is funny, depressing, surprising and ultimately an immensely satisfying read. Saul... More

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