The Fun Parts (Paperback)
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The Fun Parts (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages
Published: 02/01/2014

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A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Meanwhile, an aerobics instructor, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul.

Bold, hilarious and darkly affecting, Lipsyte's stories combine the tragicomic dazzle of his beloved novels and the compressed vitality of his classic debut collection. The Fun Parts is Lipsyte at his best - an exploration of new voices and vistas from a writer Time magazine has said 'everyone should read'.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847088055
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 169 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[A] sour and scintillating new collection of short stories... The dialogue constantly sparkles and unsettles, with strange seismic shifts going on beneath the surface of the prose. You won't read finer sentences this year - Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

An idiosyncratic, hyperactively rendered collection where words and ideas collide to dazzling effect... dementedly imaginative... Sharp and deeply, blackly funny - Metro

Sublime mayhem! Lipsyte expertly works the line between hilarity and pathos... Revelation, wisdom, inner peace - they come hard in Lipsyte's world, if they come at all, which doesn't keep these stories from being a hoot... He delivers plenty of funk, spunk and fizz - Ben Fountain, New York Times

Lipsyte shows himself to be perfectly in control of, and apparently unintimidated by, his own brilliance... Inventive, daring, and wildly funny - Rozalind Dineen, TLS

A brilliantly funny writer... Lipsyte's writing is so biting, so inventive, you find yourself rereading whole paragraphs for the pleasure of it - Tom Fleming, Literary Review

Lipsyte specialises in dark, scabrous stories that are nearly always horribly, excruciatingly funny - Louis Wise, Sunday Times

Lipsyte's understanding of modern spite, rage and self-destruction is peerless... Brilliant - William Leith, Financial Times

Supersaturated with humor, depth, acuity, pain, a warped sense of grace, and the rolling thunder of Lipsyte's matchless prose - Books of the Year, Vice

Lipsyte is a precise and perceptive observer, capable of impaling a lifestyle with one sparse aside - Tim Lewis, Guardian

He is a detail fiend, a maximalist who possesses an expansive linguistic imagination that can satisfy his leanings... [In The Fun Parts] you'll encounter a writer's vision that is slant but acute - Kevin Barry, Guardian

Lipsyte has built his career writing pitch-black comedies... His stories can be wickedly funny and wrenchingly sad, sometimes in the same sentence - Wall Street Journal

Lipsyte blends the humorous and the heartfelt, the riotous and the despairing - New Yorker

Fierce satire mingles with warmth and pathos as Lipsyte showcases his knack for stylistic variety and tangles with the thorny human experiences of moving beyond one's past or shedding one's personal baggage... Lipsyte's biting humor suffuses the collection, but it's his ability to control the relative darkness of each moment that makes the stories so engrossing - Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)

The Fun Parts showcases stories whose sheer telling-their force; their rhythmic momentum-tends to matter more than what they tell of... Lipsyte's stories exhibit a near-geometrical elegance. They're fun; they hurt; they have fun with hurt; but under it all is the sound of silk spinning and quickening, arcing from nothing to nothing-or the sight of an iron moon in mid-flight... The everyday is replayed as poetry - David Winters, The Quarterly Conversation

It has that grim magic, [it] conjures up a world both forgotten and new and teaches the reader something essential - Jim Ruland, San Diego City Beat

Whether Lipsyte's prose is brutally simple or self-parodyingly ostentatious, it is always clear as vodka in its contempt for the human race - Sunday Telegraph

Cute, spry and bizarre... funny - Tom Macaulay, Sunday Times

Clever enough to pack his tales with a profusion of funny lines, Lipsyte's humane view of the world steers him away from the glibness that would have made this book far less palatable - Alastair Mabbott, Herald

He spins out his lines at a breakneck clip, the riffs come thick and fast, and the gags are sprayed on with a machine gun... a whole lot of fun - Kevin Barry, Guardian

Undeniably clever, and linguistically inventive - Independent on Sunday

A horrible world beautifully pinned down - William Leith, Scotsman

Subversive and funny and full of heart - Tom Barbash, Independent Magazine

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