IniciGrupsConversesMésTendències
Cerca al lloc
Aquest lloc utilitza galetes per a oferir els nostres serveis, millorar el desenvolupament, per a anàlisis i (si no has iniciat la sessió) per a publicitat. Utilitzant LibraryThing acceptes que has llegit i entès els nostres Termes de servei i política de privacitat. L'ús que facis del lloc i dels seus serveis està subjecte a aquestes polítiques i termes.
Hide this

Resultats de Google Books

Clica una miniatura per anar a Google Books.

The Ask: A Novel de Sam Lipsyte
S'està carregant…

The Ask: A Novel (2010 original; edició 2011)

de Sam Lipsyte

MembresRessenyesPopularitatValoració mitjanaMencions
7263823,698 (3.32)13
Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has "not been developing": after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is offered one last chance by his former employer: he must reel in a potential donor who has requested Milo's involvement...… (més)
Membre:drumcondra
Títol:The Ask: A Novel
Autors:Sam Lipsyte
Informació:Picador (2011), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:
Etiquetes:Fiction, American

Detalls de l'obra

The Ask de Sam Lipsyte (2010)

  1. 10
    Home Land de Sam Lipsyte (raistlinsshadow)
  2. 00
    Idiopathy de Sam Byers (hairball)
    hairball: The Ask does a similar subject far better than Idiopathy.
No n'hi ha cap
S'està carregant…

Apunta't a LibraryThing per saber si aquest llibre et pot agradar.

No hi ha cap discussió a Converses sobre aquesta obra.

» Mira també 13 mencions

Es mostren 1-5 de 38 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A dark, modern comedy with ruined-relationship ends strewn through old friendships and fiendish colleagues, Milo Burke goes through life in a seemingly endless game where he's suddenly rehired at his old job, specifically to successfully lure a big donation from an old friend.

Lipsyte's second most-used weapon is using the protagonist as a simple prop to display interesting characters and milieus, but his forté is wordplay; sometimes, he seems to me a bit like an old man trying to play younger than he really is:

He was the kind of man you could picture barking into a field phone, sending thousands to slaughter, or perhaps ordering the mass dozing of homes. People often called him War Crimes. By people, I mean Horace and I. By often, I mean twice.

Other times, he mashes words into something new:

"I mean," I said now, "I used to know him." "Well, that's just swell," said Cooley, rose, petted his mustache with a kind of cunnidigital ardor.

Yet, when at his seemingly least lucid, he conjures up magnificent sentences using quite a few words:

I felt as though I were snorting cocaine, or rappelling down a cliffside, or cliffsurfing off a cliff of pure cocaine.

Lipsyte's writings about Milo's connection to his child and his estranged wife range from so-so to excellent; diamonds are found in the rough.

The same goes for Milo's connection with his old friend Purdy, the former school-mate who made a fortune in IT.

All in all, the humor is tight and the flow is good. It's a recommendable book which needed more editing. ( )
  pivic | Mar 20, 2020 |
This was a difficult, if well-written, book to listen to. The eloquent use of language created a smart satire, although I found its angry sarcasm hard to take in such a large quantity. The plot, about a man trying desperately to find some sense of meaning in the contemporary, urban world, portrayed a painfully demanding and soul-sucking life. The only character which brought some relief was the protagonist's son, young Bernie. Tough read! ( )
  hemlokgang | Jun 12, 2019 |
The humor in this book is as dark as it comes, and the writing is delightfully nasty. Centered around Milo Burke, a married office drone with a 3-year-old son, the title of the book comes from asking donors for money to support the "Mediocre College at New York City", where Milo toils each day. Hysterical, captivating story of a guy who works in fundraising at a college. His travails losing his job, getting together with college friends, and trying to raise money from one of them to keep his job.
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
A lot of people complain that his characters aren't likable. I don't find that to be true. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
Two stars but more because it is not my thing. So maybe it is I that desrves the two stars and not the book. ( )
1 vota laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 38 (següent | mostra-les totes)
The gift is Sam Lipsyte's writing: a chewy, corrosive, and syntactically dazzling prose style that doesn't so much run across the page as pick it up and throttle it.
 
There's probably not a living American writer who has so comprehensively mined the comic possibilities of that particular anguished, hapless combination of the overeducated and the underachieving as Sam Lipsyte. Against all odds, his heroes refuse to succeed, and they and we are rewarded with the endlessly entertaining spectacle of their nonstop humiliation.
 
Has d'iniciar sessió per poder modificar les dades del coneixement compartit.
Si et cal més ajuda, mira la pàgina d'ajuda del coneixement compartit.
Títol normalitzat
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Títol original
Títols alternatius
Data original de publicació
Gent/Personatges
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Llocs importants
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Esdeveniments importants
Pel·lícules relacionades
Premis i honors
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Epígraf
Dedicatòria
Primeres paraules
Citacions
Darreres paraules
Nota de desambiguació
Editor de l'editorial
Creadors de notes promocionals a la coberta
Llengua original
CDD/SMD canònics
LCC canònic

Referències a aquesta obra en fonts externes.

Wikipedia en anglès (1)

Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has "not been developing": after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is offered one last chance by his former employer: he must reel in a potential donor who has requested Milo's involvement...

No s'han trobat descripcions de biblioteca.

Descripció del llibre
Sumari haiku

Cobertes populars

Dreceres

Valoració

Mitjana: (3.32)
0.5
1 8
1.5 1
2 25
2.5 6
3 65
3.5 9
4 64
4.5 3
5 18

Ets tu?

Fes-te Autor del LibraryThing.

 

Quant a | Contacte | LibraryThing.com | Privadesa/Condicions | Ajuda/PMF | Blog | Botiga | APIs | TinyCat | Biblioteques llegades | Crítics Matiners | Coneixement comú | 162,283,539 llibres! | Barra superior: Sempre visible