Feb 23, 2020
Home Land
Posted by Sam Lipsyte

What if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and tolde truth Here is an update from hell, and the most brilliant work to date, by the novelist whom Jeffrey Eugenides calls original, devious, and very funny and of whose first novel Chuck Palahniuk wrote, I laughed out loud and I never laugh out loud The Eastern Valley High School Alumni newsWhat if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and tolde truth Here is an update from hell, and the most brilliant work to date, by the novelist whom Jeffrey Eugenides calls original, devious, and very funny and of whose first novel Chuck Palahniuk wrote, I laughed out loud and I never laugh out loud The Eastern Valley High School Alumni newsletter, Catamount Notes, is bursting with tales of success former students include a bankable politician and a famous baseball star, not to mention a major label recording artist Then there is the appalling, yet utterly lovable, Lewis Miner, class of 89 a.k.a Teabag who did not pan out This is his confession in all its bitter, lovelorn glory.

  • Title: Home Land
  • Author: Sam Lipsyte
  • ISBN: 9780312424183
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Home Land What if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and tolde truth Here is an update from hell and the most brilliant work to date by the novelist whom Jeffrey Eugenides calls origina

    Melki

    Just like those ubiquitous Christmas newsletters that seem like so much bragging where you only ever hear about the GOOD THINGS that happen, relentlessly cheery alumni newsletters are only telling you HALF the story I mean, not everybody can turn out to be a big success after graduation, right Each class has to have some losers.Meet Lewis Miner, aka Teabag Still hanging around town Still single Still marginally employed.And now he s telling it like it is in the Catamount Notes alumni newsletter. [...]


    eb

    The waste of talent on display here makes me angry Lipsyte has chops for weeks, but he uses them not to tell a story, or create actual characters, but to show off, and show off, and show off The dialogue is snappy The setups are unique The anguish is convincing But Lipsyte cares so little about his characters that it s impossible to keep them straight, much less feel anything when their heads get bashed in with maces And he cares even less about story Page after perfectly calibrated page goes by [...]


    Jim

    There are two kinds of readers in this country those who know that Sam Lipsyte is the funniest writer of his generation and those who haven t read him yet Lipsyte s new novel Home Land is the epistolary tale of Lewis Miner, aka Teabag, a freelance writer of bogus FunFacts and self appointed chronicler of the strange fates that have befallen the Catamounts of Eastern Valley High The novel is written as a series of updates to the alumni newsletter, but in Lipsyte s capable hands the form is flexib [...]


    Brian

    If brevity is the soul of wit, then pithiness is the essence of satire.Sam Lipsyte has the chops He can definitely write his dialogue is sharp, his prose is snappy and yes, he can elicit true LOL moments like few other authors But holding together an epistolary satiric tour de force for 220 pages is like watching your favorite stand up comedian do a 7 hour set The center won t hold, and when all of the characters have similarly brilliant and hilarious rejoinders, something s got to give.I am ver [...]


    Krok Zero

    God damned brilliant.I wish there were books like this literary comedies that are at once laugh out loud funny, phraseologically intricate, and resonant on the level of the emotions and the psychology and the whatnot Let s face it, Catamounts most good writers aren t funny, and most funny people couldn t write a novel any than some non funny schmo like me could.But this guy Sam Lipsyte, damn He is the total package And in Home Land, he s written a book that kinda needed to exist.This novel cov [...]


    Shya

    Lipsyte is a master of the sentence Like his fellow Lish learned sentence experts Gary Lutz, Barry Hannah, Dawn Raffel, Noy Holland, etc, etc, etc , Lipsyte pays extreme attention to the cadence, sounds, and layers of meaning in his language When reviewing Home Land, one has the urge to simply create a list of the many wonderful lines between its covers But that would not fairly represent the other most impressive quality of Lipsyte s prose its humor And this is where Lipsyte stands apart from m [...]


    Steve

    There were times I actually laughed OL That s really saying something when a book can do that to a middle aged guy on a commuter train before his second cup Every other page had something to smile at, whether it was self mocking slacker wisdom or just plain funny ways of putting things E.g Each of us walks to the beat of a different drummer It s just that some of these drummers suck You don t read something like this for its plot, but the wry snippets and acerbic social scrutiny made for a consi [...]


    Youndyc

    Well, Catamounts, I cannot say why I finished this book Perhaps it had to do with the length or sheer stubborness, or perhaps because I was proscratinating to avoid the steaming turdpile of work I needed to do Or perhaps it was destiny, that horrible sense that I couldn t do anything but finish this book.And if you liked that brief review, you will love this book, especially if you mentally edit my brief review to contain a great deal of profanity, masturbation references, and dope smoking becau [...]


    Lemar

    Does this apply to our times Give a man a fish, he eats for a day Teach him to corner the market on fish and be thankful for the small acts of philanthropy he may perform while depriving most of the world of fish Biting, gleeful and self deprecating humor shoulder the load of a deep and honest examination of life in America circa now Employing a technique that frames the novel as a series of submissions to that most vainglorious and banal of publications, the Class Notes section of a high school [...]


    Gloria

    Well, it s been awhile since my last bailed on it offering Guess it was time.This book got so many great reviews including one from Chuck Palahniuk , and the premise of it sounded amusing It wasn t.Remember that guy in high school who was, yes, intelligent, but never really quite fit in You saw him at the 5 year reunion and he had this major chip on his shoulder surrounding those high school days Another several years and a few reunions later, that chip has turned into the Rock of Gilbraltar wi [...]


    Ryan Chapman

    It s an unbeatable comic premise Lewis Miner, aka Teabag, writes a series of updates to his high school alumni newsletter not to brag about his latest promotion or recent marriage, but to provide shockingly honest diatribes on how he did not pan out He writes with a sort of exhilarating looseness of language, a Humbert Humbert with not enough ambition and too much weed, that matches his outsized delusions of grandeur And while parts of the book are truly hilarious, the conceit is barely maintain [...]


    Victoria

    Oh I REALLY liked this book It was very original and had such a strong narrative presence Though it was pretty dark, and rather bitter, it amounted to a surprisingly hysterical book I found it really funny though a bit disgusting in parts I hope that my fiance will read this because the whole time I read it, I kept thinking of how he would find this even funnier than I did The book had many great lines and was just terrific I think that anyone who went to a public school in the suburbs will reco [...]


    Adam

    Homeland is Sam Lipsyte at his most baroque twisted hilarity An epistolary novel straight from hell I m pretty sure no one was worried about that form, but is in fine health here if you can call any of this healthy this features some eccentric ranting and raving, you will love and fear Lewis Teabag Miner and his Classmates Catamounts This is a satire featuring a lot of emotion along with its rage and blistering wit and an unusually strong set of characters and remains stylistically fresh through [...]


    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I dunno I ve really liked other books by Sam Lipsyte, but I found this one repetitive and frustrating I may have just not been in the right place for it, but I won t be going back One friend recommended that I not read it, and she was right I swear the author has made me laugh though Try The Fun Parts or The Ask instead of this one.


    John Blumenthal

    I loved the concept behind Home Land a down and out alumnus of a high school writes bulletins to his high school newsletter, mocking and insulting fellow students as well as the administration, especially the principal, and details the dismal failure of his life The style of the writing is hip and funny But there s no plot and the narrator is way too relentlessly whiny and cynical As a result, I just couldn t finish it.


    J

    I d like to write a lot about this And will when I have time If you dig the blackest kind of humor you ll like this Although one weakness of this particular sub genre is that everyone is crazy and everyone speaks in crazy poetry.


    Héctor Genta

    Il non giovane Holden.Lipsyte scrive bene Molto bene Arguto, intelligente, corrosivo E poi lo stile moderno, fluido, ricco di inventiva pagine che scorrono con facilit , cariche di immagini e situazioni frutto di una fantasia infinita Detto questo, aggiungo che mi piacerebbe vedere Lipsyte alla prova con qualcosa di pi impegnativo, di qualcosa che non fosse il solito standard sul quale sembra appiattirsi gran parte della recente generazione degli scrittori americani Per quanto possa essere racco [...]


    Tom

    One of my flaws as a reader is that when I pick up a book that s touted as being side splitting, hilarious, etc I spend the first 40 50 pages finding everything about it that s not funny, thinking about how the jokes aren t working, and generally just not enjoying myself I can t explain why I do this, although I do think a lot of allegedly funny authors just are not funny at all Point is, it took a while before I started laughing, because some of the attempts at humor just seem so badly strained [...]


    Kimberly

    I was really excited to read this book because the reviews all mentioned the off the wall narrative and hilarious point of view And that aspect of the novel didn t disappoint But, otherwise I wasn t crazy about this book Maybe it was because not only could I not relate to the main character, Lewis Miner, AKA Teabag, but I didn t like him at all.Lewis is writing nonsensical, ridiculous and often offensive class notes for this high school s newsletter Of course they are not being published, so all [...]


    Anne McAneny

    I loved this book It s told from the perspective of a former, somewhat bullied high school boy who, at age 30 or so, is sending updates to his high school newsletter The honesty or total fabrication one never knows of the updates is refreshing and hilarious If not for the comedic aspect, it might come across as sad, but Sam Lipsyte knows exactly how to deliver the right balance of self deprecation from the protagonist, as well as make us appreciate his astute observations and high level of intel [...]


    Jim Leckband

    Very funny book of a slacker in a northeastern suburb a few years after his high school graduation The chapters are ostensibly his contributions to the Alumni Newsletter These chapters of his life as he lives it and the characters he has surrounded himself with would never be printed in said newsletter as they are so over the top.The hilariousness sadness of this is reflected in the title of the book Home Land I m a sucker for ferreting out the larger significance in the naming of a book Since t [...]


    Heather

    i don t know if i m just over holden caulfield or if sam lipsyte was only half paying attention when he wrote this the blurbs on the inside cover make the comparison to salinger and it s easy to see why there is absolutely no denying that lipsyte is smart, talented and can write some snappy dialoge, pinning down all the angst and horrible funny things that can happen in a day, or a lifetime Lewis Miner,a.k.a Teabag is supposed to be that lovable asshole the guy that tells the truth, even when it [...]


    David

    Oz told me about this book and I liked it quite a bit I started reading it during the retreat after first getting to costa Rica, I thought it might stir some soul searching as I finish out my twenties, but not really I had a lot of weird reactions when people asked me about the book Dude writes angry updates to high school newsletter , some people asked me if it was fiction and others probably got a little weirded out That is pretty much what the author does, reflect on his life and perceived la [...]


    Justin

    I am completely in awe of Sam Lipsyte s command of language, most pointedly in terms of humorous usage I am not exaggerating when I say many passages in Home Land in fact, pretty much one per page on average had me chortling with glee, if not at their sheer funniness, than at least at the sheer joy that comes with seeing fabulous words on the page, beautifully used I tend to write too much in these stupid comment fields, so I ll just leave you with one of my favorite Lipsyte blurbs, and also one [...]


    Jan

    Another outstanding comic novel from Sam Lipsyte Written in the form of a updates to a high school alumni newsletter by someone who didn t pan out, this book proves Sam Lipsyte s ability to toe the line between morose and uproarious all while maintaining an enviable consistency of tone and humor Though the pacing of the story can be a little haphazard sometimes falling all over itself, while the sections that unfold deliberately leave a greater impact , it s definitely worth taking to the beach [...]


    David

    This is definitely an entertaining book I don t think I ve ever read anything quite like it before The format is interesting, updates from a fuck up to his alumni newsletter that he doesn t even expect them to publish To say it is imaginative would be an understatement Still, I expected the main character to be insane Maybe I m just messed up than I thought, but he seemed like a pretty normal guy to me by the end You ll excuse me now, I need to go write a letter to my high school alumni associ [...]


    Julia

    The conceit here is very promising a burnout starts writing realistic letters to his high school alumni bulletin and tells stories, in real time, of his interactions with former classmates But after a while it got tiresome, the malaise of a overweight, white, 30 year old suburban fuckup becomes repetitive, and the satire isn t absurd enough to carry it through Lewis starts out as a lovable protagonist, but by the end of the book, the reader is just as annoyed with him as everyone else is.


    Jonathan

    There are parts of this book that convinced me that Lipsyte is a genius, that s how funny it can be But I found that halfway through, I had zero interest in the story at all, and was reading solely for the jokes The good news is that there are a lot of amazing jokes The end salvaged a lot of that for me, the final rant is hilarious and pointed, and the final chapter managed a degree of actual human sadness that I liked.


    Ryan Williams

    Line by line Lipsyte is obscene, snarky, exact, and brilliant He throws out spot on observations and acidic one liners at a positively indecent rate His short stories and articles play to his strengths he can blaze away and quit while he s still ahead Not so in a novel, alas Plotting has never been Lipsyte s strong point, hence the crushing feeling of reading the same chapter several dozen times.


    dave

    Completely brilliant and hilarious book that takes the form of letters written by an admitted loser named Teabag to his high school alumni newsletter It s amazing that Lipsyte is able to pull this off In lesser hands it would be a one joke, 1500 word short story, but he turns it into a hilarious, affecting riff on growing older and dealing with our shitty pasts, and all kinds of other stuff Read it.



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