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Pretty neat book.  I read this because I saw it in a list on Flavorwire that said it was written in the present tense.  It actually does really work as the article said.


I liked the story and the liberal use of cocaine was a bit interesting.  I don't want to write too much as I don't want to give away any spoilers sort of thing but I actually ended up liking the guy in the end.  I saw this was made into a movie but I don't know how that could possibly ever work.


I don't think they ever give the guy a name do they but he is referred to as "Coach."


I feel like there are literary things going on here that are lost on me.  Maybe someone else can elaborate.  Any one have any thoughts on this one?

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It must be getting on for a quarter of a century since I read this, but I remember that large parts of it were written not only in the present tense but in the second person (you did this, you do that etc) which made it stand out from the crowd. I think I've seen the film as well.


McInerney's world was sometimes compared with Fitzgerald's Jazz Age stories., and this was lauded in its day as a reflection of a certain sort of early '80s culture where cocaine was liberally sprinkled about. I do wonder if it has stood the test of time; it has certainly fallen into obscurity as far as I can tell, as has McInerney's body of work as a whole; rather unfairly I think. His The Last of the Savages is one of those books I'd nominate as very unfairly neglected. 

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