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Home Land by Sam Lipsyte

Home Land

by Sam Lipsyte

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This fast read is a tour de force of hilarious self-loathing comedy. The protagonist "Teabag" (his high school nickname) has been out of high school for 10 odd years and has made nothing spectacular of his life. He decides to counteract the self-satisfied blurbs in the high school newsletter with a dose of what his life is really like. The majority of the novel consists of the content of his pathetic (and pathos laden) letters to the newsletter. Hilarity and hijinks ensue.

This is my go-to gift book. It's unpretentious, touching at times, can be read in a day, and will make you laugh out loud on pretty much every page. ( )
  reganrule | Feb 22, 2016 |
A friend of mine reccommended this book to me. He was reading it and thought I might like it too. I did, but I am surprised that Nathan thought I would. The narrator in Home Land has a twisted sense of humor (one that I share, but thought I was hiding better!). Lewis Miner writes in to his high school alumni newslewtter, but instead of bragging, sugar coating or hiding, he tells the truth. All of it, in detail. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
I loved the premise of this book and it came highly recommended from a friend who said "if you like Chuck Palaniuk, then you'll love this one." Obviously, he was wrong. I spent the first few chapters cringing through the rape jokes before finally admitting defeat and putting this one down for good.
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
The rantings of a disturbed individual to his high school newsletter. The book is mildly amusing but goes on and on and on. It just isn't funny enough to qualify for a full book. ( )
  zmagic69 | Jan 19, 2015 |
Every high school reunion in America should have at least one ruthlessly honest chronicler like Lewis Miner in Sam Lipsyte's "Home Land." Lipsyte is just about my favorite writer going these days. I don't know how I missed him in 2004, when this book came out. Oh wait... now I remember... books this good, and this subversive, are generally ignored by the mainstream media. I'm so glad that Lipsyte persevered and "The Ask" got him some of the attention that he deserves. ( )
  DerekSwannson | May 16, 2014 |
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But ''Home Land'' is not simply an account of life at the bottom of the food chain. Miner is too interesting a loser -- in the face of his vast inconsequence, he remains unbowed. ''I cannot, will not, hold my horses,'' he writes. ''My horses are gorgeous things, sweat-carved, sun-snorting beasts. Look at them go! See them gallop at some equine destiny I am ill equipped to comprehend.''
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Its confession time, Catamounts.
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What if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and told...the 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.

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