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Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

Leaving the Atocha Station (2011)

by Ben Lerner

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One of the most talked-about, widely celebrated, and exhilaratingly original US debuts of 2011, here is a portrait of the artist as a young man adrift in an age of Google searches and globalisation.
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Enjoyable read. Blends the sincerity and parody in the life of a young pretentious poet. ( )
  albertgoldfain | May 27, 2020 |
typifies white male privilege and assurance but is so intelligent and unusual that i was in awe of the writing. ( )
  boredgames | May 22, 2020 |
A great book about being an annoying asshole! ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Mostly forgettable as a novel.

Yet, it succeeds in touching a nerve, as it might for others who have spent time with in the presence of talented, skilled and poised people. The sensation of self doubt and confusion about one's own merit is captured in a way that wouldn't work as well if the writing was coherent and well crafted. It's appropriate and fitting for a story themed on semi-incompetence to be executed in the same spirit.

Who knows, maybe the whole thing is a half-mocking, self-referential joke that went to far and accidentally got published.

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  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
Had steered clear due to the premise - story of precocious poet in Spain, written by a prize-winning poet who, er, spent time in Spain - but this is actually a very funny book. Savagely satirises exactly the sort of privilege and hubris I feared it would be full of. ( )
  alexrichman | Jan 7, 2020 |
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