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Hotels of North America #2020

Hotels of North America From the acclaimed Rick Moody a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways through his online reviews Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYou

  • Title: Hotels of North America
  • Author: Rick Moody
  • ISBN: 9780316178556
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hotels of North America By Rick Moody, From the acclaimed Rick Moody, a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways through his online reviews.Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging, where his many reviews reveal than just details of hotels around the globe they tell his life story.The puzzle of Reginald s life comes together through rFrom the acclaimed Rick Moody, a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways through his online reviews.Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging, where his many reviews reveal than just details of hotels around the globe they tell his life story.The puzzle of Reginald s life comes together through reviews that comment upon his motivational speaking career, the dissolution of his marriage, the separation from his beloved daughter, and his devotion to an amour known only as K But when Reginald disappears, we are left with the fragments of a life or at least the life he has carefully constructed which writer Rick Moody must make sense of.An inventive blurring of the lines between the real and the fabricated, Hotels of North America demonstrates Moody s mastery ability to push the bounds of the novel.

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    1. Whenever one communicates, no matter the means or subject, one reveals a bit of himself I am acutely aware of this and often tend to keep my thoughts, lightly dancing in the safety of my cranium, to myself The reason of this could be that this is simply an innate characteristic, or a consequence of some buried childhood traumas Whatever the case, the result is that I like to keep myself close to my chest, as it were Maybe that is why people around me sigh in exasperation when, after asking about [...]

    2. Most unique novel consisting of reviews of hotels and motels posted by the protagonist on an online review site In the reviews he tells much about himself and his loneliness than he tells about the hotels and motels This book is amazing.

    3. As a society, we re kind of obsessed with giving our opinions about everything restaurants, movies, businesses, products, etc No, the irony is not lost on me that I m making this comment in a book review I m writing While many of these reviews you find on sites like Yelp or or can be useful, have you ever stopped to wonder what possesses people to share stream of consciousness ramblings that have very little relevancy to what is being reviewed And while we re at it, have you ever been so interes [...]

    4. I picked this up at the public library on a whim but my hesitations at the beginning I read the first 50 pages waiting for some work on my car continued through the end I wasn t as intrigued with the hotel reviewer as I think as I was supposed to be, so my interest in the story would wax and wane as quickly as his hotel opinions Definitely one you can pick up, read a few pages of, and leave on a stack for a while before returning to There is just not a lot of momentum to be had in the first plac [...]

    5. This was a highly original, funny, and moving book that breaks the conventions of traditional story telling Although the novel is a series of hotel reviews from an online critic, it s really a mystery who is this reviewer Can you divine a man from his online opinions Well, fortunately for the reader, when the online critic cares for talking about himself than the hotels he s purportedly reviewing, you can But, because this narrator does not excel in self awareness, his true nature is still some [...]

    6. Overall, the book worked for me, but I d be very hesitant in recommending it to my friends Starts out in the vein of a cranky hotel reviewer, but that aspect fades until the latter part of the book is pretty much all about his personal life, which is basically a dysfunctional mess by implication I suppose that if I had to describe the story in a single word that d be quirky however, there s also an aspect of Murakami like surrealism at times a collection of dark vignettes, if you will I uprated [...]

    7. Disclaimer I received this ARC from a GR giveawayI was really excited about winning this book It seemed like it was a quirky, weirdly formatted novel, and I m a sucker for that I made it to page 44 and realized that I just wasn t enjoying reading it I was bored The main characters are bourgeois grifters, and I think that maybe this is supposed to be a social commentary, but if it is it doesn t come across clearly.I skipped ahead to the afterword hoping that it would lend some insight and make me [...]

    8. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally So before anything else, I should mention that I ve never read the two big early books that first made Rick Moody famous, 1992 s Garden State and 1994 s The Ice Storm, so have no basis for comparing his newer books to this one but that said, I ve been hugely disappointed by the handful of his books I ve read since t [...]

    9. What a sly and subversive novel Ostensibly the collated writings of online hotel reviewer Reginald Edward Morse geddit , author Rick Moody warns on the copyright page that Persons and places in the book are either fictional or are used fictionally.Continuing the dizzying meta fictional elusiveness, Moody as a character in his own novel remarks in an Afterword to Morse s officially sanctioned collection that this is not a book about hotels but a collection of writings about what it means to be al [...]

    10. Rick Moody is an author who continues to surprise me Most of my reading of his works took place before recording here, but I remember well his deconstruction of 70 s suburban America in The Ice Storm as well as several of his short stories I must admit struggling with his science fiction, but Hotels of North America is in a class by itself There is really nothing else like it Reginald E Morse is a motivational speaker who spends a lot of time on the road due to the nature of his work But his tru [...]

    11. Moody satirizes online reviewing culture hey everybody with pitch perfect aplomb here while also creating a masterful work of layered metafiction If it could ve been novella length instead of its 199 pages, apparently making it novel than novella , it might ve been perfect But perhaps the imperfections are what make the book palatable, real, understandable and conceivable as opposed to obviously fictional These are not just reviews of a hotel but scenes from a life, shared at arm s length e.g v [...]

    12. A masturbatory book about a masturbatory guy who writes masturbatory reviews There were a few funny moments but I can t see this book being published if it was his first He s skating on the name Rick Moody.

    13. Un romanzo insolito e sussurrato sul confine tra solitudine e libert , sulla mancata comunicazione tra i sessi, sulla crisi della coppia, sulla stanchezza dei rapporti, sulla paura di vivere una vita autentica, sulla vita ai tempi di internet Una storia disancorata geograficamente, in continuo movimento, per una volta potenzialmente universale Una storia che racconta una scelta di vita al di fuori dagli stereotipi, sottolineandone non solo l esistenza ma anche la legittimit rispetto ad aspettati [...]

    14. A Superb Fictional Look at the Present Courtesy of an Obscure Writer and his Online Hotel ReviewsIn the short span of two months, three notable works of fiction have been published this year that delve richly into metafiction, starting with Catherynne Valente s Radiance , followed by David Mitchell s Slade House , and now, Rick Moody s Hotels of North America All three are notable for their surprisingly original takes on the novel, not least because of their reliance on metafiction, but Moody s [...]

    15. I enjoyed this quirky book, with it s lovely writing and sly humor It appears to be a compilation of seemingly random hotel reviews from a top online reviewer , Reginald Morse In review after review, a little of him is revealed until the hotel reviews are secondary to his musings on his life This book is not for everyone, but I appreciated the unique concept, wry observations and wonderful prose.

    16. online motel reviewer tells of his sordid and sad life through his travels reviews has timeline for reader to keep track of his situations partners or lack of, in given times and places a classic of modern usa ennui, virtual communications, pomo literature l loved this, some readers could very well loath it.

    17. My brow must have furrowed in concern when, upon referring to the Also By Rick Moody page inside of his ninth and latest work of fiction, I discovered I have read all but one of them I imagine the only thing stopping me from reading 2010 s The Four Fingers of Death, is that aside from a couple of short stories in The Ring of Brightest Angles Around Heaven 1995 and Demonology 2002 , and the three novellas in Right Livelihoods 2007 , I ve never considered myself a big fan of his work I even read 2 [...]

    18. It hurts me not to rave about any Rick Moody title, since I ve long thought and frequently said that he s the most naturally talented American wordsmith of my generation Incredibly gifted with language, never at a loss for inventive story ideas, genius level book smarts, and yet with this ear close to the ground His books are always interesting and often astonishing But Hotels of North American really fell flat for me On the surface the premise of the novel sounds nifty, an interesting form expe [...]

    19. When you enter the negative universe of Rick Moody s Hotels of North America, remember you are walking the same path Jonathan Swift took with Gulliver s Travels, and J.P Donleavy s The Ginger Man That way, when you read the hilarious scatalogical adventures of Reginald Edward Morse you won t stop at the political incorrectness The hero of this novel, the unreliable narrator, disburthens himself of his adventures in hotels across the USA, throwing in a few in Europe for good measure The book is s [...]

    20. Have you ever read a book and just known that the author has to be a jerk in real life I couldn t help but feel like Rick Moody must be everything I hate about the mildly successful male authors I ve had the displeasure of knowing You can tell he thinks his writing is terribly clever, which I suppose I should have expected going it to this when the premise is that the book is written entirely in hotel reviews I love the breadth of words available to us in the English vocabulary, but resent Moody [...]

    21. I started this book last year and put it down for some reason It was good, so I wasn t sure why I never picked it back up again On reflection, I think it s because there s not a lot of narrative tension this is really just a series of vignettes It s quite clever and very meta the conceit is that the book is the collected internet reviews of a man named Reginald E Morse the name is important later He stays in hotels many rather insalubrious and writes reviews of them that often delve far deeply [...]

    22. I ve liked other Moody s better, but I ve also been intrigued by other Moody s less I ve certainly been less torn by other Moody s The concept is definitely interesting, though perhaps a little gimicky The main interest for me is in the form which I ve already said can be a bit gimicky , the narrator s thought pattern which can get a bit exhausting to read sometimes , and in the story between the lines which I m not sure is quite enough I m just not sure how to come down on this one finally I ll [...]

    23. What happened to Rick Moody, anyway His book The Ice Storm was incredible, but after reading it, I never noticed much else from him Hotels of North America was okay, but not nearly as influential as some of his other works This book relies on the reader s knowledge of internet social media culture to be effective too, and I don t know a lot, if anything, about that type of stuff This book was confusing and boring to me than much else.

    24. Readers will detect similarities with George Saunders and Ben Marcus, Sam Lipsyte, Nabokov , but the ranting style here is Moody s own His penchant for the diatribe, the catalogue, the litany goes back to the first pages of THE ICE STORM Here he unleashes page plus iterations on lessons in masculinity, the meaning of home, what one cherishes in a young child, and .Not sure how to categorize this sad, funny, brilliant novel except to say that, like all great literature, it enriches the reader.

    25. Heard the author Rick Moody interviewed on Fresh Air and immediately ordered this book The book uses a travel blog as a vehicle for telling the protagonists economic and personal rises and falls Lesson learned pithy satirical observations told over radio are entertaining but exhausting when compiled for an entire book.

    26. Especially eery incredible when reading while also traveling through hotels of North America I was sitting on my bedspread when Morse explored the horrors of hotel bedspreads, making me strip my mine off and sleep in a bathrobe The part about the child was beyond.

    27. In a previous life, I traveled constantly, so this book s originality spoke directly to me in multiple ways It was a bit repetitious, and yet Moody is a deft, skillful writer whose previous books I highly admire A clever premise with sections of stunning, lyrical prose And generous humor.

    28. So the premise here is that this is a collection of hotel reviews on a site like Yelp or Trip Advisor, assembled over a period of years, from one of their top reviewers, a guy named Reginald Morse Of course, given that this is a Rick Moody novel, it s really about the travails of the guy s life many of the reviews barely even mention the hotels in question, they re just journal entries.This is the third Moody book I ve read, and I love his prose I think he s one of the best living authors when i [...]

    29. Her man was drifting off into a fog bank of amyloid tangles Huh What Moody is too tongue in cheek about the narrator s bad writing After a few dozen pages, the conceit isn t funny any.

    30. I didn t continue reading past page 32 because the author used so many adjectives and couldn t get to the point of his sentences The style of writing just pissed me off so i threw the book across the room.

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