Straight White Male Kennedy Marr is a novelist from the old school Irish acerbic and a borderline alcoholic and sex addict his mantra is drink hard write hard and try to screw every woman you meet He s writing film s

  • Title: Straight White Male
  • Author: John Niven
  • ISBN: 9780434022090
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kennedy Marr is a novelist from the old school Irish, acerbic, and a borderline alcoholic and sex addict, his mantra is drink hard, write hard and try to screw every woman you meet He s writing film scripts in LA, fucking, drinking and insulting his way through Californian society, but also suffering from writers block and unpaid taxes Then a solution presents itself Kennedy Marr is a novelist from the old school Irish, acerbic, and a borderline alcoholic and sex addict, his mantra is drink hard, write hard and try to screw every woman you meet He s writing film scripts in LA, fucking, drinking and insulting his way through Californian society, but also suffering from writers block and unpaid taxes Then a solution presents itself Marr is to be the unlikely recipient of the W F Bingham Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Modern Literature, an award worth half a million pounds But it does not come without a price he must spend a year teaching at the English university where his ex wife and estranged daughter now reside.As Kennedy acclimatises to the sleepy campus, inspiring revulsion and worship in equal measure, he s forced to reconsider his precarious lifestyle Incredible as it may seem, there might actually be a father and a teacher lurking inside this preening, narcissistic, priapic, sociopath Or is there.Straight White Male is a no holds barred look into the mid life crisis and the contemporary male sexual psyche It is a brilliant new satire from one of Britain s sharpest writers.

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    1. Imagine you’re having a nice drink in a bar. Then an utterly wasted middle-aged man staggers over to you, purple nose with cracked veins, face so red it looks about to explode at a moment’s notice, reeking of alcohol. He sits next to you heavily and proceeds to tell you details of his life you don’t want to know in an extremely loud voice, details that comprise his sex life and his drug and alcohol intake, all of which he is very proud of. Then imagine, as you try to leave, that you can’ [...]

    2. John Niven is an expert at writing deplorable, hedonistic main characters (except, well, Jesus). Kennedy here is no exception, ignoring his family and obligations in order to snort, drink, and fuck his way through the entirety of Hollywood. He's smart, a bit sadistic, and certainly lacking in self-awareness. When the tides turn against him--and they do--they do so slowly, events conspiring in such a delicious manner because you want Kennedy to be a better person and don't mind relishing in a bit [...]

    3. Kennedy Marr, erstwhile bestselling author, is a successful Hollywood screenwriter. Lazy, offensive and narcissistic, he is an alcoholic and a compulsive womaniser - barmaids, starlets, TV producers and most memorably his wife's best friend at his own wedding. He is not choosy.An unlikely set of events sends him back to a university in England - lured there by a massive tax free payment - to be a visiting professor of creative writing for a year. To complicate matters his ex wife is a lecturer t [...]

    4. This is a book whose beauty lies in creating a character who is totally, almost unbelievably terrible as a human (really, an absolute platinum-lined shitball) and yet somehow sympathetic. Kennedy Marr is rude, self-absorbed, unreliable and from the opening chapter clearly on a fast track to self-destruction, but you know what? I really liked him. And that's not because I am also a shitball, honestly, it's because Niven's writing is clever and funny and honest. Mostly though it is funny - laugh o [...]

    5. Gave this five stars simply because I enjoyed it so much. I laughed and chortled all the way through. Irish screenwriter Kennedy Marr lives the high life in Hollywood – rich, extravagant, boozed, drugged and sex up to the eyeballs. He's a rogue, but he's also clever, educated, funny and brilliant company. He leaps off the page and seems like a great guy to meet in a bar. He is, however, having doubts about his life – his many betrayals of his wives and girlfriends, mother, brother and sister [...]

    6. Review also found at kristineandterri/2I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Grove Press via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is October 7, 2014.This story provided quite the food for thought for me. The character of Kennedy was perhaps the most unlikeable, self indulgent, self centered, egotistical & narcissistic character I have ever read. I simply hated him. The problem is he was meant to be and this is where I struggled. Alas [...]

    7. What an incredible book. A beautifully written, clever, funny and deeply disturbing book that will grab hold and stay with you. Niven is as funny as ever but this novel has a distinctly grown up feel about it compared to his others (Cold Hands aside). What starts out as entertaining quickly gets dark, and then very dark. Yet within even the rawest moments, there are still moments of pure comedic genius and you can't help but laugh despite everything that is happening. Equally there are moments o [...]

    8. How do you succeed in creating a difficult central character, indeed a quite obnoxious one, and yet persuade your readers to fall in love with him. John Niven provides a textbook example in this scintillating, very funny and ultimately surprisingly moving satire, the story of a Falstaffian Irish screenwriter, mired in his own deep flaws.Kennedy Marr is no pale genius blushing unseen. He fully admits that he's sold out, promising himself that he'll tell philistine producers where to go, but const [...]

    9. Many moons ago I read Kill Your Friends and I loved it. Earlier this year I started to catch up on the other books John Niven has written, and almost all of them are very enjoyable, and here’s another one to add to that list.I was unsure about this book for the first third or so, however it improves as it goes along as it effectively satirises the American film industry, publishing, English academia, and, the biggest cliche of all, the middle-aged novelist trying to come to terms with his own [...]

    10. This is not going to be for everyone and the first 50 pages or so are tough to get through until you realize where the author is going. But stick with it and then wow. A great story and absolutely stunning writing. Bring on more Niven!

    11. Straight White Male starts out like a sort of angry young man lad-fiction novel. The premise of the mid 40's, successful in work but not in life sexual predator, being forced by circumstances back in to the more mundane. It starts that way, but really all Niven (who I am increasingly becoming sure is a genuinely gifted writer) does all of this to wrong foot his readership. Kennedy Marr, the aforementioned philanderer, is a deeply tormented man. His family has fallen apart, he can't seem to care [...]

    12. No-one writes like John Niven.This could be filed under a straight forward lad lit. It's over the top but as funny as anything that is out there.But there is so much more to the book than that.Our hero - Kennedy Marr - is in his mid forties. He is a successful author. Well, at least he used to be. He last wrote a book several years ago, having now sold his soul to the Hollywood machine.He is also cartoonish in his over-the topness. The book opens with what you expect from Niven. An hilarious set [...]

    13. I enjoyed this as a light read - it had some good turns of phrase about life and art, and some funny one liners.The problem is that I didn't quite find the main character believable. He is a high functioning alcoholic who enjoys womanising, living the high life in California as a film scriptwriter. He is forced to go to England to take up a teaching post at a university. A few things don't ring true about this. Firstly, he was too likeable. He's intelligent, liberal and a great writer. His ex-wi [...]

    14. WowI have to say that this is an incredibly human book. More than any book I've read in a long time, maybe ever. And the humanity is most found in the little things, and those little moments are so precious and so real, so pertinent.Beyond that, I think it's really cool that the author was able to make the over-arching story speak to me. As if, yeah right, a mid-western farm/professor's wife is really going to identify with this main character and his circumstancesI thought I would really dislik [...]

    15. Unfunny and lethally self indulgent, Straight White Male took about a hundred pages too long to get Kennedy to the UK and then failed to deliver any collegiate, fish out of water humour. Pointless, legless and a bore, much like Kennedy Marr.

    16. An ageing, inexplicably successful, narcissistic shit begins to feel intense pity for himself. No amount of quoting Yeats and James Joyce could make this character likeable or believable as a talented writer or human being. Impossible to care about his fate.

    17. Amazing! I laughed through the first half and cried through the second. Niven's characterisation is verging on perfect!

    18. Endlich hat er das Schriftsteller-Thema aufgegriffen. Fand bisher alle seine Werke gut und habe schon drauf gewartet. Was soll ich sagen? Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht! Ein tolles Buch!

    19. I'm a big John Niven fan and have now read all his novels except for his thriller Cold Hands. Kill Your Friends was an amazing debut, like a British American Psycho, I liked it so much that I didn't think he could better it. Then I read his next novel The Second Coming and thought that was equally as good. His third novel The Amateurs was also good but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as his first two, so I wasn't sure what to expect from Straight White Male.There's a quote from Catlin Moran on t [...]

    20. What’s not to like about John Niven? Another absolute belter, no one does male modern misogynist hedonistic misanthropic mid-life crises like Niven. Like the last book of his I read ‘Kill Your Friends.’ I could have quite easily read this one in a day as well, if Hogmanay and a ‘festival hangover’ had not ridden in.It is beautifully referenced to some of the great male writers, without descending into prescriptive non-fiction. I appreciate the amount of research this can take, to then [...]

    21. Uno dei migliori libri che io abbia mai letto in vita mia. Sono ancora arrabbiata perché Beh, è finito. La vita di Kennedy Marr è un'iperbole di errori e riflessioni, con risposte a domande che tutti ci siamo posti almeno una volta.Diretto, schietto, volgare e falsamente superficiale, questo libro è da divorare.

    22. "He had been given his shot. () What he had written, his angle on the world, his idea of how we talk, think and interact with one another, had been taken to market. And the people at the market, the public, had resoundingly said, 'No thank you. We're good.' "

    23. Funny and frivolous mostly but manages to have a 'moral of the story' finish and some laugh out loud and touching moments .

    24. A note before this review begins: I am somewhat of a sucker for stories about the debauched writer, for the alcoholic wordsmith that spills page after page of blinding prose as quickly as he pours wine and beer down his throat. I don't quite know why, but I suspect a pang of envy at their lifestyle.Niven's Kennedy Marr is the epitome of the unruly author. Already a millionaire success story living it up in LA, Marr's life is a spinning blade of breakages. He breaks records, hearts, promises, bus [...]

    25. A few weeks ago I was at a John Niven reading in Hamburg, Germany. The guy is funny, intelligent, probably not at all the asshole his protagonists are. I would like to think that much of Niven's views, opinions and characteristics make it into this book. It is a satire on Hollywood, yes, not very original, but funny and entertaining. Also it is a satire of academia, more to the point, a world even crazier than Hollywood. Underneath this is probably a story about addiction. The protagonist Kenned [...]

    26. A volte inizi un libro aspettandoti di leggere qualcosa di divertente, che abbia una trama interessante e che ti tenga incollato al testo; sperando succeda che verso la fine ti dispiaccia stia finendo, perché sai che i bei libri fanno questo effetto.E' successo!Come si fa a non tifare per Kennedy Marr? Quanti maschietti vorrebbero essere come lui? Avere la sua stessa vita?Ma chiunque, pur volendo essere come lui, non può non porsi le domande sul significato del vivere che si pone Kennedy.Ma qu [...]

    27. Read this for book club. Would never have chosen it myself in a million years. Language & subjects are quite explicit in parts which didn't bother me and the humour kept it from being too tedious.(just). Sad middle aged drunk rich man having lots of sex with women who find him unbelievably irresistible ! You can tell it's written by a man! I think most women would really have avoided this sozzled old self obsessed bore like the plague. Maybe it's the Authors ideal fantasy life! :-) I did not [...]

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