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Mr. Peanut

Mr Peanut Mesmerizing exhilarating and profoundly moving Mr Peanut is a police procedural of the soul a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart and a first novel of the highest ord

  • Title: Mr. Peanut
  • Author: Adam Ross
  • ISBN: 9780307270702
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart and a first novel of the highest order.David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock After thirteen years of marriage, he still can tMesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart and a first novel of the highest order.David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock After thirteen years of marriage, he still can t imagine a remotely happy life without her yet he obsessively contemplates her demise Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.The detectives investigating Alice s suspicious death have plenty of personal experience with conjugal enigmas Ward Hastroll is happily married until his wife inexplicably becomes voluntarily and militantly bedridden and Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to the intricacies of marital guilt and innocence, having decades before been convicted and then exonerated of the brutal murder of his wife.Still, these men are in the business of figuring things out, even as Pepin s role in Alice s death grows ever confounding when they link him to a highly unusual hit man called Mobius Like the Escher drawings that inspire the computer games David designs for a living, these complex, interlocking dramas are structurally and emotionally intense, subtle, and intriguing they brilliantly explore the warring impulses of affection and hatred, and pose a host of arresting questions Is it possible to know anyone fully, completely Are murder and marriage two sides of the same coin, each endlessly recycling into the other And what, in the end, is the truth about love Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart and a first novel of the highest order.

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    1. oh, mr. peanut - you were so close to earning a five-star rating from me!! and this is probably my failing rather than any fault of the book, in a way, because i had unrealistic expectations based on just sheer enthusiastic nothing. the book starts out so strong, that when it started going mildly wrong for me, i felt betrayed, and maybe took its departure from where i wanted it to be a little personally*. (i call this house of leaves syndrome) i had been shelving this book for at least a month, [...]

    2. Why do divorces cost so much?Because they’re worth it.**(That joke brought to you by my ex-wife. Not to be confused with the far superior current Mrs. Kemper. Hi, honey!)Anyone who has had a long-term relationship that involved living with your significant other has had this moment. Not when you get on each other’s nerves over the trivial crap like hogging all the blankets or not picking up your socks. I’m talking about that moment when you look at someone you claim to know and love better [...]

    3. Onvan : Mr. Peanut - Nevisande : Adam Ross - ISBN : 030727070X - ISBN13 : 9780307270702 - Dar 335 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2010

    4. Adam Ross has got some fierce writing skills. The man can write, no two ways about it. There's a point fairly early on in Mr Peanut where he hits his stride, and for about the next 100 pages, he delivers some of the best material I've read in quite some time. I was fully prepared to polish up that fifth star. And then, for no apparent reason, quite bafflingly, Mr Peanut started to slide, eventually skidding out of control completely, leaving me very disappointed. With a sense of frustration that [...]

    5. There are moments in Hitchcock's Vertigo where the film seems ready to implode under the weight of so many layers of elaborate and unnatural artifice:--the con game around doubles and desire in the film (X doesn't mean X, it means Y), --the florid psychological thickets of symbol and image (X doesn't mean X, it suggests XY), --the self-reflexive and overdetermined framing of every shot--not to mention the echo chamber of Hitchockian context Such game-playing, such showboating technical virtuosit [...]

    6. A cynical and ultimately manipulative psychological case study of the relationship between men and women, masquerading as a mystery thriller, I found MR. PEANUT ultimately unsatisfying.Ross, in keeping with David Pepin's job as a creator of computer games, plays with the idea of alternate realities; multiple endings; unlikely intersections of fate and time. In games and puzzles this is terrific. But in a book that is supposedly a mystery story this comes off as the author's refusal to commit to [...]

    7. In Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross journeys into the dark underbelly of love and marriage by charting the course of three different relationships that impinge on each other. Principal among them is the marriage of David and Alice Pepin. The two met in a films class and have been married for thirteen years. David is still completely in love with Alice, but at the same time he fantasizes about her death, often in very ghoulish ways. Alice is severely overweight and allergic to a variety of things. Then one [...]

    8. Painful. Grim as the Reaper. The mind (and so this book) goes to some dark places with love and attachment, often leaving lovers to expect the worst from one another simply because they can see the horror in their own hearts. Ross explores the darkness-cloaked, menacing landscapes of the mind occupied by an intimate other, the comparisons made between worldviews, needs, habits, desires in life and in the boudoir, and the way that long-term affection so often leaves you reaching your hands toward [...]

    9. Mr. Peanut is the novel of the moment, or one of the novels of one of the moments, anyway, and while I'm not completely in the tank, I am absolutely glad that the book has received so much positive attention. It deserves it.As America's happiest blurbwhore Stephen King helpfully clues us in on, this is a book about the dark side of marriage. Not the suburban-anomie American Beauty/Revolutionary Road kind of dark side, but the kind of dark side that involves straight-up murdering your spouse—or [...]

    10. Mr. Peanut is an odd book. I not so sure whether it's in a good way, or a bad way.On the surface it's a straight up crime/mystery novel. Nothing to see here folks move along. It is a story of marriage, several of them and murders that happen along the way. But then the book gets all trippy, and you don't know for sure what is a "real" murder, and what's not.ybe they all happened. I'll never tell. I'm not sure I even know at this point.Part of this book is set in my stomping groundAdam mentions,P [...]

    11. Like Fight Club, but take out Tyler Durden and replace him with a complete pansy. Now you have two pansys just whimpering at each other.Seriously, though, the book was good at times and bad at times. It's about the darker side of marriage. The focus is on this couple and it's mildly interesting. Then the wife dies by ingesting a mouthful of peanuts (to which she's deathly allergic). The police think murder, the husband thinks suicide. Then the book just railroads into these crazy tangents about [...]

    12. Probably more of a 2-1/2 star review. I had to push myself to get through this one. By the end, I was mostly glad I saw it through. The last 50 or so pages redeemed some of the problems I had with the book. And ultimately, this is a significantly better book than I could ever hope to write, in terms of the writing, the plotting, the twists, the tying everything together.Ultimately, though, I just found the themes of (1) women being murdered brutally by their husbands and (2) women being so emoti [...]

    13. Adam Ross' book, Mr. Peanut, should have been titled Mr. Penis. I read this book because it was hyped up all around town here in Nashvegas--Ross is a local author and newly formed celebrity. Mr. Peanut was released to incredible acclaim--the New York Times said Ross is a "sorcerer with words."From Publisher's Weekly we hear: "Ross's depiction of love is grotesque and tender at once, and his style is commanding as he combines torture and romance to create a sense of vertigo-as-romance. It's a uni [...]

    14. really probably more like a 4.5, but i'm rounding up because this guy's voice is just incredible. it's the kind of voice that makes you suddenly realize how similar most other writers' voices actually are. it's just effortlessly flowing, hypnotically propulsive, funny, sad, vivid, smart-- it's really just a marvel. every sentence is beautiful but devoid of that preciousness that so many writers seem to have which demands not just that you simply experience the beauty but also STOP AND STEP BACK [...]

    15. This book is fantastic, like super fantastic I mean you should immediately go to a store and buy it and then you should go sit down in the middle of the road and read it the second you leave the store. But don't read it in the store that is bad form. Unless you work in the store and are reading in the basement on your break, but then you will probably spend most of the time annoyed that the other 20 people in the room won't shut up so you would probably be happier outside, but I digress. The poi [...]

    16. Two things I'm finding increasingly irritating in novels lately -- an excessively bleak view of human nature and postmodern gimmicks -- and here they are, together in one novel! Lucky me.In Mr. Peanut we are treated to three dismal individuals in dismal marriages. The husbands philander because they can't communicate with their wives or because they're simply egotistical or both; the wives are distant and passive-aggressive, resorting to tactics like refusing to leave their beds (what the heck?) [...]

    17. A quote from the real Dr. Sam Sheppard opens the book in the epigraph, "I became or thought that I was disoriented and the victim of a bizarre dream." An appropriate beginning, prophetic for the journey the reader is about to undergo with this novel - a story within a story about marriage, murder, the search for a connection, the disconnect between who you think you are and how others perceive you. Certainly it is how I felt when I finished this dizzying book, and I loved every second of it.Davi [...]

    18. At the center of the book is a pretty great 120-page historical novella about Dr. Sam Sheppard, the heart surgeon who did or didn't murder his wife and it plays around in some interesting ways with the impossibility of knowing what actually happened. In my imagination, Adam Ross wrote this and then was pretty hard pressed to figure out how to shape it into something of novel length and has put on either side of it has put a conceptually interesting but kind of poorly written experimental novel. [...]

    19. I'm still turning this book over in my head, so it's hard for me to write a review, even in my concise style. Let me just say that I flew through this book and have been thinking about it ever since I read the last page. If that's not a 5 star novel, I don't know what is.

    20. I read this book full throttle like Thelma heading for the cliff. There was only one moment I had to come up for air -- just after the extraordinarily long aside concerning the Shepperd murder. That bit was fascinating and tone-perfect of itself, but maybe more than was necessary, and an odd obstacle to the forward spiraling of David and Alice's narrative. Can a book be "clever" without being labeled "post-modern"? Is that what post-modern means? The book is clever in plot-construction, use of d [...]

    21. i read this book because karen said it was great, and as always, she was right.Especially for a first novel, this is some seriously good writing.i read this in 2 sittings, and it would have been one if i hadn't started reading it very late at night and was just too tired to go onyway, it is that gripping that you hate to put it down's fairly complicated so you have to pay very close attention as there is a lot of stuff going on all the time, with the three main sets of characters,all of whom are [...]

    22. Adam Ross's Mr. Peanut is a train wreck of a book, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. You stop, you stare, you gape. Eventually you see there is order to the chaos, and as you trust the conductor to guide you through the next part of the journey, continue reading with one eye closed.Only Mr. Peanut isn't about train wrecks. It's about marriage. Oh, wait. Same thing. (Ba-dum dump.) It's a cautionary tale about complacency and the need for partners to see each other anew.But oh, it is so [...]

    23. This book is incredible, and it will seriously ***k you up. Don't read this novel in a terrible mood--I read it a month ago, on a sunny, oceanside weekend away, and still I'm haunted by it. I will say two things about the book. 1) The narrator, David Pepin, is a game designer who made his fortune on a game called Escher Exit, in which the various levels are taken from those perpetual-motion tessellations that M.C. Escher is famous for; bad guys are chasing you, and you have to try to escape. 2) [...]

    24. The saddest thing about this book isn't the unrelenting misogyny or convoluted storylines and subplots; it's the fact that it receives such rave reviews from people who should know better. Maybe I missed something and the whole thing was meant to be some kind of ironic statement, but if so, it wasn't done well enough. Ross portrays the women in the book as totally irrational beings who cannot possibly be understood in any meaningful way by the men who pretend to love them. Meanwhile these same m [...]

    25. Adam Ross. I share your pain. You have written a wonderfully dark book, a piece of fiction born from the very real complexities of matrimony–the type of book that makes one uncomfortable as their minds begin to wander from the story at hand to their own stories at home. I suspect that combination is what has led so many folks to rate it poorly. Your book cover has a skull on it, and maybe a whole slew of readers just assumed it would be about skeletons, literally. Who knows? What I do know, is [...]

    26. Mr. Peanut is a remarkable novel. On a friend’s recommendation, I took a look at an advance copy and, once I picked it up, was unable to put it down. A meditation on marriage and love in the guise of a murder mystery (or, more accurately, a folded series of meditations on love and marriage each in the guise of its own murder mystery or possible-murder mystery), the book pulls off an incredible high wire act. On the one hand, Ross crafts a page-ripping mystery that any Hitchcock fan will adore. [...]

    27. There was a time when I thought men had something useful to say. (By men, in this instance, I mean ex-boyfriends.) They compared me to other women, told me I was difficult, insisted that "we" could never have what "I" wanted. These geniuses were always quick to point out my volatile personality. "You should really get that checked out, Connie. Especially if you want KIDS." Then I met Jesse Kuntz who very quickly informed me that those guys (he refused to call them men) were douche-bags with a Pe [...]

    28. This book confused me & I'm kind of pissed at it for this reason. I suppose I have only myself to blame for my ignorance that Dr. Sam Sheppard was a real person - I'm not sure how I didn't know that, but when his section of the book began, all I could think was, "Harrison Ford? As in The Fugitive? Wha-?" He plays a big part in the book, both as a detective assigned to investigate the murder of Alice and as a 130 page interlude in the middle where he tells the story of his marriage & wife [...]

    29. Yes, the puzzle-piece, shifting narrative structure was interesting, but I am just sick to death of reading/hearing/seeing stories of men who hate women (oh, but they love and marry them too, as if that weren't possible. Come on.). The two main (male) characters, in particular, are cheating pieces of sh*t (I don't know the policy on cursing, but believe me, it's deserved) who act even worse when their wives have pregnancy-related crises. So, first, we're blaming the women for their reproductive [...]

    30. This is one of those novels, I think, that you either get or you don't. And, not just "get" as in "Oh, I see what he did", but "get" as in "Aah, I see where this multilayered, multifaceted study of marriage and human nature is taking us". Brilliant, near textbook execution of what I'm sure is a writing technique few can master. Not being a brilliant writer, I don't even know what the technique is called, if in fact there is a name for it, but read this and you know that the author pulled off som [...]

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