You & Me

You & Me

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Padgett Powell, author of the acclaimed The Interrogative Mood and "one of the few truly important American writers of our time" (Sam Lipsyte), returns with a hilarious Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett's classic Waiting for Godot. Truly a master of envelope-pushing, post-postmodern American fiction, in a class with Nicholas Baker and Lydia Davis, Powell brilliantly blends the sublime, the trivial, and the oddball in You & Me, as two loquacious gents on a porch discuss all manner of subjects, from the mundane to the spiritual to the downright ridiculous.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2012
ISBN: 9780062126153
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Alternative Title: You and me


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Oct 03, 2015

A kinda bad parody of Beckett. One never knows who is speaking, since there is no indication thereof; its all dialogue - no description, no narration, no 'he said' - a partially finished script. It would probably make a better mini-series on film.

Dec 30, 2013

I hugely enjoyed Padgett Powell's previous novel, "The Interrogative Mood". It was composed entirely of questions. So I came to "You & Me" with high expectations. If it's not quite as consistently brilliant as "TIM", it's still an endlessly amusing back-porch ramble consisting of nothing more than the aimless conversation of two aimless old codgers who would like to be more than they are but can't quite work up the resolve to get out of their rocking chairs. You might think a portrait of washed-up humanity would be depressing, but Powell's "weirdly agreeable old dudes" have enough flaky wit and Southern charm to keep us amused and involved right to the end. Powell is a genius, and in his hands experimental fiction is as compulsively readable as a best-selling thriller.


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