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The Adulterants By Joe Dunthorne The Adulterants Ray Morris is a tech journalist with a forgettable face a tiresome manner a small but dedicated group of friends and a wife Garthene who is pregnant He is a man who has never been punched above t

  • Title: The Adulterants
  • Author: Joe Dunthorne
  • ISBN: 9781941040874
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Adulterants By Joe Dunthorne Ray Morris is a tech journalist with a forgettable face, a tiresome manner, a small but dedicated group of friends, and a wife, Garthene, who is pregnant He is a man who has never been punched above the neck He has never committed adultery with his actual body He has never been caught up in a riot, nor arrested, nor tagged by the state, nor become an international hate Ray Morris is a tech journalist with a forgettable face, a tiresome manner, a small but dedicated group of friends, and a wife, Garthene, who is pregnant He is a man who has never been punched above the neck He has never committed adultery with his actual body He has never been caught up in a riot, nor arrested, nor tagged by the state, nor become an international hate figure Not until the summer of 2011, when discontent is rising on the streets and within his marriage Ray has noticed none of this Not yet.The Adulterants would be a coming of age story if its protagonist could only forget that he is thirty three years old Throughout a series of escalating catastrophes, our deadpan antihero keeps up a merciless mental commentary on the foibles and failings of those around him, and the vicissitudes of modern urban life internet trolls, buy to let landlords, open marriages, and the threat posed by sensitive men But the wonder of The Adulterants is how we feel ourselves rooting for Ray even as we acknowledge that he deserves everything he gets.
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    1. Janelle on said:

      THE ADULTERANTS by Joe Dunthorne Thank you to Tin House for providing my free copy all opinions are my own This small, little, off putting book is about thirty something year olds that can t seem to grow up The story is centered around the main character, Ray Morris, his pregnant wife, Garthene, and a close knit group of friends I would describe this as dark satire There are a few laugh out loud moments and some great quotes but I couldn t get invested in the storyline I found some of it too rid [...]

    2. Doug on said:

      I rarely find a book that I will literally laugh out loud reading, but this one did the trick often than not The jacket blurb calls Dunthorne a British Dave Eggers , but I d say the apt comparison is to Tom Perrotta and this bears than a little in common with Little Children in its dissection of screwed up and screwing around suburban young marrieds The book never quite went where I was expecting, and that teeter totter quality certainly added to my enjoyment I COULD have done without some of [...]

    3. Melissa on said:

      Lord, grant me the self confidence of a mediocre white dude I think this novel is supposed to be satirical, but it really just comes off as the narrative of some sad sack idiot who isn t even as remotely woke as he thinks he is He kind of deserves everything that happens Thanks Tin House Galley Club for the ARC

    4. Janet on said:

      I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher Ray Morris is a tech journalist with a forgettable face, a tiresome manner, a small but dedicated group of friends, and a wife, Garthene, who is pregnant He is a man who has never been punched above the neck He has never committed adultery with his actual body He has never been caught up in a riot, nor arrested, nor tagged by the state, nor become an international hate figure [...]

    5. Danny Caine on said:

      A hilarious and cutting novel of grownups behaving badly, The Adulterants is a comedy of bad manners that brings to mind Rick Moody, Chris Bachelder, and perhaps a bit of Roddy Doyle s razor sharp dialogue A novel with a great mix of pathos and cringeworthy laughs.

    6. Chandra Graham Garcia on said:

      To read The Adulterants is to fall in love with a fool.Not Joe Dunthorne, the British author he s no fool but Ray, the book s thirty something antihero To be precise, I fell in love at the top of page five where I encountered the first of Ray s deeply focused, but not so deep observations I wondered whether the situation would get easier if Dave kept a neater moustache, but before that could happen, he would need the self respect engendered by an active love life, and before that could happen, h [...]

    7. Elizabeth M on said:

      This is an extraordinary novel.I wondered briefly whether I would truly love it given its premise about a jaded man in his 30s I was wrong to have such doubts In anyone else s hands, it might have seemed tired and well trodden terrain, but Dunthorne s prose is utterly fresh and unique His writing has a kind of perfect, concise sophistication to it every sentence earns its place and is perfectly chosen, perfectly wrought conveying so much in so little He demands a lot from the reader, never over [...]

    8. Christine Røde on said:

      I live near Lower Clapton Road, so I picked this up mostly out of deep desire to read a novel set in my own neighborhood I read it in one sitting and I enjoyed it The writing is good, the observations funny and the plot unexpected I can totally see the comparisons to Dave Eggers, especially in all the ways people hate Dave Eggers, but A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is one of my favorite books, so I guess I have a high tolerance for witty, self involved and unlikeable men I found there [...]

    9. Jessica // Starjessreads on said:

      A solid three stars Thank you to Tin House for the free book All opinions are mine A quick, easy read that sometimes felt like a dark comedy All of the characters were pretty unlikable, but I still found myself rooting for them mostly It was entertaining, but I m glad it s over It was clever, but sometimes far fetched Amusing, but ultimately depressing Confused So am I I guess you ll have to read it and decide for yourself.

    10. Startinmerc on said:

      Ripped through that, didn t I What a cracker Completely hit the spot Perfect 4.

    11. Kim on said:

      Found this hard to relate to What a mess of childish relationships for people in their mid to late 30s.I did feel a bit bad for Ray, he certainly got the short end of the stick here Not a bad read but not a good read either.My copy was provided by NetGalley but my opinion is my own.

    12. Okey on said:

      It feels weird giving this book only three stars, because in some ways I really enjoyed it Dunthorne is a very, very funny writer this book is full of laugh out loud moments, which is not something I find very often in any form of comedy, nevermind in someone so young The book is very good at making fun of all sorts of things in a way which doesn t feel arrogant or cruel, and because of this the book was really fun to read I d definitely recommend it.I suppose the reason I d only give The Adulte [...]

    13. Corinne Bennett on said:

      Amusing, candid, and kind of dark The Adulterants is a classic coming of age story, except for the fact that main character Ray is in his mid thirties If you don t mind unlikable characters or if you are drawn to books with a strong antihero, this book is for you Ray Morris is a tech journalist who lives a pretty dull life, just trying to get by He observes his friends interesting lives through a looking glass, as he fails to see his own life falling apart He is completely unmoved by the catast [...]

    14. Malcolm on said:

      Whilst easy to read and occasionally very funny the book is pretty depressing at times and I find it hard to say that I really enjoyed it Written in five parts the book takes us through a critical period in the life of the main character We see major changes in his life and those of his friends Trials and tribulations seem the order of the day with not much going right for poor Ray In fact if something can go wrong, it will.I want to say something glib such as that this is Adrian Mole for millen [...]

    15. Justin on said:

      If you are a regular reader of my blog or of my reviews, you know my love for Tin House books I tend to enjoy them because they stick with me and continue to unfold the I think about them I was excited to receive a copy of The Adulterants from them for review, but I will say it has not been my favorite.The book flows, almost dream like as Ray Morris goes from place to place throughout the book He goes from cheating on his wife, Garthene, to being part of a looting incident, and into other conve [...]

    16. Cassandra on said:

      A quick and biting read with mostly unlikeable but interesting unlikeable characters are okay if they re interesting characters The story was dark, but funny, and a good read for questionable adults who need reassurance that there are other adults out there who are bigger fuck ups than you are, and that it s okay.

    17. Mayleen on said:

      Loved it Despicable behaviour aside, the characters are so well developed i felt like I was part of their group I especially liked Ray and Dana s bantering I m glad I ignored some of the bad reviews I read it in one sitting Thank you Netgalley for the ARC.

    18. Jennifer Vining on said:

      I received this book from Tin House in return for my honest review.I don t think this book is going to be for everyone I could tell pretty quickly it was not my cup of tea It is a shorter quick read with a few humorous parts, but overall not something I would recommend.

    19. Steve Angelkov on said:

      Quite enjoyed this short story.A coming of edge look at a crop of 30 somethings, set over a couple of weeks.The protagonist Ray is the level headed fella amongst this crop, and an interesting story plays out.Some funny parts.

    20. Marie Mendelsohn on said:

      This book is really funny, and the prose is witty and well written The main character is so utterly unlikable, which can be difficult to make for an enjoyable read Still, it was very funny and a quick read.

    21. Catherine on said:

      The first book in years that I ve read in one go Interesting story, great pacing and captures modern London in a way I haven t experienced before.

    22. Danielle on said:

      Thank you to Tin House for providing me with this review copy through their Galley Club This book was weird, but I didn t hate it That is my one sentence review, but here is .This book is a strange story about Ray who makes a series of bad choices during the summer of 2011 It follows him, his wife, and their group of friends, who all haven t seemed to really grow up The story is told completely through his perspective and voice I found myself laughing at a few points and also just wondering how [...]

    23. Nancy on said:

      I won this in a giveaway.This is a quick read about a screwed up group if people.

    24. Kathleen Gray on said:

      I tried The first pages of this were interesting and a chuckle but then I put it down and when I went back to it, I just found everyone irritating I did not, contrary to the blurb, find myself rooting for Ray Ultimately, I put it down again and I DNF Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.

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