The book starts at the end with his failures and then flashes back. By midnight, he will have visited all parts of his past—from brunch with his rumpled Boston Irish parents and arguably more successful brothers, to dinner with his beautiful Swedish ex-girlfriend, to a fancy, colossal uptown bash where, by now dangerously looped, he bumps into an ex-boyfriend more confusion! His ability to crack wise and bring tears to our eyes while doing so is evident on every page. Not a love story, a break-up story. The main character is not sympathetic as much as he's a sap. On the rebound with the younger, naive Teddy, Blue again discovers the unpredictable behavior of the human heart. The pair also worked on another John Waters musical adaptation, Cry-Baby, for which they received a 2008 Tony nomination.
May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Perelman might have rendered it. It turned out to be an excellent read. While my exposure to gay fiction is limited, Getting Over Homer is quite entertaining when it deals with the protagonist's relationship with his eleven siblings, and the fall-out from their Catholic but not orthodox upbringing. Playwright and humorist O'Donnell's first novel is a wit-saturated tale of coming out, coming-of-age, come-downs and coming around about love.
Bookseller: , California, United States. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Along with Bill Irwin, he wrote Scapin, a 1997 play adapted from the original by Molière. A trooper in jeans and a pressed white shirt, he sets off for brunch with his eccentric family, an afternoon performance-art piece by a friend sporting little more than a tattooed goatee, a dinner party where he runs into an ex-girlfriend, a late-night soiree where he spars with an ex-boyfriend, and more. We know any happiness he achieves is going to be sh Fiction. These days I need a little more from a story. Getting Over Homer tells the story of Blue Monahan, a gay man and songwriter in search of love and security in a world more interested in lust and scarcity.
I would have totally accepted a happier ending. His agent said O'Donnell collapsed on Monday 6 Aug 2012 in the lobby of his Upper West Side apartment complex. Bookseller: , New York, United States New York: Knopf. I liked it a lot more when I was younger and loved wallowing in self-inflicted angst. His humorous fiction and drawings have appeared in The New Yorker and his collections, Vertigo Park and Elementary Education, are now considered classics. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in 1976, where he was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. Wodehouse flippancy, or a tale of Celtic mysticism as S.
And of course he handles that badly, making me want to shield my eyes from his messy neediness. However, the author's a great wordsmith and there are some lol chuckles to be had. Blue, our narrator, is desperate and awkward, and I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for him while he bumbles around falling in love with men who don't really want him. The pair also worked on another John Waters musical adaptation, Cry-Baby, for which they received a 2008 Tony nomination. Fine in fine dust jacket.
Part of the problem is that we never really get to see Blue happy. Working with Meehan and Leslie Dixon, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2007 film based on the Broadway musical. Mark O'Donnell, who co-wrote the books for the Broadway musicals 'Hairspray' Tony Award and Cry-Baby Tony nomination with Thomas Meehan, died in Manhattan on 6 Aug 2012, at age 58. Anyone who knows me well,knows why. He was the writer and librettist for three Hasty Pudding musicals for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals group - a theatrical student society at Harvard University. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. It is an interesting journey of a midwesterner into the fairy land known as New York.
Bookseller: , Ohio, United States New York: Knopf. We know any happiness he achieves is going to be short-lived. It also fit my situation in some ways. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. In his new novel, Getting Over Homer, O'Donnell's comic genius is at full tilt. His first, Homer, an ambitious celebrity party planner, takes him among the high rollers and Fire Island sophisticates before the pair abruptly break up.
A book that I picked at first solely because of its title. By turns zany and meditative, satirical and mellow…a gently bittersweet comedy. Bookseller: , New York, United States New York:: Alfred A. Blue, our narrator, is desperate and awkward, and I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for him while he bumbles around falling in love with men who don't really want him. Getting Over Homer is wildly funny but manages to move us as well; it is a great comic novel.
Homer is a less than credible figure of obsession, but O'Donnell captures his mercurially untrustworthy charm. I suppose he learns from his mistakes, eventually, but we don't get to see that either. But the ending is sloppy, and Blue's love affair with Homer and later Teddy seems superficial and unbelieveable. I enjoyed it a lot. The writing is great, and I really enjoyed the parts about Blue's family -- his eleven brothers and sisters, including his identical twin, Red -- but mostly this is a story about Blue being bad at reading people.
Part of the problem is that we never really get to see Blue happy. And of course he handles that badly, making me want to shield my eyes from his messy neediness. You want to slap him for his low self-esteem and self-defeatist attitudes, or at least slap the author for making him so hard to identify with - or his tormentors so obviously wrong in their doings. O'Donnell Vertigo Park saddles Blue with an identical twin who is a famous sitcom actor and with the misfortune of having written a cheesy hit ballad as a kid. Not a love story, a break-up story. The book starts at the end with his failures and then flashes back.