SUBMARINE JOE DUNTHORNE BOOK
Submarine book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingl.. . Submarine is a novel by Joe Dunthorne. First published by Hamish Hamilton in , it was He wrote most of the book while studying creative writing at the University of East Anglia, where it won the university's inaugural Curtis Brown Prize. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “[Dunthorne's] precocious talent and cheerful fondness for the teenage male are showcased in Submarine.
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Joe Dunthorne's perfectly pitched Submarine recalls JD Salinger, says Tim Adams. Carrie O'Grady is impressed by Joe Dunthorne's act of ventriloquism in his debut novel, Submarine. Joe Dunthorne's first novel showcases precocious talent and a cheerful for the teenage male are showcased in “Submarine,” his first novel.
Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. He is the author of Submarine, which has been translated into fifteen languages and made into an acclaimed film directed by Richard Ayoade, and Wild Abandon, which won the Encore Award. A collection of his poetry is published as Faber New Poets 5. He lives in London and The Adulterants is his third novel.
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Invisible Man Ralph Ellison. How Many Miles to Babylon? Jennifer Johnston. In Cold Blood Truman Capote. What a Carve Up! Jonathan Coe. Also it comes with a snazzy film review. View all 17 comments. Aug 07, Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it Shelves: This was such a strange, wonderful book.
View all 3 comments. Jan 02, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok Shelves: One of those few cases where the film is much better than the book.
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But the book? Well, I'm not much of a fan of pervy sex jokes or fart jokes, and at least the film spares viewers of those for the most part. The book had a number of lines that made absolutely no sense, trying so hard to be obscure and intelligent that it failed to get to any sort of point. It has its moments of true humor and good wri One of those few cases where the film is much better than the book. It has its moments of true humor and good writing, a few good quotes here and there, but mostly it was just overly bizarre, and not in a good way.
Me, myself and I
Things I've learned from Submarine I planned to list , but I got tired of the game rather fast: A kind of Narnia. Out in the bay, the Cork ferry may look like civilization but it probably contains at least one person vomiting. Some of these may be made up words, but I didn't care enough one way or another to check up on them. Ollie, the 15 y.
He is, of course, also self-obssessed 'Why don't we talk about me? It's a generational thing I guess, and the fact that I don't appreciate the toilet humour, the vomiting and the farts and the general ickiness of the presentation makes me an old-fart in the eyes of the younger generation.
The novel aspires to such lofty ideals. Olliver is the Swansea translation of the angsty, smart, sensitive teenager who hides his vulnerability by lashing out at the people around him. After the first couple of chapters, I was captivated by the humour and the style of presentation, but the story got old quite fast when I realized that's all there is to it - more style than substance and too much reliance on being shocking and trending 's Yuppie style.
I believe there are some serious pacing issues and the novel goes on too long, especially for those readers who become disenchanted with the first person narrator. I saw the movie before reading the book, and the same thing happened there: I loved the first half hour, and then fell asleep when it kept going nowhere in the next five hours I know the movie is shorter than that, but that's how it felt.
That's not to say other readers will not be more susceptible to the charms of Ollie and his brand of humour. I thought the girls in the book where well rendered, both the pyromaniac Jordana and the bullied Eve.
I also think some of the issues of bullying in school, communication between generations and the way parent marital troubles reflect on the sanity of the children are worthy subjects of analysis. And I believe Joe Dunthorne has it in him to be a great modern writer. Here's a last quote to illustrate both that he can write, and what the book is all about: This is theatre.
It feels like this could be some clever extra scene from the play, and in a minute there's going to be a song about how lucky we all are to be young and beautiful and live in Swansea at the end of the less awful half of an absolute bum-out of a century.
View all 5 comments. Maybe it's just me but doesn't everything get compared to The Catcher in the Rye? A modern day version, a version crossed with Godzilla, Holden Caulfield on speed, best thing since sliced Salinger?
I choose to discount these comparisons for three reasons: Joe Dunthorne's debut novel about teenage angst, alienation and rebellion in Swansea in the late 's w Maybe it's just me but doesn't everything get compared to The Catcher in the Rye? Joe Dunthorne's debut novel about teenage angst, alienation and rebellion in Swansea in the late 's was inevitably compared to said adventures of Master Caulfield and once more I find myself wondering what all the fuss is about.
There are moments of great levity interspersed with others of great gravity, both handled well considering this is a book that features a teenage boy inadvertantly trying to put his fist inside a virgin in a theatre sound booth and same boy writing awkward teenage love letters to his mother from his father in an attempt to get them to " turn the dimmer switch down " on their bedroom light.
It's quite a charming novel of coming to terms with yourself and your parents and sadly those themes and the age of the protagonist means this does limp in to the dreaded young adult category of literature. Whilst Catcher has become known as a book for teens it was intended for adults and as such deals with things beyond the school yard as it investigates it's issues of identity and alienation, Subamrine gets bogged down in the minutiae of bodily fluids, obvious attempts at making Oliver a modern day picaro but forgetting to make him sympathetic in any way at all.
At its heart this is immaturity masquerading as mature, a wolf dressed in the sheeps clothing of a large dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia set, perfectly mirroring its protagonist. I must be honest and admit that I only had an interest in reading this because of the fantastic movie adaptation. It's such a charming, funny and interesting movie and I was intrigued as to whether the novel was the source for this or the film maker Richard Ayoade. The answer was a little from column A and a lot from column B.
The adaptation made this novel better, it added a magical quality missing from OK maybe it was slightly hinted at Dunthornes prose, made the story of Oliver Tate more cohesive and most importantly adding layers of sympathy to the supporting characters in the life of this neurotic, self obsessed, teenage boy and even Oliver himself.
See the movie, for once book not essential. View 1 comment. Apr 11, Beatrice rated it really liked it. Oliver Tate is a Welsh teenager with a penchant for theatrics and complicated words.
He is our narrator. Our author, Joe Dunthorne, punctuates his book with clever turns of phrases, keeps his sentences succinct and uses natural phrases that flow together well.
His writing is fantastic. He gives Oliver such a unique voice, making this entertaining and easy to read. But there's an errant sadness that runs through this book. Oliver is coming of age and realizing that he cannot control his life--tha Oliver Tate is a Welsh teenager with a penchant for theatrics and complicated words.
Oliver is coming of age and realizing that he cannot control his life--that no one, not even his parents, can control their lives. The sadness doesn't dominate the text though. It highlights the hilarity and sometimes frivolous nature of life, especially Oliver's.
Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne: review
The following are two of my favorite quotes which are almost impossible to understand out of context--another reason to pick this book up! Book 3 in BookTubeAThon Read an author who shares the same first letter of your last name. Jun 25, Charlie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I picked this up in a bookstore because it was at a discounted price and the first few pages really caught my attention.
Oliver Tate as a smart albeit eccentric teenager struck a chord with me, and at first I felt I could relate to the character. I enjoyed the character's analytical view of the world around him and the humour that comes with it, but that's about where it ends. Oliver Tate does things which most teenagers may threaten to do after an argument, but would never dream of doing in real I picked this up in a bookstore because it was at a discounted price and the first few pages really caught my attention.
Oliver Tate does things which most teenagers may threaten to do after an argument, but would never dream of doing in real life. It's simply unrealistic. Also, despite his unique personality, he surprisingly fits in very well at school and has no problems hiding his true self in order to gain popularity, which is something that a real teenager with a similar sort of personality ie.
A lot of the language and situations presented in the book are extremely vulgar and graphic. Whilst it may be unsuitable for any younger teenagers, I doubt that the book would appeal to adults either due to the protagonist being a year-old boy at odds with his parents. I had hoped that a character with Oliver's personality would not also be subject to stereotypical teenage, loutish behaviours.
I really began to lose faith in him, especially about half way through the book where Oliver does something which would be seen as criminal and foolish under any circumstances. The plot is pretty non-existent, dependant only on Oliver's increasingly idiotic behaviours to push it forwards.
Expect a typical story written from a rebellious teenager's eyes, full of issues faced by teenagers and their friends and family. Overall, it is an easy read with some humour, but not much else. Aug 22, Hossain rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In most cases books usually outshines their movie counterparts. At least, it seems to me. I thought I would never watch a movie that is arguably better than its source material. I have to say for this cases movie was better.
And obviously the soundtrack by Alex Turner was superb.
So first the complaints— 1. The In most cases books usually outshines their movie counterparts. The relation between the plot and title remains vague to me. This is a coming of age tale, right? He remains same from beginning to end. And now the praises— 1. I like the black humour of the book. I have a soft spot for funny hilarious books or movies.
He is just too good student for me.
This and future reviews will be my attempt to practice my English. There is some mention of Bangladesh and foods of Bangladesh.
Nov 18, Kaguya rated it did not like it Shelves: Cuando he terminado de leer Submarine mi primer pensamiento ha sido: La lectura de este libro ha sido en varios momentos divertida, ya que los pensamientos del protagonista en algunas situaciones son bastantes particulares, pese a ello lo veo como un libro carente de emociones. No he conectado con este libro, me he decepcionado con Cuando he terminado de leer Submarine mi primer pensamiento ha sido: Submarino es una de esas novelas que contienen todos los ingredientes para salir bien parada de una cita conmigo: Hay algo en el Submarino de Dunthorne que no me termina de convencer.
I read this in a matter of days, closed up in my stink hole sink hole of a room, coughing violently and slathering vaseline on my peeling lips.
It comes at no surprise that this book reminded me of first love ended and turned into old love, parents, and dead dogs. This book is also a movie.
I saw the movie roughly a year ago and received the book as a gift soon after that. I've been listening to the movie soundtrack ever since. It is one of the few constants in my life.
Who am I kidding? Most I read this in a matter of days, closed up in my stink hole sink hole of a room, coughing violently and slathering vaseline on my peeling lips. Most things in my life are constant. I avoided reading the book. I used a trivial pursuit card as a book mark. I just looked up book mark to check if it is one or two words. It is one. I am glad that I read this book a year later because I think that it means something different to me now than it would have then. I will not read this over to check the grammar.
Happy Valentine's Day. Jun 02, Allison rated it liked it.
#GWN Revisited: Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
In the film, he is much more sympathetic though not relatable to me and I do think the right scenes were left out of the film version. The style was hilarious and I'm pleased at how very Welsh it all seemed. By that I mean I really got a sense of Oliver's place in his world and the place where he lives. I recommend you see the film. Read this too if you want to compare but this may be one of the rare instances when I prefer the film to the book.
Did I really just admit that? View 2 comments. Quite frankly this was amazing. Sep 23, Ciara rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Noah Taylor Lloyd Tate Paddy Considine Graham Purvis Craig Roberts Oliver Tate Yasmin Paige Jordana Bevan. View all 4 comments. I wanted to like this, but I really couldn't get into it that well. It felt like the story wasn't really progressing that much and sometimes I would actually forget what I was even reading, because it all seemed so random and messy.
Didn't live up to my expectations! No fue hasta recibir una entusiasta acogida que decide convertirla en novela, trabajando en ello durante un curso de Escritura Creativa.
Es entusiasta, actual, divertida, tristealegre. El libro empieza bien. Lo que le lleva a agudas conclusiones acerca de la paternidad, el matrimonio, la infidelidad y el futuro, dejando, en el fondo, un sabor amargo tras una divertida primera lectura. El problema viene cuando las situaciones motor, aquellas en las que el libro se sostiene, se resuelven y el ritmo empieza a decaer.
Respecto al autor, esta primera novela, a pesar de sus errores es suficientemente buena e interesante como para seguirle la pista a futuro.
I was enjoying this, but then it went downhill quickly; I have quite a few issues with this one. The characters were really inconsistent and unlikable; one chapter they were acting and talking a certain way, and the next they felt like a different person. I just couldn't like them. There 2. There was also this shy fat girl called Zoe who was bullied in one school, so moved school, lost allllll the weight and suddenly grew huge boobs, and then she became this desirable more popular girl who leads boys on; yeah, not really happy about that, apparently the only way to be confident is to be skinny.
There was a really descriptive scene of a dying dog that was completely unnecessary, it didn't have to happen. This started out as a light, enjoyable enough story with decent writing but now it's just a mess of annoying characters and ridiculous scenes.
Not the worst book ever, but certainly not great. My experience of this book was too personal to write a review, but I loved it. I was bored out of my mind by this book.I choose to discount these comparisons for three reasons: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Her saliva tasted like coins. Respecto al autor, esta primera novela, a pesar de sus errores es suficientemente buena e interesante como para seguirle la pista a futuro. First edition cover.
I guess it's a keen observation on how a teenage boy's mind works; but either I'm too tired of boys' coming-of-age stories, or this particular boy was just not that interesting and mildly disturbing, too.
I barked like a seal a few times, so yes, again… very much so. Did I enjoy this book? Oliver is coming of age and realizing that he cannot control his life--tha Oliver Tate is a Welsh teenager with a penchant for theatrics and complicated words. Scott Fitzgerald.
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