Pull Yourself Together

Pull Yourself Together Charlie Kolostrum carefully crafts his image sometimes draping a black cloak over his shoulders and donning a black hat though he knows smoking a pipe would be overdoing it When friends drop by he m

  • Title: Pull Yourself Together
  • Author: Thomas Glavinic John Brownjohn Todd Haberkorn
  • ISBN: 9781491538272
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Charlie Kolostrum carefully crafts his image, sometimes draping a black cloak over his shoulders and donning a black hat though he knows smoking a pipe would be overdoing it When friends drop by, he makes sure to leave a few books by Nietzsche on the table though he prefers self help manuals The jobless, self described wimp lives off the kindness and financial contCharlie Kolostrum carefully crafts his image, sometimes draping a black cloak over his shoulders and donning a black hat though he knows smoking a pipe would be overdoing it When friends drop by, he makes sure to leave a few books by Nietzsche on the table though he prefers self help manuals The jobless, self described wimp lives off the kindness and financial contributions of his family and mainly compiles lists of rules to live by, daydreams about rock stardom, and schemes to bed any number of women though he s unable to emotionally connect with anyone A classic underachiever, Charlie stumbles through life until the day he gets his big chance to change everything.This satire from one of Austria s most celebrated contemporary novelists shows that slacking can sometimes get you places.

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    1. Thomas Glavinic John Brownjohn Todd Haberkorn

      The former writer of advertising copy and taxi driver emerged with his 1998 debut novel Carl Haffner s Love of the Draw The novel describes the life of chess master Carl Schlechter The book received several awards and has been translated into other languages, but did not make it onto the bestseller lists The novel has autobiographical aspects Thomas Glavinic played his first chess game at the age of five and in 1987 he achieved second place in the Austrian chess rankings for his age group.The novel Herr Susi Mr Susi followed in 2000 Written in hard prose, it is a statement against the football business, and received mainly negative reviews from the critics In 2001, the criminal novel Der Kameram rder The Camera Murderer awarded the Friedrich Glauser Prize at the Criminale was published and was enthusiastically celebrated by the feuilletons due to its criticism of the media In 2004, Glavinic succeeded in convincing both critics no 1 on the ORF critics best list and readers no 1 on the Austrian bestseller list with his satiric development novel Wie man leben soll How to Live , written from the perspective of the indefinite one In August 2006, the novel Die Arbeit der Nacht The Work of the Night was released and scored no 1 on the critic s list again in the same month His novel, Das bin doch ich That s Me , appeared in summer of 2007 and was nominated for the German Book Prize It made it onto the short list, a selection of six of the twenty authors originally chosen.Thomas Glavinic is married and lives with his wife and son in Vienna.

    590 thoughts on “Pull Yourself Together”

    1. This was a really fun book. I suppose I liked it because it focuses on a fat, lazy dork and I'm a fat, lazy dork so it was almost my life story. The obvious comparison is "A Confederacy of Dunces" but Charlie is a bit more motivated; he manages to hold down a job as a cabby for at least a decade. He has better luck with the ladies too. It's funny to read his asides that are gives as "Notes to Self" which tend to be full of dry wit. I was a little disappointed to the almost surreal turn at the en [...]



    2. Erstmal zu meiner Ausgabe - das ist so ein Softcover, also ein Hybrid zwischen Hardcover und Taschenbuch. Das Format passt zwar im Regal nicht zu meinen anderen Glavinic-Büchern, weil es etwas größer ist, aber ich stehe total darauf, wie sich dieses biegbare Softcover anfühlt.Zum Buch selbst: Charlie Kolostrum erzählt die gesamte Geschichte in der "man"-Form. Ein "Ich" kommt allerhöchstens mal in einer direkten Rede vor. Das alleine macht das Buch schon zu etwas Besonderem und hat auch den [...]


    3. NOTE TO SELF: You finally found that book you were looking for, the one that matches your movie tastes. Not even kidding when I say this will more than likely be my favorite book of the year for the above mentioned reason. I keep asking people who I know read a lot if they know of books / authors in the style of movies like Wes Anderson movies, I Heart Huckabees, etc. (basically in a generic sense your run of the mill "Indie" flawed character driven kind of stories). The answer I always get is t [...]


    4. Nicht langweilig geschrieben, aber es bietet für mich keinen Mehrwert. Die Message des Buches ist schlicht, dass man im Leben einfach so vor sich hinplätschern soll. Man wird schon irgendwann einen goldenen Bierdeckel finden. Das ist keine Ironie, das ist der Aufruf zur totalen Gleichgültigkeit!! So kommt man nicht auf dem Mond. Wenn man ein Hirn hat, dann sollte man es auch benutzen.


    5. This book pretty much takes you inside lead character Charlie's head, as he meanders through his life as an overweight, newly-bespectacled, music-humming Austrian student-cum-taxi-driver, who is 87% wimp.The humour is here. Charlie reminded me of Adrian Mole in parts with some of his wry observations about life as he muses about things. However Charlie's thoughts are more adult as he spends a lot of his time fantasising about the (normally unattainable) women around him (you can see him on the c [...]


    6. This story chronicles the life of a young man's stumbles through high school and into adulthood. It is told in a second person voice that quickly became irritating to me. Although there are humorous moments, I did not feel much of anything for any of the characters - especially not much for the lead. The book had a steady rhythmic pace that marched along and, after awhile, dominated the experience of reading so much that I caught myself not really reading but instead feeling its rhythmic beat. T [...]


    7. If a young and impressionable mind reads to much home-cooked self-help and personality analysing books, you get a "hero" like this one who just sits there, because he read that he has to be a sitter, lets his life happen and does, in quintessence, nothing. Except thinking about the next girlfriend and letting himself drag through life. Here and there he commits a murder by accident and whines about beeing fat and ugly.Why the need to write a book about the boring? I've got no clue, but here it i [...]


    8. aus meiner sicht verdientermaßen ein 5-sterne-buchman muss einmal zusammenbringen, dass man ein ganzes buch in der "man"-form schreibt und das noch dazu zum brüllen komischaußerdem glaube ich, dass die geschichte des orientierungslosen karl durchaus viel wahrheitsgehalt hat, auch die darstellung der verwandtschaft und die erwartungshaltungen sind aus dem leben gegriffen


    9. Stilistisch sehr interessantes Buch mit einer eigentlich deprimierenden Geschichte. Man könnte aus Versehen meinen, der Protagonist entwickelt sich nicht weiter, aber das stimmt nicht. Er entwickelt sich trotz seiner Beharrlichkeit, weil sich die Welt um ihn herum ändert.


    10. Ein schreckliches Buch, dass ich keinem empfehle. Fade und passiv geschrieben, die Personen sind nicht entwickelt und alles läuft in Stereotypen. Schrecklich!


    11. This book was a lot of blabber about nothing but still entertaining at times. Maybe it lost something in translation. I'm tempted to go 2 stars.




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