Art in America

  • by Ron McLarty
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Author of the acclaimed novel The Memory of Running, Ron McLarty is an American original whose infectious prose will swiftly ensnare any reader. Art in America tells the story of unknown writer Steven Kearney, an aging man whose lifelong commitment to his art finally brings him to homelessness in NYC. Then miraculously he receives an invitation to become playwright in residence of a troubled Rocky Mountain town.

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Another great tale from Ron McLarty

Mr. McLarty is a master of characterization. His quirky, endearing characters come to life for me - I can both see and hear them as I read his words. He is also a truly gifted narrator. So I end up with the novel in two forms - printed and audible- first reading, then listening. The best of both worlds.
The book jacket has a review likening this novel to A Confederacy of Dunces and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. ACoD is one of my all-time favorite books, but there is no likeness between the two protagonists, other than large heads and weight. What the two novels do have in common is well-drawn characters, with many eccentricities. The allusion to OFOtCN befuddles me. There is no Nurse Ratched, no oppression, no cohersion. The only commonality I found between the three novels, is that they are very good reads.
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Only if you REALLY enjoy profanity

McLarty is a gifted narrator, and I enjoyed his earlier book, The Memory of Running; however I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes of Art In America. The author's use of the f-word is so overbearing and gratuitous that I felt assaulted. Maybe the story shapes up, but the shabby, repetitious writing made me lose interest. My advice: don't bother unless you REALLY like hearing the f-word a LOT. It's a shame, because McLarty is a good enough writer that he doesn't have to resort to this tactic.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books