Termite Parade

Termite Parade A wry and unnerving story of bad love gone rotten Mohr has a generous understanding of his characters whom he describes with an intelligence and sensitivity that pulls you in This is no small achieve

  • Title: Termite Parade
  • Author: Joshua Mohr
  • ISBN: 9780982015162
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • A wry and unnerving story of bad love gone rotten Mohr has a generous understanding of his characters, whom he describes with an intelligence and sensitivity that pulls you in This is no small achievement The New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice Similar to Dostoyevsky s Crime and Punishment the most crucial action serves as a portal to and wellspring for A wry and unnerving story of bad love gone rotten Mohr has a generous understanding of his characters, whom he describes with an intelligence and sensitivity that pulls you in This is no small achievement The New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice Similar to Dostoyevsky s Crime and Punishment the most crucial action serves as a portal to and wellspring for the various psychologies of its characters But Mohr s storytelling is so absorbing that Termite Parade does not read like an analytical rumination if he is examining the very nature of these characters under a microscope, he at least lets the specimens speak for themselves San Francisco Chronicle Termite Parade is a sucker punch to literary complacency, without a hint of authorial self absorption Mohr is a post millennial Bukowski with a dash of Hubert Selby, Jr thrown in for good measure, and with only two published novels under his belt, he is rapidly becoming one of my favorite American novelists Powell s Review A DayTermite Parade is the follow up to Joshua Mohr s San Francisco Chronicle bestselling first novel and one of O, The Oprah Magazine s 10 Terrific Reads of 2009 Some Things That Meant the World to Me.Termite Parade tells the story of Mired, the self described bastard daughter of a menage a trois between Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sylvia Plath, and Eeyore Mired catalogs her museum of emotional failures, the latest entry to which is her boyfriend Derek, an auto mechanic whose body may or may not be infested with termites , who loses his cool carrying her up the stairs to their apartment.As Derek s termites wreak havoc on his nervous system, Mired pieces together the puzzle, each character revealing aspects of their savage natures, culminating in a climax of pure animal chaos.
    Termite Parade by Joshua Mohr Termite Parade is a great example of Three characters share the narration, linked to each other and the central event and also sharing a kind of self destructive poetic view of themselves that plays itself out Termite Parade Mohr, Joshua Books Termite Parade is a sucker punch to literary complacency, without a hint of authorial self absorption Mohr is a post millennial Bukowski with a dash of Hubert Selby, Jr thrown in for good measure, and Termite Parade by Joshua Mohr, Paperback Barnes Noble Jul , Termite Parade is a sucker punch to literary complacency, without a hint of authorial self absorption Mohr is a post millennial Bukowski with a dash of Hubert Selby, Jr thrown in for good TERMITE PARADE Rain Taxi The first of Termite Parade s three rotating narrators, Mired likens herself in the novel s first line to the bastard child of Dostyevsky, Sylvia Plath, and Eeyore, which perfectly maps the ley lines of the Termite Parade Walmart Walmart Termite Parade is the story of Mired who claims Sylvia Plath, Dostoesvsky and Eeyore as her true ancestors and Derek, whose relationship is spiralling rapidly downward as their dysfunctions get the Termite Parade by Joshua Mohr Two Dollar Radio Termite Parade is a treat, an unlikely redemption story with a distinctly San Francisco flavor San Francisco Magazine A fresh take on the Bukowskian milieu of dirtbags, drunks, and drifters. Fiction review Termite Parade, Joshua Mohr SFGate Jul , Termite Parade, San Francisco writer Joshua Mohr s follow up to last year s best selling debut, Some Things That Meant the World to Me, is an entertaining romp through the minds of three Termite Parade Two Dollar Radio Headquarters Termite Parade is a treat, an unlikely redemption story with a distinctly San Francisco flavor San Francisco Magazine A fresh take on the Bukowskian milieu of dirtbags, drunks, and drifters Mohr s

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    1. Wow Fast paced at break neck speeds, Termite Parade starts with a visit to a dentist office and not a routine check up, it s unplanned , a visit to fix a mouth full broken teeth Like he did with his first novel SomeThings That Meant the World To Me , Joshua Mohr instantly drags the reader inward to a moving, at times disgusting, dark and funny novel This time around the novel is told through three different perpestives of a relationship that s all sorts of messed up Very few novels I have read a [...]

    2. Having won this on , I couldn t wait to read it I loved Some Things That Meant the World To Me and knew his next novel would capture my emotions.I had just had a serious infection in my cheek and had a tooth pulled, so reading Mired s dental accident really made me hurt.The piss scene in the novel made me cringe, because it happens to be the most foul smell in the world to me How many books can make me feel things physically Not many but Joshua Mohr s writing certainly has that gift The ridiculo [...]

    3. Joshua Mohr hooks you with an inflammatory situation and then does something necessary and remarkable he refuses to back away from the consequences Three characters share the narration, linked to each other and the central event and also sharing a kind of self destructive poetic view of themselves that plays itself out over the course of a few days time I was up until 3 am finishing it just couldn t flinch from the masterfully suspenseful ending Termite Parade is a great example of putting the l [...]

    4. Review copy from publisherDo not let the book cover of Termite Parade turn you off Seriously.If you are like me, and hate anything that creeps and crawls, this book cover will make your stomach turn You will take one look at that wide open mouth with termites climbing out of it, and want to gag Your hands might shake, and your knees might get weak, and your upper lip and forehead might bead with sweat, but do yourself a favor and GET OVER IT.Grab a copy of this book.Here s why Have you ever been [...]

    5. Joshua Mohr is a talented writer the prose in this novel is effortless and engaging Termite Parade is the story of Mired who claims Sylvia Plath, Dostoesvsky and Eeyore as her true ancestors and Derek, whose relationship is spiralling rapidly downward as their dysfunctions get the better of them Adding to the complications is Derek s twin brother, Frank, a video editor and would be auteur who is determined to realize his Animal Unveiled documentary concept at all costs The book works well as a b [...]

    6. This fast read begins like all of my favorite things do alcohol poisoning The bender continues using frozen peas as ice cubes as the monster twin pours another whiskey and peas It s a terrible familiar You d think the sickness would end with the pea thing You d think the author would have the decency to march out a character with some redeeming qualities you d like to attach some affection to Perhaps a character who doesn t say awful jealous things at her boyfriend s party and cause a scene But [...]

    7. TERMITE PARADE, by Joshua Mohr, is about people s dreams, hopes, personal history, and mistakes It s about how your thoughts can eat away at your soul like termites eating wood Mohr is a fairly recent addition to the published scene but his books are among the best out there.Derek and Mired, living together in San Francisco, have a very flawed relationship They re untruthful, violent, suspicious, and distrusting with each other After Derek drops a drunk Mired down the stairs of their building, l [...]

    8. Mohr sets the action in all his novels within a few blocks of my home we re neighbors , which I appreciate since it makes me feel better about how little I travel.

    9. I read a short story by Joshua Mohr, Phil , on CNET, and absolutely loved it I was hoping I would enjoy this book as much, but it just didn t do it for me at all Didn t like any of the characters, and didn t find the plot too interesting sort of just a relationship drama Down the road I d still be open to trying another book by him, as I do love his style of writing generally, but this wasn t the one for me.

    10. Interesting character study about a life worn woman, her blight in shining armor boyfriend, and his twin brother Derek and Frank take turns playing the good twin and evil twin while Mired tries to figure out if her life is as shattered as herah, no spoilers.

    11. There is this pit that so many writers fall into when they have a character in crisis They send the muddy brained protagonist on a road trip In the case of Joshua Mohr s novel Termite Parade, Derek points his truck toward Reno He s on the run from one of those epic social shames of a night out with his hot tempered girlfriend Mired The night started with a Bon Voyage party for one of Derek s lady friends, during which Mired marinates in booze and makes all sorts of embarrassingly loud insinuatio [...]

    12. Before writing this I thought I d take a look at what I had to say five years ago about Mohr s first novel, Some Things that Meant the World to Me Turns out I read it during one of my periods of single sentence reviews, and I wrote only, I am glad everything turned out relatively well I could say the same thing about Termite Parade, because things turning out relatively well is one of the attractions of the novel, but I ll go a bit further.Within the first few pages I was ready to call it quits [...]

    13. When I read the review of this book, in PW or NY Times, I thought it was going to be a really good, bleak story about horrible characters with horrible lives that I couldn t relate to at all Instead it was a really good, bleak story whose characters, while not really similar to me or my life, somehow hit uncomfortably close to home Usually books written in multiple viewpoints are a bit hard for me because I invariably gravitate to one of the tellers and feel wrenched away from that narrative whe [...]

    14. I won this book on As you can see I only gave this book two stars,but I think it probably deserves It wasn t a bad book at all,but the characters were so flawed and made so many mistakes I had no empathy for any of them,which I know wasn t the point,but still They were all responsible,no matter their reasons, for the predicaments they found themselves in But while I didn t feel sorry for any of the characters least of all Frank ,I still wanted good things for them,well,if something bad had happ [...]

    15. This is an incredibly effective read, especially when you consider how fast paced it is By effective I mean, I feel pretty icky about the whole thing Termite Parade is about Derek and Mired, a superbly dysfunctional, alcoholic couple who gets into a fight at a party On the drive home Mired half passes out and flings accusations at her boyfriend who later intentionally drops her down a flight of stairs And then guilt, remorse, selfishness, and a whole slew of deranged feelings sets in and therein [...]

    16. Well I really liked Some Things that Meant the World to Me, and this one sounds like a terrif follow up.From the Powells reviewWhat comes across most clearly in Termite Parade is the authenticity of the characters struggles a desire to be good that conflicts with an impulse to be cruel wanting to be loved, but not at the expense of being taken for granted Yes, the characters are all ridiculously self centered, but they are also self aware They are conscious of the fallout their behavior creates [...]

    17. SNAPPY This whole book is fully of snappy dialogue, one liners, situations, the cover art for chrissakes ideas all snap, crackle and pop The story centers around Mired pronounced like the verb and her boyfriend Derek with a twin Frank When Mired catalogs her museum of emotional failures it s not only relatable but laugh out loud funny When shit happens to them, the main story so to speak, you know it s weird and interesting but not so weird that I couldn t picture it happening The book is mainly [...]

    18. So I have this thing about teeth Damaged teeth really freak me out cracked teeth, broken teeth, the curb stomping scene in American History X, the phrase shards of tooth These are not things I prefer to see or read about I finished this book despite the fact that about 95% of it involves, in some way, massive tooth trauma That s really what stuck with me from this book Descriptions of what someone s mouth looks and feels like after falling down a flight of stairs and landing on your face.

    19. I read Some Things That Meant The World To Me by this author a few months ago and loved it I didn t like this book as well, I found several elements of the story to be distracting and the alternating points of view of the characters a little confusing at times By the end of the book, I thought it had been a pretty satisfying read, I would rate it as good , but not nearly as compelling as the book previously mentioned.

    20. I liked this book a lot, especially the character of Mired, but really everyone seemed completely plausible It says a lot about the power of redemption, who s worth saving, and what s worth changing I ve checked out several other books by the same indie publisher Two Dollar Radio , so we ll see how that goes.

    21. A story of three morally compromised people compromised by irresponsibility, by self deception, by lies they tell others Of course, a time comes when the debts are called in The question is whether persons so mired in their own stew can skim off the crud and get to the meat of their better selves.

    22. Realistically, I should give this 5 stars, because.5 rounds up, not down, and this one is a solid 4.5 But I can t quite get myself to give this a 5, because I can think of tons of people I wouldn t recommend this book to Still, I love it If I could only list one reason, I d say, because Mohr conveys how life is painful yet funny, futile yet satisfying, and other strange combinations.

    23. I really, really liked this book Mohr is a wonderful writer who explores the dark side of human nature through optimism and hope His prose and characters are sad and pitiful and so very human Maybe that is what is so scary or maybe that is what is so beautiful.

    24. I somehow picked an at least melancholy, if not flat out painful crop of books on my last library visit.Termite Parade fits in just fine.The second Mohr book I ve read and enjoyed even while wincing in the last year.

    25. Another great novel from Mohr Again his focus is on hurt, broken characters He brings them to life well, and their interactions feel true Sometimes funny, often sad, and usually insightful into its characters and their lives, Termite Parade is excellent Mohr continues to be a writer to watch.

    26. A refreshing new voice in novels It s strange to finish a book with thoroughly reviling characters that you enjoyed reading Mohr has a decidedly black sense of humor and the acknowledgement pages offer up a little chuckle Will definitely pick up Some Things that Meant the World to Me.

    27. So good I picked it up randomly at the library it was closing in 5 minutes and I wanted another book and I m so pleased The characters were so RAW and full bodied and it was such an interesting story The only thing I didn t like about it was the ending.

    28. This was another book club read, and our joint review is posted here Book Notes Termite Parade

    29. Keith Loves Loves Loves this author Kinda dark

    30. I didn t think the termite theme was fully cooked in this novel, although I did think it was interesting to investigate blame guilt types of feelings in different ways.

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