Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles #2020

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles By Ron Currie Jr. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles In this tour de force of imagination Ron Currie asks why literal veracity means to us than deeper truths creating yet again a genre bending novel that will at once dazzle move and provoke The prot
  • Title: Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles
  • Author: Ron Currie Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780670025343
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles By Ron Currie Jr. In this tour de force of imagination, Ron Currie asks why literal veracity means to us than deeper truths, creating yet again a genre bending novel that will at once dazzle, move, and provoke The protagonist of Ron Currie, Jr s new novel has a problem or rather, several of them He s a writer whose latest book was destroyed in a fire He s mourning the death of hisIn this tour de force of imagination, Ron Currie asks why literal veracity means to us than deeper truths, creating yet again a genre bending novel that will at once dazzle, move, and provoke The protagonist of Ron Currie, Jr s new novel has a problem or rather, several of them He s a writer whose latest book was destroyed in a fire He s mourning the death of his father, and has been in love with the same woman since grade school, a woman whose beauty and allure is matched only by her talent for eluding him Worst of all, he s not even his own man, but rather an amalgam of fact and fiction from Ron Currie s own life When Currie the character exiles himself to a small Caribbean island to write a new book about the woman he loves, he eventually decides to fake his death, which turns out to be the best career move he s ever made But fame and fortune come with a price, and Currie learns that in a time of twenty four hour news cycles, reality TV, and celebrity Twitter feeds, the one thing the world will not forgive is having been told a deeply satisfying lie What kind of distinction could, or should, be drawn between Currie the author and Currie the character Or between the book you hold in your hands and the novel embedded in it Whatever the answers, Currie, an inventive writer always eager to test the boundaries of storytelling in provocative ways, has essential things to impart along the way about heartbreak, reality, grief, deceit, human frailty, and blinding love.
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    1. Ron Currie Jr.

      Ron Currie, Jr was born and raised in Waterville, Maine, where he still lives His first book, God is Dead, won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library and the Addison M Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters His debut novel, Everything Matters , will be translated into a dozen languages, and is a July Indie Next Pick and Best of June 2009 selection.His short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sun, Ninth Letter, Swink, The Southeast Review, Glimmer Train, Willow Springs, The Cincinnati Review, Harpur Palate, and New Sudden Fiction W.W Norton, 2007.

    405 thoughts on “Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles”

    1. if you like your love stories unconventional and ultimately sad ach, don t wave that spoiler finger at me that is a page 19 spoiler , then this is probably a good match for you it is about the frailty of human romantic love, the power of the written word, the difficulties that truth faces in our works of fiction, how to leave someone for their own good, what the living have to witness in the slow death of another, and the possibilities of the singularity.i know, right this is my first ron currie [...]


    2. I did not read any of Currie s earlier works, so I did not know until now that his previous novels were so well received But I could tell upon beginning this book that this was someone who bumped up hard against sudden celebrity those moments when everyone seems to think they know you intimately Not so fast, Currie seems to say The book tells of a character named Ron Currie who is perpetually in recovery over the love of a woman, Emma, who returns his love but marries another The book s narrator [...]


    3. Emma tried to run away This song keeps running through my head when I think of this book Or the first part of it anyway Another theory I find appealing is that the Singularity could and likely will render the body, and therefore sex, and therefore by extension romantic love, as obsolete as a Walkman personal stereo For various reasons this novel was difficult for me to read The novel itself isn t written in a difficult manner, I just had a hard time getting through some of the sections Sometimes [...]


    4. I liked this book I liked it, a lot But I am not sure that I can explain why, or maybe, I m not willing to explain At least not about how it resonated with me, or how I related to it Maybe I m a coward, but so be it Moving right alongI ve been a fan of Currie s since I stumbled across his first book of stories God Is Dead and his great novel Everything Matters so it was only natural that I pick up his third book right away The first thing you ll notice about this book is how the text is laid out [...]


    5. I ll never get postmodern fiction, ever I like my novels nicely organized, with neat transitions It s weird I enjoy chaos in the form of stream of consciousness, but I don t enjoy postmodern That was one of the main reasons for my intense dislike of this book It speaks of my tastes, rather than of the novel, but as aptly put by the author protagonist, we are perception machines But, that s not my only reason for loathing this thing The plot which finds, at the beginning, the protagonist, also R [...]


    6. themaineedge buzz meta Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is a whirlwind of imagination and insight It s the sort of novel that not only openly challenges the reader, but does so with grace and gusto What Currie has created is a fictional memoir a sort of unauthorized autobiography that blurs the line between life and literature Could it be that the book being written in the book is actually the book that we are now reading That it s even a question speaks volumes about Currie s creativity and craft [...]


    7. In one of my favorite movies, It s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey attempts suicide on a Christmas Eve when all seems hopeless He jumps off a bridge into a near freezing river, only to be saved by an angel After the angel shows George how his life mattered to those around him by showing what would have happened to them had he never lived , George is resurrected into his old life with all of its messiness and heartache only to realize that no matter what, his life is filled with wonder Not so muc [...]


    8. Goddammit Currie You ve done it again I was supposed to get shit done tonight Not read a couple hundred page book in one siting on an office chair, a subway, and a recliner Now I have to contend with having this book in my head Well done.


    9. Well I read on a friends page that this was a sad love story, and being one of those kinda emotional self cutters, I stuck it on my to read list, as well as my ASAP Shelf I ordered it on and discovered, to my dismay, that it had not been released yet and I would have to wait a month for it Damn it Finally I got it, aaaand read thru it in about a day The format was unique the pages were separated like thoughts It didn t read straight thru like a normal novel, but rather after every thought, the [...]


    10. I never know quite how to respond to uber postmodern novels, with the blurred lines between author and character, the unreliability of the narrators embroiled in identity crises Despite the fact that I ve taken lit theory classes, I never know quite how to describe the stories and structures and whatnot in everyday terms Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is an existential crisis and a troublesome love story wrapped together with musings on truth and Singularity the concept of machines developing co [...]


    11. Wow Talk about breaking the mold This is the most unconventional book I ve ever read There are no chapters, no quotations , and some pages only have one paragraph or one sentence However, I ended up liking it in spite of all the weirdness The writer is very passionate and even though it was told in an odd storytelling kind of way, it was grabbing.The character Ron reminded me of Ernest Hemingway Ron is a writer, a drunk, and bitter about love The story jumps around a lot but the one invariable i [...]


    12. Well, I didn t expect to love this book When I started reading it, I was expecting something else I liked Currie s thoughts on live, love, loss, Singularity but I was still expecting something else I didn t know what And then, I got to the end of the book And hell, I realized that Currie got to me That all the things he had said had changed me And I wasn t sad for how how the book ended Because the book maybe had ended, like Currie says, but life doesn t end Life doesn t end, it s just starts a [...]


    13. This book was terrible After 10 pages I thought it might be okay 50 pages into it I decided the main character was a jerk alcoholic and his girlfriend was selfish and didn t really love him It was so dark I skimmed the rest of the book Why I m not sure I feel like I need to apologize to myself for staying up until midnight reading this garbage The chapter on computers taking over the world were skimmed over quickly The chapters about his father dying were sad and the chapter about him, his girlf [...]


    14. t s important that you understand, from the very outset, here, that everything I m about to tell you is capital T True Or at least that I will not deliberately engage in any lies, of either substance or omission, in talking with you here today.The truth is that just like Huck Finn, who also mostly tries to tell the capital T Truth, Ron Currie the character, that is, not the author is on a journey Yes, we re all on a journey, but Ron is on a journey unlike the philosophical or figurative one most [...]


    15. I really didn t care for this book I just did not get it I also found it kind of sexist and not in a way that served the plot in any meaningful way So many sections just made no sense There s ambition here but the overall project isn t realized It s like, there s this big statement trying to be made.The writing is fine There are even some really nice moments but man, I do not understand.


    16. A long time ago, I wrote a detailed review on this book for a site that doesn t seem to exist any So I m reposting here One of the hardest things to do these days is to convince people that what they re seeing and consuming is actually a real and true thing Plastic surgery, photoshop, autotune, genetically modified foods, easy access to video editing software, and news organizations that don t even pretend to report the facts any have all fostered a culture in which authenticity is a prized comm [...]


    17. It is beginning to look like Ron Currie Jr may never exhaust his two favorite topics the death of his father, and his undying love for his childhood sweetheart Because Flimsy Little Miracles begins by semi fictionally referencing the author s previous book, I read Everything Matters first Though the two books are very different Everything Matters is quasi science fiction, and FLPM is quasi memoir both books centre around these two obsessions, sometimes to the point of redundancy.If you like book [...]


    18. This might be called a quasi memoir Yes, Ron Currie, Jr is the name of the protagonist Yes, Ron Currie, Jr s father died Yes, Ron Currie, Jr believes, to a degree, in the singularity All this I know from a book reading where he told us But, as Ron Currie, Jr explained in an interview available at gothamist 2013 02 12 ron_c, at the end of the day, according to most people s standards it is a novel, it s definitely not a memoir While the main story line is about Ron and his love of Emma, there are [...]


    19. What a strange, oddball, hard to define, yet lovely little book I was a tad concerned about where it was going when I started a writer writing about a writer himself no less , the unconventional structure despite the fact that I m a huge Currie fan I fell hard for Everything Matters In a lot of other writer s hands, this would be a meandering disaster of random thoughts, but in Currie s it s something else What I m not exactly sure, but it sure as hell is interesting.Currie the character is a wr [...]


    20. This book succeeds for its unapologetic honesty and its refusal to conform to narrative standards Ron recalls the events of his life not in a linear plot, but in short bursts, from his father s death, to his relationship with Emma, his brawling and boozing, his fake suicide, his exile, and his return And the Singularity Ron is particularly fixated on this topic The book as a whole is excellent, self deprecating, masochistic, funny, and raw I adored the manner in which Ron chose to tell this stor [...]


    21. A father s messy death, the Singularity, a perfect, violent love, and capital T Truth Why is it that a book that makes me think so hard and feel so much is impossible to describe Ron Currie manages to accomplish things on the page gymnastic feats of logic, associative speculation, alienation, abject confession, contrition, enduring love, aching loss that I can only manage in my mind and sometimes not even there The best thing about Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is that the author takes you alon [...]


    22. This was one of those random, unexpected, brilliant reads I just love For instance, the format the pages separated like thoughts, the whole story like a flowing stream of consciousness He writes this account as he is self exiled to an island, where he is either in touch with his feelings, grieving the death of his father, his reoccurring loss of the woman he loves, or obliterates them with drink and the escaping life in general, after the novel he had been writing was lost in a fire Instead of t [...]


    23. Here is a post modern novel after my own heart.Though this is not a memoir but rather a work of fiction it doesn t mean that the feelings and thoughts are not real at was one of the things Currie explicitly points out to readers and one of the reasons I loved the novel.just because something isn t the truth doesn t mean it isn t real.This novel is begging to be deconstructed and analyzed It s hard for me to describe in normal terms how rich this novel is and why just simply is.See my full review [...]


    24. Ron Currie s strong and distinctive voice, along with his customary elegant storytelling, carry his protagonist also named Ron Currie through a landscape of loss and longing I m always an easy mark for Currie s father son stuff, but the difficult and sad relationship between the character Ron and his lifelong love Emma is also fine.


    25. Quickly read, quickly forgotten I wonder if he records his little obsessive rants and then goes back and polishes the dictation That was a recurring thought while reading wondering about his writing process And I kept wishing that he d write about someone else besides himself.


    26. I didn t love this book I wanted to love it since I loved his debut so very much, but for some reason I just couldn t connect with this one It s not a bad book, not at all, just not to my taste.




    27. What a weird book I can t really tell if I liked it or not Thus the 3 star rating I ll ponder it, maybe come back to this review, add to it later.



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