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    Free Unlimited eBook culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism People work hard and then they die They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls But that s not nearly as awful as it sounds in fact, sometimes it s perfectMitch Hrlicka lives in Owl He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof Julia Rabia just moved to Owl She gets free booze and falls in love with a self loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy three years He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth They all know each other completely, except that they ve never metLike a colder, Reagan era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman s Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing Loaded with detail and unified by a very real blizzard, it s technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain timebut it s really about a problem And the problem is this What does it mean to be a normal person And there is no answer But in Downtown Owl, what matters is how you ask the question."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 275 pages
  • Downtown Owl
  • Chuck Klosterman
  • English
  • 04 July 2018
  • 1416544186

10 thoughts on “Downtown Owl

  1. J.K. Grice J.K. Grice says:

    If you ve never read Klosterman, DOWNTOWN OWL is a good one to start with I loved the characters in Owl, North Dakota and also the way the author chronicles the book through dates and times I grew up in a town of 1,000 people, so maybe I just identify , but this was a fabulous story.


  2. RandomAnthony RandomAnthony says:

    Ok, I just finished Downtown Owl A few thoughts 1 I realize slamming Klosterman is fashionable, but I liked this book, esp the first 250 pages, quite a bit However, it s important to note that Klosterman loves North Dakota and parts of Downtown Owl read like mash notes to the author s home state You could see him sitting in a bar saying, Wasn t growing up in North Dakota weird, even if we didn t know it at the time But still, I can t complain 2 I laughed out loud at least ten times whi Ok, I just finished Downtown Owl A few thoughts 1 I realize slamming Klosterman is fashionable, but I liked this book, esp the first 250 pages, quite a bit However, it s important to note that Klosterman loves North Dakota and parts of Downtown Owl read like mash notes to the author s home state You could see him sitting in a bar saying, Wasn t growing up in North Dakota weird, even if we didn t know it at the time But still, I can t complain 2 I laughed out loud at least ten times while reading this book Most of the laughter took place in the first 100 hundred pages.3 The interlocking stories strategy works pretty well, although I felt like Julia s character was the least developed She could have usedweight However, Klosterman sinsightful, esp with minute by minute thought processes, than a reader of his other work might imagine it s hard to get the author s other books out of your mind when reading Downtown Owl.4 Part of that is Klosterman s fault He writes like Klosterman, if you know what I mean, even when different characters are speaking.5 The last thirty or so pages were really weird I m not sure if the ending was necessary I m curious as to what others will think Still, I don t regret reading this book for one minute If you re a Klosterman fan you ll recognize some of his consistent talent in Downtown Owl and heck, it s a quick read Snag the book from the library and give it a shot You don t have anything to lose


  3. Tyler Tyler says:

    This book is absolutely fabulous It ranks as one of the top three books I have ever read and definitely one of the funniest The people who say it isn t a very good read went in with the wrong expectations This isn t Steinbeck or Henry James, this is a modern Salinger What else could you expect out of Klosterman It s not about what goes on around the characters, but rather what goes on inside the characters It is absolutely wonderful You get to follow the thoughts of multiple characters wh This book is absolutely fabulous It ranks as one of the top three books I have ever read and definitely one of the funniest The people who say it isn t a very good read went in with the wrong expectations This isn t Steinbeck or Henry James, this is a modern Salinger What else could you expect out of Klosterman It s not about what goes on around the characters, but rather what goes on inside the characters It is absolutely wonderful You get to follow the thoughts of multiple characters while feeling like you understand and connect with how they are feeling His stream of consciousness is random enough to be funny as hell, but congruent enough to be understood Imagine taking the social criticisms of Killing Yourself to Live, the pessimism and pop culture references of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, putting those ideas in the heads of lovable, fictional characters, wrapping them up in a entirely ironic plot, and finishing it off with an incredible ending for some ribbon Chuck Klosterman gave us one hell of a present in Downtown Owl, if you ask me


  4. Frank Frank says:

    I have read Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman Now I will a write a review of it here and b attempt to write said review in the style of Chuck Klosterman When I picked up this book I was mostly excited to read a new work by Mr Klosterman though somewhat apprehensive about his taking on of the fiction novel genre I was 85% happy with the final outcome.This is my review My review is this After having read his first published stab at fiction in the form of a short story in Chuck Klosterma I have read Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman Now I will a write a review of it here and b attempt to write said review in the style of Chuck Klosterman When I picked up this book I was mostly excited to read a new work by Mr Klosterman though somewhat apprehensive about his taking on of the fiction novel genre I was 85% happy with the final outcome.This is my review My review is this After having read his first published stab at fiction in the form of a short story in Chuck Klosterman IV I didn t believe he could really make me enjoy a full scale novel I was wrong Downtown Owl was pretty good Klosterman sticks to what he knows Pop culture observations this time done through the eyes of ficticious characters So even if the book is not a literary masterpiece, it still is an honest solid work by the well established author.My biggest qualm with the story and it s not a major point of contention is that on the whole the story seemed to lack a point We follow three different characters from the same small rural town of OWL living three different kinds of existences but never crossing each others paths A sort of three seperate stories united and seperate at the same time The ending was paradoxically unnecessary and necessary at the same The ending is truely the part of the book that warrants discussion and debate


  5. Jodi Jodi says:

    In a Pop Matters interview Chuck Klosterman says, It was harder to write fiction, but maybe that was only because I d never done it before I can t remember if writing Fargo Rock City was hard or easy The fact that he s never written fiction before is painfully, achingly, stupefyingly, annoyingly obvious First, there is the problem with the adverbs, which I won t go into again.To start off Klosterman can t even answer the question of who is telling this story, one of the main tenets of all fi In a Pop Matters interview Chuck Klosterman says, It was harder to write fiction, but maybe that was only because I d never done it before I can t remember if writing Fargo Rock City was hard or easy The fact that he s never written fiction before is painfully, achingly, stupefyingly, annoyingly obvious First, there is the problem with the adverbs, which I won t go into again.To start off Klosterman can t even answer the question of who is telling this story, one of the main tenets of all fiction, even the most experimental My best guess, after finishing the book, is that it s Chuck Klosterman himself The mystery narrator seems to have all of Klosterman s patented schtick down There s tons of weird lists, parenthetical asides, pop culture references coming at you a mile a minute, lots of repetition to really make his point in case you missed it the first three times Sounds like Klosterman, right Read the rest


  6. Helena Helena says:

    Chuck Klosterman is adorable and thus we fell in love and made casual small talk one day about a year ago when he came in to sign books Now we live together Except, you know, he s a book on the shelf and I m a real live girl.I think, perhaps, had I read this several years ago, it would have been The Best Book I ve Ever Read However, Douglas Coupland got to the several years ago me first and so I spent the course of Downtown Owl looking for the Canada references There aren t any But explain Chuck Klosterman is adorable and thus we fell in love and made casual small talk one day about a year ago when he came in to sign books Now we live together Except, you know, he s a book on the shelf and I m a real live girl.I think, perhaps, had I read this several years ago, it would have been The Best Book I ve Ever Read However, Douglas Coupland got to the several years ago me first and so I spent the course of Downtown Owl looking for the Canada references There aren t any But explain the difference between Canada and North Dakota to me in a meaningful way and I ll give you five dollars That s not to say I didn t like it, but I think I ve read it before


  7. Meg Meg says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Maybe I had low expectations, maybe I really like Chuck Klosterman, maybe it was the right book to read on the way to and from a memorial service in two sittings on public transportation regardless, I did really like the book I previously posted I was worried about the reference to Friday Night Lights on the back, but it s close Of course, North Dakota isn t Texas, and there s a lot less football even though FNL is only incidentally about football Don t read it if you re expecting some ep Maybe I had low expectations, maybe I really like Chuck Klosterman, maybe it was the right book to read on the way to and from a memorial service in two sittings on public transportation regardless, I did really like the book I previously posted I was worried about the reference to Friday Night Lights on the back, but it s close Of course, North Dakota isn t Texas, and there s a lot less football even though FNL is only incidentally about football Don t read it if you re expecting some epic plot to come out and hit you in the face It sFNL Season 1 a quiet portrait of a town that hasn t changed at all than FNL Season 2 in which Landry kills someone And you know what It s a good choice.I only hesitated from giving the book 5 stars because I got really angry not knowingof the reaction post blizzard, especially concerning Mitch and Julia And also not knowingabout Laidlaw


  8. Holli Holli says:

    Loved it Klosterman is a genius and I ll read anything he writes he s so clever and writes in such a conversational way It s easy to get into the rhythmn of his writing and I enjoy every page In this book, he tells the story of a tiny town called Owl that s hit by a monster blizzard The blizzard doesn t even happen until the last few pages but every page leading up to it is a pleasure The surprising creepy ending kept me thinking about it for daysFavorite Passage Why do we get out of b Loved it Klosterman is a genius and I ll read anything he writes he s so clever and writes in such a conversational way It s easy to get into the rhythmn of his writing and I enjoy every page In this book, he tells the story of a tiny town called Owl that s hit by a monster blizzard The blizzard doesn t even happen until the last few pages but every page leading up to it is a pleasure The surprising creepy ending kept me thinking about it for daysFavorite Passage Why do we get out of bed Mitch wondered Is there any feeling better than being in bed What could possibly feel better than this What is going to happen in the course of my day that will be an improvement over lying on something very soft, underneath something very warm, wearing only underwear, doing absolutely nothing, all by myself Every day, Mitch awoke to this line reasoning Every day, the first move he made outside his sheets immediately destroyed the only flawless part of his existence He could still remember the spring of 1978, when he along with over half of his fifth grade classmates contracted mononucleosis It was the best month of his life


  9. Kelly Kelly says:

    There were parts I loved and parts that seemed like silly writing exercises to amuse himself.


  10. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Chuck Klosterman s first novel did not make a great impression on me Honestly, I read it and nearly immediately forgot it I d stick with his essays.


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Downtown Owl[Ebook] ➠ Downtown Owl Author Chuck Klosterman – Liversite.co.uk Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn t there Disco is over, but punk never happened They don t have cable They don t really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices an Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn t there Disco is over, but punk never happened They don t have cable They don t really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism People work hard and then they die They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls But that s not nearly as awful as it sounds in fact, sometimes it s perfectMitch Hrlicka lives in Owl He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof Julia Rabia just moved to Owl She gets free booze and falls in love with a self loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy three years He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth They all know each other completely, except that they ve never metLike a colder, Reagan era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman s Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing Loaded with detail and unified by a very real blizzard, it s technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain timebut it s really about a problem And the problem is this What does it mean to be a normal person And there is no answer But in Downtown Owl, what matters is how you ask the question.


About the Author: Chuck Klosterman

Charles John Chuck Klosterman is an American pop culture journalist, critic, humorist, and essayist He was raised on a farm near Wyndmere, North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota in After college he was a journalist in Fargo, North Dakota and later an arts critic for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio, before moving to New York City in .