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Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fridays at Enrico's , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 20, Rory O'Connor rated it it was amazing. Don Carpenter was one of the finest writers around, but never achieved much in the way of recognition. His characters and locations are finely drawn and he handles emotions with depth, clarity, and ease. Jul 28, Tyler Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: writers-and-writing.
This is a wonderful novel and you should read it. I have to state that because the hardcover edition put out by Counterpoint leads you believe it is.
Review: Fridays at Enrico’s – krondo
I can only imagine this was done for some crass marketing reason, which, when you read the book, is ironic as hell. As Lethem writes in his afterword; Speaking of Brautigan, the suggestion has clung I can't really see how this explains the resulting book, except that novelists frequently begin with one thing and end up with something else. That Counterpoint insists on pushing this as a Brautigan book will only disappoint some readers while discouraging others from ever picking it up.
I hope they dropped this tactic on the paperback. This is a novel about writers and writing. About the solitary, sometimes selfish, life of an artist. About the need for recognition and ego stroking, but also how devotion to a craft can give one's life meaning. It explores the whole spectrum of feelings that a writer goes through. The characters are real, and when they experience intense emotions I, as a reader, felt them too.
I cared deeply about all these people because I recognize myself in them. And there is a good chance you will feel the same way, because the book is that good. Feb 08, Stuart rated it really liked it Shelves: There's something about Carpenter that lingers, that turns into literary nostalgia for me. While not near as awe inspiring as "Hard Rain Falling," one of my top 5 books, these flawed, striving writers and their pursuit of being published, back dimmed by the fog and rain of the Pacific NW and San Fran, parallel the plaintive lives of Billy and Jack from HRF.
All of Carpenter feels like one world to me, a world that has such raw emotional authenticity it tricks my brain into believing these are There's something about Carpenter that lingers, that turns into literary nostalgia for me. All of Carpenter feels like one world to me, a world that has such raw emotional authenticity it tricks my brain into believing these are not things I've read, but my own memories.
Nov 14, Tony Perez-Giese rated it did not like it. Check out this unintentionally I hope hilarious clunker paragraph from this book: "He tried to remember her name. He thought about getting back into the warm bed and making love to her again. They'd done it twice during the night. This would make it three times, just about the minimum if he wanted her to think of him as a lover. Did he? She was cute, but he couldn't recall anything about her. And there was another problem. He wondered if this sudden good news, amazingly good news, might render Check out this unintentionally I hope hilarious clunker paragraph from this book: "He tried to remember her name.
He wondered if this sudden good news, amazingly good news, might render him impotent for a time. He would be thinking feverishly about the magazine deal and the possibilities of the future, instead of concentrating on his lovemaking. It was too great a risk. I really liked Carpenter's book A Couple of Comedians and thought this one would be equally good, especially because of the recent re-issue and high praise from Jonathan Lethem , but the book just can't get out from under the weight of its terrible writing.
It's also amazing how many typos made it into this version. I'm not one to search for them, but someone who checked this book out of the library before me was quite attentive with their pencil corrections.
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The publishers had four decades to get all those cleaned up, but they missed a bunch. Very strange. Apr 02, Karen rated it it was ok Shelves: american-writers. Among them was Don Carpenter who went on to write a critically acclaimed debut novel, Hard Rain Falling, 10 novels, two short-story collections and many screenplays. Although esteemed by the literary fraternity, his work brought him little commercial success and in fact most has been out of print for several years.
It's a sprawling novel based loosely on characters who frequented the cafe and were part of the literary scene in Northern California and Oregan. He gives us four writers all hoping to win recognition and publishing success in the early days of the Beat scene. Jaime Monel and her husband Charlie met at university in San Francisco where they were both studying creative writing. Charlie looks ripe for success when an outline of his novel based on his experiences in the Korean war wins an award.
Jaime initially puts her own writerly ambitions aside when she becomes pregnant but her burning desire to write is never completely extinguished. Fridays at Enrico's is really a story of ambition and frustration, of the yearning for recognition and the despair and desolation when it doesn't materialise.
It's told against a backdrop of the burgeoning bohemian counter-culture along the West Coast, with each of the stories fuelled by a fair amount of alcohol and experimentation with drugs. Carpenter evokes the atmosphere well, showing it as one of endless possibilities countered by the sense of a loss of innocence. To achieve their ambitions, these four people must make personal decisions about what they are prepared to relinquish in order to achieve success.
In Portland, Dick Dubonet is revelling in the fact he's sold some of his work to Playboy. Hislife seems complete when he meets up with a ravishing, free wheeling woman who's hobnobbed with Kerouac and co. Dick really wants to write a novel but doesn't seem able to do more than churn out formulaic short stories. The most interesting character is Stan Winger, a jewel thief and housebreaker with a particularly nasty habit of leaving excrement in his victims houses.
After attending classes with Charlie Monel, Stan begins to write the kind of crime fiction that sells and sells. Hollywood beckons but the shadow of his criminal past is always hovering on his shoulder. The novel wasn't quite completed before Carpenter's death and that shows in the less than convincing portrayal of the quartet and in some odd omissions and lapses in the narrative. Stan Winger was the character I most wanted to succeed simply because of his determination to be a writer.
Here is a guy who while doing time at San Quentin creates a novel but because he is denied paper upon which to write, he commits the whole thing to memory. Whether Jamie or Charlie gained the recognition they wanted wasn't anything I could get particularly excited about while just at the point where I thought Dick was becoming interested, he just faded from the story.
Most odd. Even odder is that fact that while there are plenty of cafes and bars visited regularly by the charcters, Enrico's doesn't actually make an appearance until almost the end. Apr 30, Prooost Davis rated it it was amazing. Fridays at Enrico's is Don Carpenter's final novel, newly published nearly twenty years after his death. The book concerns the lives of several writers as they try to become successful, and as they try to get through their lives as best they can, just like the rest of humanity does.
Charlie and Jaime Monel are a writing couple. Charlie, full of charm and bigger than life, teaches creative writing while wrestling with his big war novel about his experiences as a P. It turns out that Fridays at Enrico's is Don Carpenter's final novel, newly published nearly twenty years after his death.
It turns out that the creative writing teacher is not much of a writer himself. His wife, Jaime, turns out to be the writer in the family. Meanwhile, one of Charlie's students, Stan Winger, in and out of jail for burglary, tries to get started in a career writing pulp novels.
'Fridays at Enrico's,' by Don Carpenter
This final novel reveals Don Carpenter's keen ear and his insights into his characters' states of mind as they try to navigate through the risky world of writing, publishing, and even Hollywood. Sadly, it also suggests to me that Don Carpenter was far from finished as an author when his physical illness made writing next to impossible. One of the delightful features of this novel is the description of the various plots that Stan Winger a character you'll love and Jaime Monel are spinning out in their minds as they plan future books.
Sep 08, James rated it really liked it. I just finished reading the novel Friday's at Enrico's by Don Carpenter, with editing by noted contemporary novelist Jonathan Lethem. This is the first book I've read by Carpenter, who wrote novels from up until his death in The back story is that Carpenter wrote this book while trying to grapple with the death of his close friend Richard Brautigan, but this novel quickly generates its own distinct energy.
The book is about writers and how they deal with the process and challenges of I just finished reading the novel Friday's at Enrico's by Don Carpenter, with editing by noted contemporary novelist Jonathan Lethem. The book is about writers and how they deal with the process and challenges of writing. Most of the first half of the book is set in Portland, where several local writers are in the early stages of trying to make it as writers of novels or short stories.
Dick Dubonet has just sold his first story to Playboy and is admired by the local writers for his breakthrough. He has fallen in love with Linda, who knows the leading lights of the San Francisco Beat community and is well connected in the publishing industry. Charlie, a Korean war veteran, has just moved up to the area with his wife Jaime; they are both writers, but write in different styles.
Charlie gets a job teaching writing and meets a young man named Stan who has no formal education, but wants to write stories and get away from his shadow life as a burglar. Charlie tries to help Stan by having Dick Dubonet read a story Stan wrote. Dick doesn't think much of it, but Linda loves it and helps Stan by re-typing it to fix grammar and by making a few edits. However, as Carpenter makes clear, Stan and Jaime are equals in the republic of letters, though working in very different genres. Doing time at San Quentin, Stan shows heroic discipline, memorizing whole chapters of his new project.
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