Item description for Aware of My Hide by Dennison Rey...
In the main vein of Thomas Ripley, Holden Caulfield, and Patrick Bateman, Dennison Rey's anti-hero Terry Taft may very well be one-part narcissistic and one-part misanthropic, but he remains all parts in between. Taft's semi-stream-of-consciousness foray toward the brink of self-discovery is littered with questions and concerns. And sure, maybe even a corpse or two. Along the way he continually contemplates his sanity, morality, and sexuality, all the while wondering whether he's ''normal.'' He fuels his perversions through meaningless relationships with women and unfulfilling connections with men, and eventually discovers that when he plays with himself, someone may be playing with him.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2004
Publisher Outskirts Press
ISBN 1932672079 ISBN13 9781932672077
Availability 63 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 24, 2016 01:16.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Aware of My Hide?
Hilarious! May 20, 2005
A friend recommended this to me because she said I like peverse stories. Fair enough, and good call! This has peversion in spades. I like _some_ Palahniuk, or, as I like to call him Up-Chuck, but I found this book more entertaining, rather than just simply gross. The quotes are right. It's pee-your-pants funny in spots.
I Like Palahniuk But I Don't Like This Mar 10, 2005
This was sold as being like a modern-day "Catcher..." ? I don't get that at all. This book is much more confined and narrow in scope and isn't written nearly as well. The overall tone of this novel is different and much darker. Holden was a kind soul who, ultimately, chose NOT to sleep with the prostitute. Terry Taft is a malignant soul who not only sleeps with prostitutes, but wouldn't be beyond raping and murdering them as well! This book is pretty unpleasant ( intentionally and not ) to slog through and has little to redeem it. It can't even live up to the provocative "Angry White Male" hype ( this isn't like the movie "Falling Down" or anything even close ) on the back cover description. I only gave it two stars because I have certainly read worse and cannot justly give it only one. Palahniuk, Salinger, and Toole fans should avoid this and the rest of you aren't missing anything vital here either.
A quick, entertaining read Jul 21, 2004
I read all the reviews about this book and most of them said that the character Terry Taft is a mix between Patrick Bateman, Thomas Ripley, and Holden Caulfield. So, I read American Psycho, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Catcher in the Rye before I read this.
It is exactly what you would expect it to be, a dirty story about a dirty man who likes booze, hookers, strip clubs, sex, party's, phone sex, and dressing up in women's clothing. To some people, that might be boring and lame, but when you combine a story with those elements with an author like Dennison Rey, you get a laugh out loud book. Dennison Rey is a brilliant, and educated writer talking about the things people rarely mention in everyday chatter. That is why some people will say that this book caught them off gaurd, or made them say, "Did he just say that?". This is Rey's debut novel, and he gets in your face on every page.
If you like to read about a unique lifestyle, and have the intelligence to look past loads of vulgarity, then this book has your name on it.
Un-Aware of Development Jun 16, 2004
When I was first introduced to this book, I was very excited to hear of its arrival. Based on the above reviews I thought the author would be a dark, humorist - "it takes a particular audience to read" is true. Everything is as truthful as it is vague, except for one thing: I did not enjoy this book. The author could compare his novel to Catcher in the Rye if he were as clever an author as JD Salinger, but he isn't - so we'll stick with something closer to home, like Walter Kirn's Thumbsucker.
I suppose the author could have succeeded in having his main character, Terry Taft, be funny had he not been so obsessed with being a complete badass all the time. Firstly, although admittedly engaging as a novel, it was not well written. The main character is a homicidal, cruel pervert who spends the bulk of the book attempting to get laid. There is absolutely NO character development in the plot (which isn't surprising because there wasn't much of a plot either). I feel this book was a complete waste of MY time and should not be on the same page as Palahniuk - for the author has about an eighth of the talent. Don't get me wrong, if you liked Thumbsucker and Catcher in the Rye or simply enjoy books all encompassing sex, cruelty, and self-pity you may very well enjoy this novel to the fullest of what it has to offer. However, if you accidentally stumbled across this page looking for a Chuck Palahniuk-esque author, as I did, this is not your area of expertise, my friend. Palahniuk involved thinking and involvement - this book offer only what has been mentioned, with a raging overdose of self pity and little growth. p.S> I hope none of those reading this are offended by this message. I tend to be utterly brutal when it comes to reviews -- so don't take it personally. It says nothing about you as a person.
Not an ordinary read... Jan 27, 2003
Aware Of My Hide is not an ordinary read. Rey does a nice job of bringing the reader into his world of twisted reality. His ability to add humor to the most disturbing situations is unique and makes for a surprising experience. The language is harsh, much more so than necessary in my opinion. In conclusion, Aware Of My Hide is an exceptional read for those willing to explore the twisted mind of a sexually obsessed single white male.