Item description for Marude X by Jeffery Bartone...
Meet Francis Fellini Phaeline, a self-described fatalist who is paid a dollar a word to write a full-length story about his best buddy Bucky Bertolli, "the idiot poet from Pennsylvania." In a novel that has been described as "a hilarious post-modern romp," francis and Bucky, armed with copious amounts of anti-establishment millenial angst, set out "to spread their viral gene sequence" in as many time zones as possible. It's only when they pass the existentially tragic age of thirty that they realize their circuitous path of social destruction has always been in orbit around the inscrutable, indescribable X -Marude X. "Marude X is one of the most engaging novels I've read in years." -Chuck Rosenthal.
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A Post-Industrial novel for the Gen-X intelligensia. Jan 1, 2004
Jeff Bartone's first novel is a worthy journey through the post college days of the late 1980's and early 90's in which this cast of zany characters tries to get something going, something of their own, something real. Bartone uses his wordsmithing gifts to help illuminate the lives of this small group; each trying to have life on their own terms, regardless of convention or social acceptability. Farcical in tone, but with a strong recognition of the human spirit, Bartone will make you laugh, especially if you get his high powered, high culture jabs at the "gonzo" unpredictability of life. Marude X gives us the lives of those living on the edge of success and failure, sanity and madness, and love and infatuation.
Bartone's triumph is his ability to take the decadent existence of these characters to heights of humor, loss and irreverence, while still feeling for them as people. A remarkable first effort, I can't wait for our next offering from Mr. Bartone.
Marude X Aug 13, 2003
This book captures a uniquely 80s and 90s what-the-hell mood that stems from a mixture of impotent helplessness and decadent abundance. Bartone's figures seem trapped by their search for meaning and truth in an age where even cynicism seems cliche and dated. Marude acts as merely a sun around which these hapless, lifeless planets revolve. Certainly not a "feel-good", light read, but oddly sobering and, dare I say, almost uplifting. Be prepared to laugh in spite of yourself.
Sumptuous Aug 5, 2003
Wow, what can I say. The entire book is a roller coaster of fun and debauchery; it is both a cautionary tale and a Hunter Thompson-esque romp, filled with delicious wordplay, keen observation, and wicked silliness. A wonderful first effort; I can't wait for Mr. Bartone to surpass it with future tales.
I strongly recommend it. Be prepared to laugh out loud, while simultaneously cheering and pitying the characters.
Twisted Tale of Deranged Duo Jul 8, 2003
Marude X is the story of two friends and their search for meaning, love and happiness. It is also a look at the strange world of literary sucess and failure, as well as a cautionary tale of relationships in the latter part of the 20th century. If you like your fiction fast and lite... DONT buy this book... but if you enjoy a well written, thought provoking, complex tale of love, lust, and the tragedies that can befall us all then this book is for you. Marude X is the Author's first novel and is likely to NOT be his last.
MUST READ FOR AN ENTIRE GENERATION Jul 1, 2003
The book is a fantastic story about what it was like growing up in the eighties and trying to find your way in the nineties. It is an amazing book.