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Thumbsucker: A Novel av Walter Kirn
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Thumbsucker: A Novel (utgåvan 1999)

av Walter Kirn

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A comedy on a 14-year-old boy who still sucks his thumb. Cured of the habit by his dentist, he finds himself deprived of a relaxant and the novel describes his search for a substitute in sex, drink and smoking.
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Titel:Thumbsucker: A Novel
Författare:Walter Kirn
Info:Anchor (1999), Paperback, 320 pages
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We meet Justin Cobb as a fourteen year-old whose parents are trying to break him of his thumbsucking. The local dentist also practices hypnosis, and his session with Justin is successful, but without his thumb it's revealed that Justin has an addictive personality. Over the next few years, he jumps from being a drug addict, to fly-fishing, to aggressively competing on the school speech team, then involving the family with the Mormon church. He convinces himself that his mother is going to leave the family for Don Johnson, causing him to ruin her chance to meet the actor. It turns out that Justin's need to throw himself into the next thing is nearly matched by his parents, who deal with their own desires to mold themselves into better people.
Darkly funny, sometimes disturbing. I picked this up after reading Up In The Air by Kirn. His strange characters are almost haunting, good people who are nearly beaten by their dysfunction yet keep trying. ( )
  mstrust | Nov 30, 2018 |
I absolutely love this book. Justin Cobb has a problem with sucking his thumb and after visiting his dentist who hypnotizes him, Justin develops new obsessions to replace thumbsucking. He experiments with sex and drugs, joins the debate team, becomes a Mormon, fly fishes, just about anything. Also central to the story is Justin's dysfunctional family.
The novel is endearing and engaging. Also the basis for the movie of the same name, starring Lou Pucci. Loved the movie, but as usual, the book reigns supreme. ( )
  Borrows-N-Wants | Sep 22, 2018 |
High-schooler Justin still sucks his thumb. Hypnosis seems to do the trick but it also leaves a void in his life which he fills with various activities such as discovering a talent for forensic speaking, joining the Mormon church, fly fishing, smoking dope, uncovering his mother’s supposed affair with a celebrity in rehab, and a job as a gas station attendant. It was aiiight...
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
What a weird little book! I can see the comparison to Holden Caulfield. I just hope my teenage boys don't go down these same paths. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
What a great train wreck of a story! I picked it up mid morning and finished it by evening. Characters are all so wonderfully flawed you can't help but empathize with even the ones you don't especially like. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Feb 20, 2015 |
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