Driving on the Rim

Driving on the Rim By Thomas McGuane, Driving on the Rim From one of America s most acclaimed literary figures an important as well as brilliant novelist The New York Times Book Review a major new novel that hilariously takes the pulse of our times The unfo
  • Title: Driving on the Rim
  • Author: Thomas McGuane
  • ISBN: 9781400041558
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Driving on the Rim By Thomas McGuane, From one of America s most acclaimed literary figures an important as well as brilliant novelist The New York Times Book Review a major new novel that hilariously takes the pulse of our times The unforgettable voyager of this dark comic journey is I B Berl Pickett, M.D the die of whose uncharmed life was probably cast as soon as his mother got the bright ideaFrom one of America s most acclaimed literary figures an important as well as brilliant novelist The New York Times Book Review a major new novel that hilariously takes the pulse of our times The unforgettable voyager of this dark comic journey is I B Berl Pickett, M.D the die of whose uncharmed life was probably cast as soon as his mother got the bright idea to name him after Irving Berlin The boyhood insults to any chance of normalcy piled on apace thereafter the traumatizing, spasmodic spectacle of Pentecostalist Sunday worship the socially inhibitory accompaniment of his parents on their itinerant rug shampooing business the undue technical advancement and emotional retardation that ensued from his erotic initiation at the hands of his aunt What would have become of this soul had he not gone to medical school, thanks to the surrogate parenting of a local physician and solitary bird hunter But there is meaning to life beyond professional accreditation, even in the noblest of callings Berl s been on a mission to find it these past few years, though with scant equipment or basis for hope Hard to say for the moment anyway whether his mission has been aided or set back by his having fallen under suspicion of negligent homicide in the death of his former lover All the same, being ostracized by virtually all his colleagues at the clinic gives him something to chew on the reality of small town living as total surveillance than any semblance of fellowship, even among folks you ve known your whole life Fortunately, for Berl, it doesn t take a village And he will find his deliverance in continuing to practice medicine one way or another, as well as in the few human connections he has made, wittingly or not, over the years The landscape, too, will furnish a hint in what might yet prove, if not a certifiable epiphany, a semi spiritual awakening in I B Pickett, M.D the inglorious but sole hero of Thomas McGuane s uproarious and profound exploration of the threads by which we all are hanging.
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    1. Self reflective novels tend to make me, well, self reflective I m prone to see myself in the first person narratives Well turned thoughts become Ah Ha moments of clarity Such as The story was always the same someone would find a reason to be interested in me then they would hit that little wall which consisted in their detecting my scrutiny of them.And here I thought I was just socially awkward.But, no, I was not, I decided after all, like Dr Irving Berlin Pickett There were similarities which I [...]


    2. There s so much going on with this novel than at first appears The story arc is skeletal, even anecdotal, at first, but each subsequent vignette reveals a deeper understanding of the complexity of the protagonist a small town Montana doctor who would be reluctant to allow such personal revelation The reader almost has to wrestle the undercurrents from the first person narrator His neglectful parenting by a mother obsessed with fundamentalist Christianity and a father obsessed with his war exper [...]


    3. Dark, funny but also very true to life An intimate view into the life of a man who crosses the class barrier in a small town in Montana Dr Berl Pickett is a quirky character who despite his indiscretions and lapses of judgment is quite engaging The reader can relate to what he says about his life and the paths taken or not taken We see a man taken to introspection as he walks through the West of his past and the present He succumbs to his urges and is unrepentant He can not see the love of his l [...]


    4. The novel takes place in thinly disguised Livingston Montana and features a doctor who was born in the town to poor parents who lived on the edges of society and came back to the town after finishing medical school The novel includes flashbacks to his childhood with his current life which appears to revolve around alcohol, womanizing, fishing and attempts at old fashioned country doctoring that conflicts with the other doctors and owners of the medical clinic that employs him The flashbacks to h [...]


    5. I heard that in years past, pigs were drawn into the slaughterhouses of the Chicago stockyards by hooks attached to their noses A pig is a smart animal, but this placed the decision elsewhere It was in this spirit I headed once to White Sulfur Springs to pay a call on Jocelyn Boyce Ch 14 alsoNapoleon said that if it weren t for religion the poor would kill the rich Ch 15 The library s Overdrive system up and deleted Driving on the Rim right out from under me upon the due date, or rather, made m [...]


    6. McGuane is such an awesome writer I love how his randomness just pulls things together it is, after all, the way we interact with the world, and the culmination of detail makes up a robust reality than the usual contrived literary strings of articulation I was saving this for a trip we are starting tomorrow, but couldn t resist starting it, and now am already sucked into the character and craft Hope I can put it down long enough to day to pack.Later finished it, reluctantly Such a great author, [...]


    7. I think that Thomas McGuane is an indisputably talented writer He has a unique authorial voice and can write crisp sentences that seem to possess fundamental truths Having said that, I simply didn t enjoy Driving on the Rim The Dickensian catalogue of characters and narrative wordplay were fun to juggle for a while however, the novel felt heavy and overstuffed Now, let me say, I don t mind working through a novel however, I don t want a novel to feel like work Driving will definitely appeal to a [...]


    8. Not my kind of book Here we have a flawed character, a doctor who is sidelined by a malpractice sort of thing, This gives him much time on his hands to think about his multitude of problems As a doctor he is very compassionate, professional, and caring As a human he doesn t know how to deal with people I found his stupid behavior exasperating and this definitely colored my thoughts about the book I finished it, but it was a struggle.High points I enjoyed the lovingly composed descriptions of the [...]


    9. I debated between a 3 star and a 4 star rating on this one, but ultimately decided to be generous The tipping point is probably this quip near the middle of the book Nowadays, experiences came at me like bugs hitting the windshield I wasn t sure I could keep up Of all the mysteries of life, nothing was mysterious than the return of happiness I was willing to wait As we follow Pickett in this not always chronological episodic novel that holds together only a bit tighter than a series of short st [...]


    10. I loooved this book It was thoroughly entertaining It was in turns darkly hilarious, insightful, cringe inducing, profound and utterly real I say the last especially as McGuane makes a note in his foreword of saying that this is a work of fiction and as such it should be taken with a grain of salt Truth, it has been said, is stranger than fiction and McGuane comes so very close to the truth that it is a little unnerving He has drawn a character in Berl Pickett that is full of people I know He is [...]


    11. I d read a couple of Mcguane short stories and absolutely loved them before deciding to try one of his novels I was pretty disappointed Driving on the Rim takes place in a small Montana town Like Richard Russo s Empire Falls, the town is full of a cast of intriguing small town characters simple folk, lawyers, cowboys, doctors And like Russo, I found that Mcguane was just a little too impressed all the details of the world he created Sure he is a phenomenal writer, but I don t need full paragraph [...]


    12. Just read this latest by a guy who was one of my favorite authors when he was young and crazed I think he s been hit and miss for the last twenty years or so, now that he s settled and sober It s kind of a rock and roll career arc than a novelist s.Driving on the Rim is my favorite since Nothing But Blue Skies Another Montanan lead character who s having a hard time keeping it together, this time a doctor whose nutso family Christian itinerant carpet shampooers and hardscrabble youth have plan [...]


    13. Thomas McGuane s novel will make you laugh, tear up, and nod with the, Oh, I know someone like that character feeling Driving on the Rim is the story of Irving Berlin Pickett, M.D who has his practice in a small town in Montana He grew up with colorful characters surrounding him including his rug cleaning parents, with his holly roller, patriotic mother, to his over sexed aunt, to women along the way that seduce himuntilmething happens in his practice The event forces Berl to review his life tak [...]


    14. Driving on the Rim is a character driven novel that encompasses a full life the life of Montana doctor, Irving Berlin Pickett McGuane has artfully crafted a collage of a plot, rendered along an unpaved road, complete with a set of unique characters who are viewed through the eyes and mind of a narrator as he matures, albeit very, very slowly We are introduced to him as the son of Christian fundamentalist traveling salespeople he meets a doctor who teaches him how to fish, track, and hunt and in [...]


    15. Incisive and droll, this picaresque comedy delighted the critics with its exceptional prose, quirky, well developed characters, and sharp insights into modern day life McGuane may infuse this serious exploration of contemporary moral questions with witty observations and deadpan one liners, but as a mature and confident novelist, he is careful not to dull the edges of his inquiries A few critics had reservations, including a meandering plot and some discontinuities in characters and timelines Ho [...]


    16. After 9 chapters of this book , I have given up on it This story is about Irvin Berlin Pickett, who is a physician in a small community in Wyoming He is emotionally immature , has no morals, and makes poor choices He goes from one chosen misfortune to another Occasionally the author writes a line or two that give pause and says to meis author can write But for me, this story needs to be interesting and better organized This author introduces too many characters and their story goes no where To [...]


    17. I d been meaning to get my hands on a Thomas McGuane novel ever since I d read Motherlode his country noir story in the New Yorker you can also find it in his short story collection Crow Fair.Driving the Rim is written like a memoir in the 1st person of Maonatana Doctor Berl Picket reflecting on his life , but is novelistic in it s chronology By that I mean he ll jump back and forth in his protagonist s timeline for dramatic effect, ending a chapter on a cliffhanger and starting the next in a co [...]


    18. I loved some of McGuane s earlier novels set in Florida, especially 92 in the Shade and Panama, but his Montana novels which he s been writing since he moved there 40 years ago haven t grabbed me in the same way But then I was in Bozeman a couple of weeks ago and picked up this one in the airport, and slowly but surely found myself getting into it He still has that same off beat sensibility, with the same kinds of off kilter villains and heroines, that he had back in his Key West books, and whil [...]


    19. Pretty good for the first 200 pages but then loses focus.Originally there s a lot to like here but unfortunately the flow of the story becomes rather turgid, nearly absurdly so as the protagonist s frequent digressions go from being charming to becoming irksome The drama of the main plot development is obvious to anyone who s read any Victorian novels or watched any Hollywood movie, yet McGuane, in some coy nod to postmodernism, keeps the plot on minimal life support while treating readers to in [...]



    20. At just over 300 pages, Driving on the Rim is McGuane s longest book by a pretty wide margin But in terms of scope, the story is or less vintage McGuane the difference is the principal story doesn t kick in until the last half What fills the additional pages are little vignettes from I Irving B Berl Pickett s life as a smalltown Montana doctor Eventually, McGuane languorously connects a few plot points, but the exceptional aspects are mainly isolated riffs A few Chapter 8 is just eight short pa [...]


    21. I haven t read McGuane probably since the 1980s For awhile in the 70s and 80s, I was quite taken with his prose, his associations with Hemingway Michigan, fishing, Key West , his lyrically precise natural descriptions and his sly, deft dialogue, but then grew inured to its charms It grew predictable and the wit turned, it seemed to me, not sour but glib so I kept buying new McGuane novels but stopped reading them But I d picked up this 2010 novel a few years ago and on impulse maybe it was a cou [...]


    22. Reading Thomas McGuane s Driving on the Rim, I found myself wondering if and in what ways his original manuscript of this work was edited I can imagine any editor committed to the maxim that it is essential to eliminate all unnecessary verbiage would be severely challenged by McGuane, who meanders gleefully from one fleeting observation to the next, such that some of this book s most memorable passages are found in digressions Among the unnecessary characters are the first person, physician narr [...]


    23. Thomas McGuane is an outstanding writer another one that calls Montana home This is my first experience reading him, and I enjoyed the book But I didn t enjoy it as much as I think I should have McGuane is, I believe, a better writer than this book shows Told from the point of view of a Montana small town doctor who is so self absorbed that he is continually thinking only about what is going wrong in his life, or where he went wrong, or why he was ashamed of his parents as a child, the narrator [...]


    24. I am always in a hurry to get my hands on a new McGuane book.I started reading Driving on the Rim as soon as I got it home, but after 50 pages, I found myself thinking that this was a misfire and that the old McGuane magic would not work this time However, little by little that feeling shifted and morphed into my usual fascination, and of course the novel turned out to be fun, fun, fun like always.Mc Guane s novels are formulaic, there is no doubt about that no matter how old, how educated, how [...]


    25. Had me laughing aloud any number of times a tour de force through a mostly unhinged life successful, to some extent, as a physician, Dr Berl Pickett, surrounded by a host of characters, including his holy roller mother and a father who toddled after her, yet had his own stories driven by the war and his ultimate desertion and his aunt who taught him everything she wanted to about sex.Loves come and go unable to really love anyone, he loves for the moment, for the pleasure, for the experience a m [...]


    26. There s a wonderful moment in McGuane s novel where the narrator, a still lustful, aging doctor, describes his evolution in literature and life I read a comic book version of Don Quixote when I was a boy and then an abridged one as a young man, and finally I read it entirely in later years, and than once It was now part of my general memory, and some of its ideas emerged unexpectedly, especially when I was oppressed by the feeling that I was living my life under an evil star and that everything [...]


    27. Reading a book by Thomas Mcguane is often a time consuming a affair His writing style is not for situations where there are stimulus or distractions around you as there are usually enough of these in his stories I do like his books but I need to insert them in between about 100 other books, before I have the fortitude to get through one Tho,as McGuane books are NOT for people who 1 Are looking for a quick read2 People you want to get from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time.3 Peopl [...]


    28. Oh my, oh my This one sadly goes on the return shelf of our library, wherein books we read but didn t think were all that great go back for resale at our local Half Price There were moments in this that held my interest but the main protaganist is nearly on the verge of a nervous breakdown the entire novel The scenes are very disjointed, going back and forth between present and future and parts of it are just mounds of dung to be waded through in order to get to the next teensiest weensiest good [...]


    29. I d probably give this five stars for sheer writing impact, but I can see how even serious literary fiction lovers might get bogged down at points in this novel, which is one of McGuane s longest Perhaps McGuane s an acquired taste in some ways, but this novel delivers on character and description fully Nothing much happens plot wise It s of a catalogue of events in the life of a doctor in a small town However, its insight into character and place is fantastically well done Line for line, the w [...]


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