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Ride Around Shining: A Novel By Chris Leslie-Hynan,

  • Title: Ride Around Shining: A Novel
  • Author: Chris Leslie-Hynan
  • ISBN: 9780062285072
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A provocative debut novel about a young white chauffeur and his wealthy black employer, an NBA player a twenty first century inversion of what we ve come to expect stories of race and class to look like, and a discomfiting portrait of envy and obsessionRide Around Shining concerns the idle preoccupations, and later machinations, of a transplanted Portlander named Jess a noA provocative debut novel about a young white chauffeur and his wealthy black employer, an NBA player a twenty first century inversion of what we ve come to expect stories of race and class to look like, and a discomfiting portrait of envy and obsessionRide Around Shining concerns the idle preoccupations, and later machinations, of a transplanted Portlander named Jess a nobody from nowhere with a Master s degree and a gig delivering takeout He parlays the latter, along with a few lies, into a job as a chauffeur for an up and coming Trail Blazer named Calyph West and his young wife, Antonia Calyph is black and Antonia is white and Jess becomes fascinated, innocuously at first, by all they are that he is not In striving to make himself indispensable to them, he causes Calyph to have a season ending knee injury, then brings about the couple s estrangement, before positioning himself at last as their perverse savior.In the tradition of The Talented Mr Ripley, The Great Gatsby, and Harold Pinter s The Servant not to mention a certain Shakespeare play about a creepy white dude obsessed with a black dude Ride Around Shining tries to say the unsayable about white fixation on black culture, particularly black athletic culture, something so common in everyday life it has gone all but unaddressed.
    Ride Around Shining A Novel A provocative debut novel about a young white chauffeur and his wealthy black employer an NBA player a twenty first century inversion of what we ve come to expect stories of race and class to look li

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    1. The only me specific caveat to this review would have to be that I live in Portland Oregon, and therefore was especially taken with the author s evocation of this city, perhaps so than a non native would be And I mean not just the neighborhoods and locations, but also the traffic patterns and weather patterns and even the way the author recalls a certain sleaze and grime to pre hipster PDX But I ve read plenty of books set in cities I have never been to, and I have enjoyed their careful, inside [...]

    2. Review also found at kristineandterri 2I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is August 5, 2014.I enjoy receiving ARC s as it is an opportunity to read stories by authors that are unknown to me as well as the opportunity to discover a story that may not have crossed my path otherwise In most cases this pays off however unfortunately it was not the case with this story.I just didn t get it Th [...]

    3. I m sure I m not alone in declaring that my bookishness feels completely incompatible with sports When friends squabble about the latest NBA gossip, I m usually off sitting on the sidelines, wishing I had a book with me.That is not to say I m entirely dismissive of athletic endeavors in the first place it s a world that seems so foreign and yet, with some thinking, is fraught with all the same insecurities that writer nerds like me have Am I strong enough to make it Do people support me It s eas [...]

    4. First book finished in 2015 It took me about a month, though It was not captivating if I could tolerate long set asides The pauses usually followed some event that made me uneasy, like Jess s making a move on his employer s wife Does the reader have to like at least some character in it to really love a book I do The most likeable character in this book is Calyph, who could be seen be as the protagonist, though Jess, the narrator, gets so much ink he really has to be By the end of the book, we [...]

    5. Jess is a young man living in Michigan, getting his second college degree and writing music reviews, when an old friend from Portland lets him know that an up and coming pro basketball player named Calyph needs a chauffeur Despite having no real experience he takes the job when it s offered Chris Leslie Hynan s new novel Ride Around Shining begins with Jess being summoned to a party at his new boss s house to pick up his wife While there he brushes into an ice sculpture that crashes on Calyph s [...]

    6. First movement is really ace the swap of wrongings between Calyph the NBA player and Jess Iago functions as symbolism but also goes down easy as action Things gear up as a strange fraught friend zoning between Jess and Antonia Calyph s white wife develops Then things begin to sag The voice of Jess as narrator is intentionally stoned and opaque, which can be great generates nearly all of the novel s really crackling lines thoughts But for the majority of the time, Jess operates at such a weird re [...]

    7. One of the most well written debut novels you ll ever come across It s true that this book evokes Gatsby, and Othello, and probably some other famous stuff I haven t read and actually, I haven t read Othello I need to get on that , but it also stands alone as a compelling meditation on race and class and the American sports entertainment complex The strange motivations of our narrator, Jess, are not easily unpacked, nor are the motivations of the African American NBA players who grudgingly accep [...]

    8. While I thought this book was well written, it wasn t on any favorite list The issue is not with the book, it s about me The background story is about a basketball player who got injured and all the things he finds himself doing In reality, I guess it s about the individual who was hired to drive him around I m sure I would have been focused if the story had focused on an injured football player It is a good read and while not one of my favorites I would still recommend it to anyone, especial [...]

    9. win Will read and review once received.I was very happy when I received this book in the mail and couldn t wait to read it It was a short read I found myself not being able to put the book down I really loved the characters in this book I thought this book was interesting and at times strange It is something different then most books I have read I would recommend this book to people looking for something different and new.

    10. I received this book from the first reads program While being a well written and fast read, I was disenchanted by the content The main character is a manipulative, pathological liar with a superiority complex.

    11. The author has talent He is a great writer and really makes the characters leap off the page However, I found my attention waning many times The story line needed tightening up Recommended but took some patience and determination to get through.

    12. An attempt at a re telling of Othello poorly done that somehow manages to feel like a shoddy rendition of Gatsby I enjoyed the caricatures of pro athletes, but even so the strong voice of the main character.

    13. I won a free copy from the First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting I would recommend it to everyone.

    14. A nicely done novel I m giving it an extra star for taking a fresh and complex approach to the subject of modern race relations.

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