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The Russian Debutante's Handbook By Gary Shteyngart The Russian Debutante s Handbook Vladimir is a young Russian American immigrant whose capitalist dreams and desire for a girlfriend lead him off the straight and narrow into uncharted territory
  • Title: The Russian Debutante's Handbook
  • Author: Gary Shteyngart
  • ISBN: 9780747568193
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Russian Debutante's Handbook By Gary Shteyngart Vladimir is a young Russian American immigrant whose capitalist dreams and desire for a girlfriend lead him off the straight and narrow into uncharted territory.
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    1. Gary Shteyngart

      Gary Shteyngart is an American writer born in Leningrad, USSR he alternately calls it St Leningrad or St Leninsburg Much of his work is satirical and relies on the invention of elaborately fictitious yet somehow familiar places and times.His first novel, The Russian Debutante s Handbook 2002 , received the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award.

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    1. 1.99 today.Shetyngart s debut novel is pretty funny Vladimir Girshin, is lovable and comical as a Russian Jewish immigrant are all the characters Even the characters you don t like are so stereotyped you begin to like them too Tongue and cheek stabs at political parties, and different nationalities Guilty pleasure reading If you like Philip Roth and other Shteyngart books no reason you wouldn t enjoy this too when you re in the mood for a walk on the crazy wacky side


    2. From the back of the book Breezily hilarious New York Magazine Blisteringly funny Salon Remarkable New York Observer As funny and wicked as Waugh Time Brilliant Harper s Bazaar Terrifically charming Vanity Fair A wholly original delight Entertainment Weekly Energetic, sparkling Los Angeles Times Not to be missed The Wall Street JournalReally Seriously Is it possible that this book is the author s own Cagliostro Is it possible that all the lovers of this book it won the Stephen Crane First Fictio [...]


    3. I loved the language in this book the weird, fresh phrases and the author s obvious fascination with English words, their sound and their usage This seems to be a common thread in books by smart Russian Eastern European men writing in English, though I haven t read enough of these authors to make a reliable generalization The language was enough to carry me pretty far, but I felt that there wasn t much to this book than that The beginning was excellent when Vladimir is working at a crappy desk [...]


    4. this was awesome and clever and hilarious i described it to someone as hipster nabokov, which might sound off putting, there are parts that are SO clever and witty and hip that it verges close to making you start to hate it for its cleverness, but in the end it managed to keep me on its side it was also witty enough to make me do really dorky things like transcribe a couple lines i liked here they be Real humor is not supposed to be funny, Baobab said It s supposed to be tragic, like the Marx Br [...]


    5. This book was a hoot Shteyngart has a wonderful sense of the absurd, and his penchant for eccentric characters is the main selling point of this romp in New York and an Eastern European city that has all the chaotic vibrancy and despair of any city emerging from behind the Iron Curtain Well worth it.


    6. I feel like I ve been reading a different book toeveryone else Satire of hipsters maybe for about 10 pages, the rest just descended into the comic failures of Vladimir in the crime world I was literally forcing myself to read up to certain pages, so in the end I quit To be honest, I was turned off from the very first nine pages which were full of people saying how good the book was If the book is so good, why does it need that Very suspiciousI m so disappointed, I have been wanting to read this [...]


    7. I read Gary Shteyngart s debut novel at fever pitch because I started it late for a reading group discussion Fever pitch was the correct approach it matches the pace of the story.In the grand tradition of immigrant novels, Vladimir Girshkin is a young man of Russian descent adrift in a sea of confusion He works at an immigrant resettlement agency in New York City, making non profit wages His girlfriend is a dominatrix by night, his father is an MC who scams Medicare, and his mother well I never [...]


    8. i found this tome to be funbut vladimir girshkin is so unsympathetic a character, i found it difficult to really enjoy i get the feeling that i m supposed to see him as a farce, or a transatlantic everyman who happens to have amazing adventures.ly i just see him as shallow and afraid i particularly loathe the judgmental inner monologues, wherein he weighs people s coolness quotients by just how high they rank on the douchebag scale.i know it s supposed to be satire i ve just met too many people [...]


    9. The Russian Debutante s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart is a humorous fantasy about a Russian immigrant who is trying to find himself, and usually finds himself in hot water The hero narrator is one Vladimir Girshkin, who finds himself in a dead end job and an unsatisfying relationship He dreams for something better, but the advice of his friends leads him, on one hand, to Florida, where he infuriates a Catalan mobster by refusing to be his catamite Then on the advice of a highly suspect Russian nam [...]


    10. As a former expatriate myself, I found this book to be comforting both in content and style Being displaced in a foreign country is very amusing after the initial shock and confusion, the new country s idiosynchrasies clashing with your own The reverse culture shock in coming back to the U.S after being an expat in Europe is even interesting than the original displacement, and this is observed and described in great detail and aptitude.


    11. A knowledgeable Russian lazing around in the grass, sniffing clover and munching on boysenberries, expects that at any minute the forces of history will drop by and discreetly kick him in the ass A knowledgeable Jew in a similar position expects history to spare any pretense and kick him directly in the face A Russian Jew knowledgeable or not , however, expects both history and a Russian to kick him in the ass, the face, and every other place where a kick can be reasonably lodged Vladimir unders [...]


    12. I found a dusty copy of this book lying unattended to on my mother s bookshelf, sandwiched between Updike and Dickens, believe it or not I believe what drew me in was a blurb on the back comparing Shtyngart to Saul Below.Indeed, the plot is analogous to The Adventures of Augie March and in fact, I think there are a couple of allusions to that great novel in Shtyngart s novel , but if you go into this one looking for something akin to the beauty and flawlessness of Bellow s prose, you ll be disap [...]


    13. I bought this for 25 cents at a yard sale, and what a score that was Steyngart s humor bubbles up naturally from the ground, only fully carbonated and lime flavored I ve seldom read a novel that gets underway so fast He hits you right away with a barrage of breezy, antic, cutting observations, all cleverly slotted within a breakneck plot For relief from the pace, the narrator has a wistful and weary side and there s an undercurrent of geopolitical awareness to also help temper the hyperactivity [...]


    14. Four and a half stars.Highly funny, and as for the audiobook, Rider Strong which is an awesome name read it really well In a part where they hire some DJ for their new super pretentious dance club where horse tranquilizers are the new cocaine, as he is getting off the plane he yells, MC Paavo in de haus In de pan European hood Got de Helsinki beat y all can t fuck wif His accent was so hilarious that I kept rewinding to hear it again.I want to make it my new ring tone.


    15. Hmm I think I might have enjoyed this book far less had I not been thrown into the former U.S.S.R born immigrant community in Chicago for the brief period of time that I was This book deals with all that interests me so much in that community the courage to immigrate in the first place, the idealized American dream, the social disconnect that exists once immigrants arrive, the longing for for home, the misunderstanding of america, and the ultimate american question what do you do when you re dow [...]


    16. I feel like I went on a date with this guy that everybody said I would totally love, and I don t want to be rude or anything but I m really having a not fun evening with him, I don t get the appeal, he seems like pretty much every other self absorbed type telling his long long and not very interesting story OH DOES YOUR MOTHER EXPECT TOO MUCH SUCCESS FROM YOU HOW SPECIAL AND UNIQUE TELL ME MORE , and I realized around page 250 out of 400 or so that as the book is not a human being it is not at a [...]


    17. I really loved this book It is hilarious I was laughing out loud from the first chapter Set in the 1990s in New York City, the book is essentially a satire on hipster culture I love it for that reason alone But the story is good too I d offer a summary but I think it s difficult to explain without spoilers All I can say is the story is a lot of fun Definitely recommend it


    18. I had pretty high expectations going into reading The Russian Debutante s Handbook I read Super Sad True Love Story over the summer, and thought that Shteyngart s writing in it was witty and direct, and his character development deeply humanizing Lenny Abramov, the protagonist of Super Sad True Love Story, expresses his feelings so strongly and outwardly that it s hard not to sympathize and identify with him If Shteygart s writing style were to be relatively constant between books then The Russi [...]


    19. Somewhere in the middle of this book I wanted to hate it For reasons unrelated to the book Or the authorial style Or the story I just fell sick Deep into the night, while the world around me was quietly asleep, I walked in and out of my room It s 3 Now its 4 And shall it be 6 or 7 when the light is adequate When Nairobi rises from its slumber This pain So terrible Perhaps I shouldn t say where, in my mortal body, the pain racked,scaring the shit off me Easy to loose your body Don t stuff it with [...]


    20. Shteyngart s first novel works best as an evocation of 90s America and Americans, both at home and abroad Narrator Vladimir Girshkin spills as much ink analyzing Americans and expats as immigrants, and his views are always insightful and humorous The plot serviceably moves this incisive outsider from parties in New York to clubs in Prava Prague to, memorably, the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial, but his evolution from stilted bureaucrat to Machiavellian con artist comes across as a pleasant contriva [...]


    21. My ultimate credo A story becomes literature when it transcends its genre When it can seduce almost any reader, regardless of its plot, because the characters are so well crafted, the writing is seamlessly poetic, and nimble comedy keeps any tragedy from taking itself too seriously Shteyngart s novel exceeds these expectations, having entranced a reader who previously found every mafia tale she d ever encountered supremely nauseating While a few classic features of mobster fiction can be found s [...]


    22. IF YOU RE GOING TO WRITE ABOUT PRAGUE, WRITE ABOUT PRAGUE don t change a few letters, change a few names, turn alfonse mucha into someone else, but continue to refer to kafka as if you re forgetting this is supposed to be an imaginary place what is this, CRACKED magazine yes, i said CRACKED not even MAD material, here.i wouldn t mind this annoyance if the book hadn t made me crazy in other ways i can t stop reading a book if i m far enough in, and unfortunately i didn t realize i hated this unti [...]


    23. My first Shteyngart, and I really enjoyed it I thoroughly enjoyed the humor, wordplay, and commentary on WASPy America I liked that the whole nebbishy Jew trope was inverted by the main character becoming an outlaw Eastern European gangster It did feel a bit frenetic and disconnected at times many, especially his various lovers, seemed to be discarded without resolution throughout the book , but that could have been the fact that I listened to this on audiobook at 2x speed read by Rider Strong, [...]


    24. I m currently reading this and laughing out loud every ten minutes and wishing I could write dialog like this But I can t Okay I finished it and loved it but like many a debut novel, it petered out at the end It s like I m not sure how to end this thing so I ll throw every idea I have out there The scenes with whipping the Groundhog in the Banya made me laugh and laugh and I have to sadly admit, I saw some of my self in the pretentious Americans hanging around in Prava Would that I could date a [...]


    25. THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE S HANDBOOK 2002 Gary ShteynbartI remember seeing this book in bookstores when it was first published, and thinking it might be worth a look see Then I forgot about it I came across it again when it was cited in a recent book devoted to Jewish Humor see earlier blurb The author of the humor book used this novel as a good example of Jewish humor in the context of a saga of a young man discovering himself but in the presence of inappropriate role models This is one long series [...]


    26. I m giving this book 4 stars because of its relevance to what s happening today concerning Russia This is the third novel I ve read recently that gave a picture of modern Russia and the feelings of its populace towards America, including those of immigrants The other two books were one written by a Laotian, and Jim Webb s Lost Soldiers, which I already wrote about, and they only touched on the topic Though the Handbook is a tongue in cheek adventure story about a young immigrant and his entrance [...]


    27. Ten years after its publication, I wonder if any of the critics who breathed hot steam all over The Russian Debutante s Handbook now have morning after second thoughts Because I don t see where Shteyngart s first novel tops Saul Bellow s for bounce and Philip Roth s for wit Not even close.Granted, it s got all the properties of hot commodity literary fiction It s tidily crafted and smoothly written, an easy read and occasionally clever It delivers chuckles but not a single revelation There s no [...]


    28. Gary Shteyngart revels in the absurd Whether it is in Super Sad True Love Story, or, in this case, The Russian Debutante s Handbook, Shteyngart has an eye for the ridiculous.In The Russian Debutante s Handbook the story follows Vladimir Girshkin, the only son of Russian immigrants, as he navigates life in New York City Having moved from Leningrad St Petersburg at the age of twelve, Vladimir has romanticized life in eastern Europe and is trying to balance his heritage with the culture of the Unit [...]


    29. The book I read last week was first time novelist Gary Shteyngart s The Russian Debutante s Handbook, which my father purchased for me presumably because the back of the cover says it s as deadpan and funny as the young Evelyn Waugh and that Shteyngart has given us a literary symbol for this new immigrant age, much as Saul Bellow or Henry Roth did in theirs Luckily, these pronouncements are true You can hear Bellow in sentences like, She turned away from him, and he was left to stare into the st [...]


    30. I may have enjoyed this one if I had read it first out of Gary Shteyngart s novels As his first novel, he s working on perfecting his standard plot and characters an awkward, nerdy, slightly unattractive thirty something Eastern European immigrant man going after an appealing, yet damaged woman who s out of his league, and works for a large, evil corporation abroad preferably in an unstable former Soviet region to gain power and respect Write what you know, eh I would suggest skipping this one [...]


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