Waterloo

Waterloo Nick Lasseter is in a slump as a reporter for the Waterloo Weekly and in every other part of his life as well When he grudgingly agrees to write a piece about a rising female Republican legislator h

  • Title: Waterloo
  • Author: Karen Olsson
  • ISBN: 9780312425593
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nick Lasseter is in a slump as a reporter for the Waterloo Weekly, and in every other part of his life as well When he grudgingly agrees to write a piece about a rising female Republican legislator, he stumbles onto a political fight in which the good guys and bad guys start to seem interchangeable And not even the deceased can be relied upon to stick to their stories wNick Lasseter is in a slump as a reporter for the Waterloo Weekly, and in every other part of his life as well When he grudgingly agrees to write a piece about a rising female Republican legislator, he stumbles onto a political fight in which the good guys and bad guys start to seem interchangeable And not even the deceased can be relied upon to stick to their stories when Nick gets involved with a political insider As they search the dim depths of a civic past that s anything but dead and buried, they find that some things never change things like the moral ambiguity of practical politics and the sad, hilarious cluelessness of young men in love.Bittersweet and biting, elegiac and sharply observed, Waterloo is a portrait of a generation in search of itself and a love letter to the slackers, rockers, hustlers, hacks, and hangers on who populate Austin, Texas from a formidable new intelligence in American fiction.

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    1. This was a perfectly enjoyable book about a few slackers in Austin, Texas, involved in minor goings-on. It fits into the ever-expanding ranks of clever, biting novels written by disillusioned former reporters. (I actually didn't bother to check if Olsson is a journalist, but her description of a reporter begrudgingly doing a job whose luster is worn off is so true-to-type that it's hard to imagine that she hadn't had that feeling first-hand." Aside from doing a nice send-up of reporters, Waterlo [...]

    2. Tyler said he didn't think he would like this book because it bothers him how people fetishize Austin. People do that, and you can't do anything about it because those people are very self-effacing about it. Everyone likes being here, though it's a badge of a lack of motivation. This seems like very old news to me, and I've only been here three years.Not a lot happens in this book, and you think about that as you are 1/4, 2/5, 3/7, 5/6 of the way through it. "Nothing much else is going to happen [...]

    3. There are very few novels about Austin, Texas, and so I had to read this one. Author has a solid political writing background and so I thought it would be interesting. It turned out to be a slow read, in a good way, think Virgin Suicides. I wasn't that interested in the small-town politics in the end. I wasn't too drawn into the love story either. But I did like the nostalgic depcition of old Austin (been here 1976-now). Love the depiction of the old bar buddies/shark circle getting together to [...]

    4. I had this on my Around the USA shelf to read for Texas, but it just wasn't anything I cared to go back to after reading 100 pages. I think if I wanted to write an interesting novel about Austin I'd focus on the people in the fringe, not the politics and journalists. I'm reading another Texas book that might do the trick.

    5. This is the best book about Austin that I've read. It captures our town's peculiar charms, its gradual transformation into a more sprawling and less appealing place, and the people who found their way here and could never leave.The storytelling reminds me a little bit of some Larry McMurtry's All My Friends Are Going to be Strangers, and perhaps a little bit of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity. These characters are all a little too lazy and perhaps a little too myopic to figure out how to get what th [...]

    6. As someone who lived five years in Austin, I looked forward to reading a book that would bring back some of that experience. It does capture the rapidly disappearing aspects of the city through the eyes of several people watching it slip away. The characters each represent the old era-an old liberal politician, possibly reminiscent of Sen. Ralph Yarborough in the broadest since, and Nick, the exhausted and put upon reporter for an alternative daily, and his uncle Bones, who uncomfortably straddl [...]

    7. I borrowed this book from one of the author's sisters. Karen has a facility with language that I admire, clever quips and explanations of a certain status quo malaise that hangs over Waterloo/Austin. She frustrates my expectations of plot development, but I admire this, as the usual narrative arc is an expectation I want frustrated. Must there always be character changes and dramatic epiphanies? Things change in a slower slightly sadder pace which reflects real life better. It's a portrait of a [...]

    8. HmOccasionally, I appreciated Karen Olsson's insights into the essence of this city I used to know so well and loved deeply. But I can't say that I enjoyed this book or much about the many characters populating its pages. It all feels tired and airless to me. Not sad-- more like non-existent. People wandering aimlessly through mired old political chasms and meaningless relationships. It's dry like an Austin drought, true, but what's the point?

    9. Had to read/write about this for one of my blowoff classes that I'm taking basically just so I can graduate without doing any real work. This was hilariously sub-Pynchon bullshit that had no real feeling of finality at the end but I mean I read it in a day and it's about Austin so it wasn't too aggravating.Actual line: "Bye, you guys," Roger said derisively after they had gone. "Hey, have you all heard the new Radiohead?" *chapter ends*

    10. If you're feeling any Austin nostalgia, you should read this. It's a thinly veiled account of Texas politics, set in Austin. Oh, I mean "Waterloo". I thought it was very good, but I may have been swayed by the fact that I was living in Hollywood at the time I read it and really, really wanted to go home.

    11. an enjoyable contemporary book set in Austin TX (by way of the fictional town "Waterloo"). I expected more plot development (but not grisham style epicness or anything!), but it wasn't really the point of the book (or the characterisation of the city for that matter). The characters were the book's real strengths, not the political happenings which sort of fizzled out to me.

    12. Olsen captures Austin, in broad strokes and in the details, the people and locations. The story isn't grand, but it's realistic in its scale and pace, meandering like life in Austin does. I won't read this again, and would be unlikely to push it on anyone, but I was glad enough that I read it.

    13. This book will appeal most of all to those residents (or former residents) of Austin, TX who remember what it was like before everyone and their mother discovered how cool Austin is. I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did, but the characterization is very strong and, while there might be a few too many plotlines, overall this book was quite enjoyable.

    14. This is a local favorite. Waterloo is well-written and I love that it captures all the great Austin stuff- politics, music, bars and funny slackers. It's an easy read- reminds me of a Nick Hornsby. For the best-of Austin-lit, read it with "The Gay Place."

    15. Didn't finish. Sarcastic look at politics in "Waterloo" otherwise known as Austin. Didn't really like any of the characters, so didn't care if anyone got gumption and did something. Don't know if knowledge of Austin political players matters.

    16. It's an inside glimpse at the world of small-town politics and the journalists who cover them. Just like my life! It was great, even if the end was a bit unendlike. I can't complain. The writing is great and stylish, and the characters are simply real.

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