Karoo, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Oscar-winning writer Steve Tesich masterfully creates and destroys the sad, mad world of Saul Karoo.

Karoo is an alcoholic who can't get drunk, a loving father who can't bear to be alone with his son, a fixer of film scripts who admits that he ruins every one of them.

Calamity and comedy accompany Saul on his odyssey through sex, death and showbusiness as he seeks to 'fix' both a master director's greatest film and his own broken life at the same time.


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A sub-Martin Amis romp with an unsavoury character finally receiving his just rewards. Karoo has a problem - no matter how much he drinks he can no longer get drunk. Karoo has another problem - he is unscrupulous liar and terminally unreliable. A wonderfully sleazy novel about the LA film production scene but Tesich hasn't got the dazzling language skills of Amis. Instead I was aggravated from time to time with the thought that - you've already told me that. Nonetheless this a lively and absorbing read and well worth its four star recommendation.

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