• April 25, 2019

“Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles” is the story of a writer’s desperate love for Emma Zielinski and the spectacularly bad decisions that cause him to. A bold, arresting new work of fiction from the acclaimed author of Everything Matters! and the forthcoming novel The One-Eyed Man (March ) In this. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles. Ron Currie, Jr. Viking; pp. Reviewed by Amanda Holmes Duffy; March 11, Loss, love and the line between truth and.

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Book review: ‘Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles,’ by Ron Currie Jr.

She used him and then she left him. Sep 17, Liam rated it it was amazing. A smudge of self-loathing. This might be called a “quasi-memoir. I ordered it on amazon and discovered, to my dismay, that it had not been released yet and I would have to wait a month for it!

I was already laughing halfway through this disclaimer so his encouragement to keep turning pages was unnecessary. Scripted reality TV shows, wildly popular yet more artificial than the wildest fictions, perhaps illustrate this duality better than any other medium. The best thing about Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is that the author takes you along with him on his wild flights of the mind, but always comes back to his comforting touchstones whenever he gets too close to the sun.

Fiction, Currie tells us, does not tell us how much he loves his Emma. Because he chooses to stay dead and goes into hiding in a lonely outpost on the Sinai Peninsula, working simple jobs and forsaking his past. The subject matter is mostly melancholy, but the there is a playful manner in the storytelling and the non-serious use of some meta-fiction conventions that make this sort of a depressing beach-read kind of novel for people who like say, DFW or Ben Marcus.

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Instead of the book he was writing, he creates this… sort of a fictional memoir, something that challenges the reader to think about the truth in fiction, in the flimys, and in the larger scope of our lives.

As one might expect, his return enrages those who have fallen in love with the legend of his lovelorn suicide, and so, even though his book was marketed as a novel and even though he had nothing to do with any of it, he finds himself under attack for having defrauded readers.


Currie wrote about this situation beautifully, he was sweet, self destructive, devoted, damaged, intelligent and emotional and IN LOVE–amongst many other things. The Hotel New Hampshire. Her latest short story will appear in the issue of Northern Virginia Review. But, that’s not my only reason for loathing this thing. Or between the book you hold in your hands and the novel embedded in it? The third major theme of the novel comes in the form of Currie’s thoughts on the singularity, the moment at which machines develop a mind of their own.

This is someone who came out on the other side of “what fiction is” with his sense of humor intact. Feb 26, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I also found it kind of Nov 27, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Books Book review: I guess I’m a sucker for love stories told from the perspective of a man loving a woman who doesn’t love him back with the same kind of fervor.

The girl needs some space so she sends the boy off to a small island in the Caribbean, where the boy drinks and fights and ruins his life, and ultimately fakes his own death. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is an existential crisis and a troublesome love story wrapped together with musings on truth and Singularity the concept of machines developing I never know quite how to respond to uber-postmodern novels, with the blurred lines between author and character, the unreliability of the narrators embroiled in identity crises.

It is fair to say what this story changed my life. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is an existential crisis and a troublesome love story wrapped together with musings on truth and Singularity the concept of machines developing consciousness.

I didn’t love it to death, but I did think it worth reading-it was intelligent, and insightful and like I said before, I’m a sucker for a love story with an independent woman and unhappy ending. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This was one of those random, unexpected, brilliant reads I just love!! This book bounces from narrative about fllimsy relationship with Emma the object of his undying loveflashbacks to the long, slow death of his father who was, in the protagonist’s view, a “real” man that he could never live up toand discussions on the idea of the Singularity Google it.


However, I ended plasgic liking it in spite of all the weirdness. Jan 12, Roxane rated it it was ok. I really didn’t care for this book.

Book review: ‘Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles,’ by Ron Currie Jr. –

Amanda Holmes Duffy is a fiction writer who blogs at www. Mourning the death of his father and trying to get over a split with his lover, Emma, Currie moves to a Caribbean island to write. Emma has thrown him away, because she wants to find herself.

Getting through it might mean that you take yourself away from those people who love you. Currie’s protagonist finds himself in a similar situation, and halfheartedly tries to explain that veracity plaetic no impact on meaning, and thus the value of a story remains the same whether it’s fact or fiction.

His father has died of cancer. Nearly everything he does, at least for the first two-thirds of the book, can be read as an attempt to achieve authenticity through the physical: It’s written in first person, and he refers to himself as an author which is kinda funny, since this IS a novel which by definition makes it fiction.

Jan 28, Pages. And yet he gets off easy. You found it heartfelt and moving and lithle all honest. To understand the culture inlook to Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. Sometimes the text will bleed over to the next page, but the way the novel is structured seemed to propel me forward. Finally I got it, aaaand read thru it in about a day. There is that flimwy going on. I think the novel is highly original and now I muracles want to hang out with Ron and do some major drinking.

He mentions that he had conversations with his three sisters, so he plasstic women!!!! The writing is solid within separate paragraphs, but the transitions from one subject to another have no rhyme nor reason.