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by WILLY VLAUTIN

  • ISBN: 0571235727
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  • Author: WILLY VLAUTIN
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: FABER AND FABER; Main edition (2010)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • FB2 size: 1756 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
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Willy Vlautin (born 1967) is an American author, musician and songwriter. He was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Portland, Oregon rock band Richmond Fontaine (1994-2016) and is currently a member of The Delines. Born and raised in Reno,.

Willy Vlautin (born 1967) is an American author, musician and songwriter. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he has released eleven studio albums since the mid nineties with Richmond Fontaine while he has written five novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, The Free and Don’t Skip Out On Me.

Willy Vlautin's third novel, Lean on Pete. and was Hot Press Book of the Year. Adapted to the big screen, Lean on Pete is set for release in 2018. Press for Lean on Pete.

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Lean on Pete a novel Willy Vlautin Dedication For Lee Epigraph It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would. It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth.

Lean on Pete is the story of a boy and his horse, but it is never heart-warming – it ranges in. .But if you want an unadorned portrait of American life (at least in some places) at the beginning of the 21st century, this is the book for you.

Lean on Pete is the story of a boy and his horse, but it is never heart-warming – it ranges in tone from desperate to merely painful – and, while fascinating, it is never entertaining or redemptive. Charley, the narrator and protagonist, is a 15-year-old boy with a dream or two. As a freshman in high school, he showed enough talent to be allowed to play on the football team, and his ambition is to carry on doing that.

Willy Vlautin’s award-winning novel Lean on Pete, a moving and compassionate story about a fifteen-year old-boy's unlikely connection to a failing racehorse as he struggles to find a place to call home-now a major motion picture from A24, the studio behind Moonlight and Lady.

Willy Vlautin’s award-winning novel Lean on Pete, a moving and compassionate story about a fifteen-year old-boy's unlikely connection to a failing racehorse as he struggles to find a place to call home-now a major motion picture from A24, the studio behind Moonlight and Lady Bird, starring Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, with Travis Fimmel and Steve Buscemi, and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking). Lean on Pete riveted me. Reading it, I was heartbroken and moved; enthralled and convinced. This is serious American literature.

Willy Vlautin is a novelist and singer/songwriter for Richmond Fontaine. Thanks to John Cleere and the Book Centre in Waterford for hosting a reading for Willy before The Delines sold out gig at St. Patrick’s. 29 September at 18:24 ·.

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Reviews about Lean On Pete (7):
Irostamore
I came across this book because an author I enjoy reading and follow on Goodreads had read it for his book club and really enjoyed it. Prior to that, I had never heard of it before. That is how I find out about a lot of great books though – reviews by others on Goodreads. Anyone can find out about books on the best seller list but reviews and recommendations by others introduce me to many more wonderful books, new and old.

This novel is about a 15 year old who is pretty much on his own – he doesn’t know his mother and his father is never around. Throw in the fact that his father moves him around fairly often and therefore doesn’t have friends to lean on, he is truly raising himself. He finds friendship at a local race track in an aging horse named Lean on Pete. After a tragic event leaves him completely alone, he starts a journey to find the only other relative he knows – his aunt that he hopes still lives in Wyoming because that is where he is heading. At times the journey seems a little repetitive in what he encounters, but overall a very good story.

Although this is a coming of age story and some consider it YA, I don’t think some of the content is suited for tweens or younger teens. I consider this more for the older YA crowd.
Ganthisc
Willy Vlautin writes about common folk on the edge of the human condition who don’t have much going for them. He tells their story in a style that is certainly not elegant but still creates intense interest and empathy. In “Lean on Pete” he tells of a fifteen-year old boy whose life is a procession of missteps that no boy that young should have to suffer through. A horse becomes his only source of pleasure in a world of distress.

Charley Thompson lives with his worthless father who tries to raise him as best he can, although Charley really doesn’t need him because the boy is immensely self-sufficient and resourceful. Although he has to misbehave in order to eat or try to get some sleep, his sense of responsibility haunts him when he has to steal or lie. The little bit of money his father tosses him before going missing for weeks on end doesn’t last long and he struggles to exist. He cries a lot, not a surprise because he is still just a boy, but is indicative of his distress.

Charley finds a job at a run-down racetrack doing odd jobs for a worthless promoter, Del Montgomery, who has a string of nags who don’t win much money and create a constant drag on his scanty resources. Lean on Pete, a five-year old quarter horse that’s the best of the lot gets special attention from Charley and the animal captures the boy’s heart like nothing else ever has. The boy schemes and steals to indulge the horse then discovers that Montgomery has decided to sell it to a Mexican kill factory for dog food, glue, or whatever. After a drunk beats Charley’s father to death, Charley has no one to care for him and, desperate to save his only friend, he steals Del’s run-down truck and horse trailer, loads up Pete, and sets out to find an aunt last known to have lived in Wyoming.

The truck craps out in the desert, and Charley and Pete are forced to hoof it. The route is long, tough, and painful. Food and water are scarce. The terrain is unforgiving to their legs and feet. The people encountered are devious and dangerous. Their journey becomes a desperate trek that the author describes in lean and realistic prose.

The language in this book is coarse, the life is revolting, the characters have no redeeming qualities, and Vlautin lays it all out in riveting detail. The underlying grief is palpable and the desperation of each minute hangs heavy over the entire story. It’s not a pretty tale that many readers will find to be too unsavory, but I (warning) think the ending provides an acceptable answer for Charley’s distress and, although unconventional, some relief to the reader.

Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
Freaky Hook
This is a very readable and vivid story about a teenage boy that ultimately finds himself on his own. Although I enjoyed it throughout, the grit really kicks into high gear about a third of the way into the story, when Charley (the teenager) is thrown onto his own resources, and the book became very hard for me to put down thereafter.

Taken in isolation, Charley acts (and reacts) very believably in most respects; he exhibits occasional fits of a lack of planning that one might expect from a typical teenager, although he does cope well and is resourceful. His instinctive mistrust of others at key points in his tale is hard to fault, although one wonders where that came from.

The main hitch in the picture being painted is that Charley does very little that can be nakedly condemned as bad, even the one outstanding thematic episode involving the horse (Pete). Fortunately, it is not difficult to suspend disbelief, thanks to the writer’s skill in telling the story.

I found the other characters in the book quite well painted and believable, and I actually cared about and was curious about what happened to some of them. The story does not concern itself with the others after their intersections with Charley’s orbit pass.

Some reviewers found this unremittingly depressing, but there are quite a few people Charley interacts with along the way that give him a pretty fair shake, and he actually experiences less badness than one might expect a homeless teen to encounter.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and believe the coming movie will be great, if done right.

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