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by Jacob M. Appel

Free eBook The Biology of Luck download ISBN: 0975374680
Author: Jacob M. Appel
Publisher: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc. (October 7, 2013)
Language: English
Pages: 220
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Literary
Size MP3: 1226 mb
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The Biology of Luck juxtaposes moments from Larry’s guided tour of New York City on the June day of his dream date .

This inventive structure weaves a highly imaginative love story across New York’s five boroughs. Provocative, funny and keenly observed, Appel’s imagined pilgrimage through the underbelly of Gotham will establish him as a bold new voice in contemporary American fiction. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The act of raising flowers, of trellising roses, of laying out begonia beds and watering window-box petunias, also the art of arrangement, of melting paraffin into silver vases, edging nosegays with. paper frills, weaving wreaths and chaplets, fashioning corsages and sprays, transforming isolated clippings into breathtaking mosaics-all of these endeavors bespeak the feminine

It is The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel. But Larry, too, has a stake in her future.

It is The Biology of Luck by Jacob M.

Jacob M. Appel (born February 21, 1973) is an American author, poet . The Biology of Luck (Elephant Rock, 2013). Jacob M Appel named as Dundee International Book Prize winner, The Courier, 9 January 2013. Rosenblum, Constance. Appel (born February 21, 1973) is an American author, poet, bioethicist, physician, lawyer and social critic. He is best known for his short stories, his work as a playwright, and his writing in the fields of reproductive ethics, organ donation, neuroethics and euthanasia. Appel's novel The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up won the Dundee. Scouting for the Reaper (Black Lawrence, 2014). Phoning Home (University of South Carolina Press, 2014).

Her lovers include one of the last underground members of the Weathermen and the dilettante heir to a lawn chair magnate.

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The Biology of Luck Oct 07, 2013. Both erudite and full-hearted, Appel recounts storylines ranging from a bout of unrequited love gone awry to the poignant romance of his grandparents. We learn of the crank phone calls he made to his own family, the conspicuous absence of Jell-O at his grandaunt’s house, and family secrets long believed buried.

Kate Duva of Word Riot wrote that Appel captures the essence of New York City and starts off well, but the large eccentric cast and lack of characterization for the main protagonists may leave some readers ambivalent.

Kate Duva of Word Riot wrote that Appel captures the essence of New York City and starts off well, but the large eccentric cast and lack of characterization for the main protagonists may leave some readers ambivalent It won the Beverly Hills Book Award for "literary fiction" in 2014 and was short-listed for the Hoffer Society's Montaigne Medal. Schultze, Emily (2013-12-19).

Odd-job queen Starshine Hart is about to go on somebody else’s perfect date. At 29, the usually carefree Starshine has realized that it is easier to start sleeping with a man than to stop. Her lovers include one of the last underground members of the Weathermen and the dilettante heir to a lawn chair magnate. Both men have staked their romantic future on her. Her only respite is her impending dinner with the nonthreatening but unattractive tour guide Larry Bloom. But Larry, too, has a stake in her future. He has written a book about their impending dinner in which he fantasizes about Starshine’s life on the day he wins her heart. Juxtaposing moments from Larry’s guided tour of New York City on the June day of his “dream date” with excerpts from the novel in which he imagines Starshine’s concurrent escapades, this inventive structure weaves a highly imaginative love story across all five boroughs. Provocative, funny, and keenly observed, an imagined pilgrimage through the underbelly of Gotham becomes a bold new voice in contemporary American fiction.
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Risteacor
Larry Bloom wrote a novel about the love of his life, submitted it to a publisher and is about to find out if it was accepted, while at the same time letting the woman know she *is* the love of his life.

A truly unique book (which is something I love) that is a novel within a novel. The story is told in the course of one day of Larry Bloom's life. The chapters alternate between the story of Larry's day and Larry's actual novel about Starshine, the woman he has fallen in love with. The book is engaging, clever, and runs the full gamut of emotions throughout. All the characters are interesting, while also being flawed. It was easy to relate to Larry, while at the same time thinking to myself "what are you doing, you dolt!?".

Appel has a unique ability to make you both love and hate his characters at the same time. You end up pulling for them, while also shaking your head at their blundering choices. They are pathetic at times, but you also end up having empathy for them. It's a great balancing act and shows his true talent. The story can be interpreted so many different ways, depending on if you are an optimist, pessimist or realist. His characters are real. As complex as the reader wants them to be, or as basic as they want them to be.

I'd recommend this to any literary fiction readers, fans of unique writing styles, and readers who like a good, solid, character driven, human drama. It really is a fantastic piece of work.
Vivaral
The elegant THE BIOLOGY OF LUCK is composed of two interconnected novellas that alternate chapters. When the novella is authored by Jacob M. Appel, the subject is the experiences and perceptions of Larry Bloom, an overqualified tour guide who is drawn to disasters and considers himself ugly. Larry is secretly in love with the beautiful but somewhat shallow Starshine Hart, who is already involved with two men. To win Starshine's love, Larry decides to write a novel that imagines her thoughts and activities on the day when he presents to her an unopened letter from a literary agency that is its reaction to his novel. Larry hopes that the scales will drop from Starshine's eyes when she learns about his book, which is entitled THE BIOLOGY OF LUCK, and that she will suddenly realize she loves him. Larry's novella, sort of a book within a book, is the second and alternating narrative of Appel's novel.

In a genial way, TBoL has a firm literary underpinning. The book, for example, is set in a lovely day in June, when Leopold... I mean Larry Bloom and Starshine take the reader on excursions in New York's five boroughs. Furthermore, there are clear references to Walt Whitman, whose powerful sense of the world's innate beauty is not unlike the late flowering beauty of Starshine. Meanwhile, Appel, imagining Larry at the Battery with passel of Dutch tourists, actually becomes wryly Whitman-esque.

"Everywhere surges the exhilaration of late morning, the scramble, the blitz, the frenetic maelstrom of unfilled orders and unfilled promises, the hailing of taxis, the quoting of prices, the leveraging of empires and the placement of lunch reservations and the determined trampling of the morning's ticker-tape that precedes the great tsunami, noon, when for a fleeting instance the city takes stock of itself, cataloging what has been accomplished and what may still be accomplished...."

Melville, another New Yorker, is also a reference point.

"Melville is Larry's proper graven image. Nearsighted, homely, infirm Melville, the patron saint of the underappreciated, scribbling away at his custom house desk through indigence, through ignominy, through the premature loss of his sons, denied both acclaim in life and eulogy in death."

Nonetheless, the engine of this book may well be Ziggy Borasch, who advised Larry on his incomplete dissertation, "The Fire Last Time: Public Disaster and Private Response in New York City, 1869-1914."Why so? First, TBoL is a book with elegant sentences. And it is the life's work of the eccentric Borasch to write "the great American sentence." Secondly, Borasch drives this book because his academic expertise lies in the field of coincidence, where he has written the unreadable "Fate, Fluke, and Happenstance." And in TBoL, coincidence abounds. Usually, I consider coincidence a failing in a novel, since it indicates the author couldn't pull a solution out of his or her narrative. But Appel absolutely embraces coincidence, in the manner of, well, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. And his use of coincidence is delightful and ingenious.

TBoL is not a perfect book. It is difficult, after all, to fall into the Hudson from the parapet of Castle Clinton. (Or did I misread?) But Appel compensates for this with a charming map of New York City, which helps readers visualize the peregrinations of Larry and Starshine in New York on a beautiful June day. This map, BTW, is not unlike the map of Yoknapatawpha County in The Portable Faulkner (Penguin Classics).

Highly recommended.
Centrizius
Wonderful writing and compelling characters that make you stop and think about self-image, the power and burden of beauty, and the the complexities of modern romance.
Jwalextell
In a word, masterful. This guy really knows his stuff in terms of pacing and plotting, and the characterization is flawless. Instead of being overt, emotional depth sort of sneaks up on you until you realize you're heavily invested. He does that thing where the city is its own character, which I usually find superfluous in a novel, but here he seamlessly weaves it into the voice of the characters and the effect is impressive. In the language of ebay: A+++, would buy from again.
Kanrad
One of the most entertaining reads ever. Reminds me of Robbins and Boyle and Davies with wacko but lovable characters and a unique and engaging authorial voice. Energized me for the writing of my next novel!
Kipabi
Is all I can say about this book. And the fact that it is, is what I love about it. The prose and characters in this book are bold and wacky. It's basically about a day in the life of two people. One, a lonely misfortune tour guide, who has received a long awaited letter about a book he has written for a woman he had fallen in love with....the other, that woman, while riding around New York on her bike, has everyone she meets falling in love with her, despite the fact she wants nothing to do with love. The day that follows them both, before they meet for dinner that evening, is full of somewhat bizarre people...quirky mishaps and heartfelt self discoveries. The comedy had me laughing out loud one minute....then then sorrow had me near tears the next Will read more of this authors works!