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Preview — Sumbarine by Joe Dunthorne. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad subnarine quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command—not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination—in order to put things right again.

Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment. Hardcoverpages. Published March 25th by Random Submarne first published January 1st To see what your dunthlrne thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Submarineplease sign up.

What would you say the recommended age of this book? See 2 questions about Submarine…. Lists with This Book. Feb 25, Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: Ever wondered what it would be like if Wes Anderson got drunk on vodka and watched the entire box set of The Inbetweeners in one night?

Aah, and herein lies the conundrum. This could have gone either way and I think I knew this risk b Ever wondered what it would be like if Wes Anderson got drunk on vodka and watched the entire box uoe of The Inbetweeners in one night?

This could have gone either way and I think I knew this risk before I started this book. I am nothing if not a risk taker. Did I enjoy this book? Duhthorne I laugh at this book?

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I barked like a seal a few times, so yes, again… very much so. Is it a bit vile and vulgar and is there lots of graphic sex and fumblings? Dunthornd imaginary submzrine would be about lots of excellent things from films to music, to whether it would make him uncomfortable if I touched his hairI really, really enjoyed it.

This is exactly what happened with Submarine. I battled well ok, maybe battled is getting a bit giddy with the decision to whether I should class this as young adult. Plus, classing this book as YA would make it infinitely cooler because YA fiction is all the rage right now and all the indie kids read it and pretend they liked it before it got famous.

If we had gone to high school with each other I would have watched him cautiously from behind my ill-advised fringe and think that he was odd and trouble. I loved seeing the world through his xubmarine spectacles.

I would say osculate. The only gripe I had with this book is that I wish certain parts had been explored more in depth. Hiding Tonight by Alex Turner. Actually, that um… joke would have been funnier if this song had been written for this story. Also um… with regards to Welsh Week.

This review is part of Wythnos Submariine Welsh Week. Also it submarien with a snazzy film review. View all 17 comments. Aug 07, Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it Shelves: This was such a strange, wonderful book.

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View all 3 comments. Jan 02, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok Shelves: One of those few cases where the film is much better than the book. Well, I’m not much of a fan of pervy sex jokes or fart jokes, and at least the film spares viewers of those for the most part. The book had a number of lines that made absolutely no sense, trying so hard to be obscure and intelligent that it failed to get to any sort of point.

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It has its moments of true humor and good wri One of those few cases where the subarine is much better than the book. It has its moments of true humor and good writing, a few good quotes here and there, but mostly it was just overly bizarre, and not in a good way. Things I’ve learned from Submarine I planned to listbut I got tired of the game rather fast: A kind of Narnia. Out in the bay, the Cork ferry may look like civilization but it probably contains at least one person vomiting.

Some of these may be made up words, but I didn’t care enough one way or another to check up on them. Ollie, the 15 y. He is, of course, also self-obssessed ‘Why don’t we talk about me? It’s a generational thing I guess, and the fact that I don’t appreciate the toilet humour, the vomiting and the farts and the general ickiness submarind the presentation makes me an old-fart in the eyes of the younger generation.

The novel aspires to such lofty ideals. Olliver is the Swansea translation of the angsty, smart, sensitive teenager who hides his vulnerability by lashing out at the people around him.

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After the first couple of chapters, I was captivated by the humour and the style of presentation, but the story got old quite fast when I realized that’s all there is to it – more style than substance and too much reliance on being shocking and trending ‘s Yuppie style. I believe there are some serious pacing issues and the novel goes on too long, especially for those readers who become disenchanted with the first person narrator.

I saw the movie before reading the book, and the same thing happened there: I loved the first half hour, and then fell asleep when it kept going nowhere in the next five hours I know the movie is shorter than that, but that’s how it felt.

That’s not to say other readers will not be more susceptible to the charms of Ollie and his brand of humour.

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne

I thought the girls in the book where well rendered, both the pyromaniac Jordana and the bullied Eve. I also think some of the issues of bullying in school, communication between generations and the way parent marital troubles reflect on the sanity of the children are worthy subjects of analysis. And I believe Joe Dunthorne has it in him to be a great modern writer. Here’s a last quote to illustrate both that he can write, and what the book is all about: It feels like this could be some clever extra scene from the play, and in a minute there’s going to be a song about how lucky we all are to be young and beautiful and live in Swansea at the end of the less awful half of an absolute bum-out of a century.

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Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t everything get compared to The Catcher in the Rye? A modern day version, a version crossed with Godzilla, Holden Caulfield on speed, best thing since sliced Salinger?

I choose to discount these comparisons for three reasons: Joe Dunthorne’s debut novel about teenage angst, alienation and rebellion in Swansea in the late ‘s w Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t everything get compared to The Catcher in the Rye? Joe Dunthorne’s debut novel about teenage angst, alienation and rebellion in Swansea in the late ‘s was inevitably compared dunthirne said adventures of Master Caulfield and once more I find myself wondering what all the fuss is about.


There are moments of great levity interspersed with others of great duntborne, both handled well considering this is a book that features a teenage boy dunthorns trying to put his fist inside a virgin in a theatre sound booth and same boy writing awkward teenage love letters dutnhorne his mother from his father in an attempt to get them to ” turn the dimmer switch down ” on their bedroom light.

It’s quite a charming novel of coming to terms with yourself submarime your parents and sadly those themes and the age of the protagonist means this does limp in to the dreaded young adult category of literature. Whilst Catcher has become known as a book for teens it was intended for adults and as such deals with things beyond the school yard as it investigates it’s issues of identity and alienation, Subamrine gets bogged down in the minutiae of bodily fluids, obvious attempts at making Oliver a modern day picaro but forgetting to make him sympathetic dhnthorne any way at all.

At its heart this is dknthorne masquerading as mature, a wolf dressed in the sheeps clothing of a large dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia set, perfectly mirroring its jpe. I must be honest and admit that I only had an interest in reading this because of the fantastic movie adaptation.

It’s such a charming, funny and interesting movie and I was intrigued as to whether the novel was the source for this or the film maker Richard Ayoade. The answer was a little from column A and a lot from column B. The adaptation made this novel better, it added a magical dunhorne missing from OK maybe it was slightly hinted at Dunthornes prose, made the story of Oliver Tate more cohesive and most importantly adding layers of sympathy to the supporting characters in the life dunthorme this neurotic, self obsessed, teenage boy and even Oliver himself.

See the movie, for once book not essential. Jun 25, Charlie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I picked this up in a bookstore because it was at a discounted price and the first few pages dunthorns caught my attention. Oliver Tate as a smart albeit eccentric teenager struck a chord with me, and at first I felt I could sbumarine to the character.

I enjoyed the character’s analytical view of the world around him and the humour that comes with it, but that’s about where it ends. Oliver Tate does things which most teenagers may threaten to do after an argument, but would never dream of doing in real I picked this up in a bookstore because it was at a discounted price and the first few pages really caught my attention.

Oliver Tate does things which most teenagers may threaten to do after an argument, but would never dream of doing in real life. Also, despite dunrhorne unique personality, he surprisingly fits in very well at school and has no problems hiding his true self in order to gain popularity, which is something that a real teenager with a similar sort of personality ie.

A lot of the language and situations presented in the book jie extremely vulgar and graphic. Whilst it may be unsuitable for any younger teenagers, I doubt that the book would appeal to adults either due to the protagonist being a year-old boy at odds with his parents. I had hoped that a character with Oliver’s personality would not also be subject to stereotypical teenage, loutish behaviours. I really began to lose faith in him, especially about half way through the book where Oliver does something which would be seen as criminal and foolish under any circumstances.

The plot is pretty non-existent, dependant only on Oliver’s increasingly idiotic behaviours to push it forwards.