Ablutions by Patrick DewittAblutions by Patrick Dewitt


byPatrick Dewitt

Paperback | April 21, 2012

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From the author of the award-winning The Sisters Brothers comes a dark, boozy, and hilarious tale from the LA underworld.

A nameless barman tends a decaying bar in Hollywood and takes notes for a book about his clientele. Initially, he is morbidly amused by watching the regulars roll in and fall into their nightly oblivion, pitying them and their loneliness. In hopes of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with them. He also knocks back pills indiscriminately and treats himself to gallons of Jameson's. But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to lose himself, trapped by addiction and indecision. When his wife leaves him, he embarks on a series of squalidly random sexual encounters and a downward spiral of self-damage and irrational violence. To cleanse himself and save his soul, he attempts to escape . . .

Patrick deWitt was born on Vancouver Island in 1975. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiaban...
Title:AblutionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.47 inPublished:April 21, 2012Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770892141

ISBN - 13:9781770892149

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dull Ablutions is a super generic white man's first novel. If you love de Witt for the colourful characters and settings in his other two novels, you won't find anything to enjoy here. Save your money and re-read the Sisters Brothers.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drink and run away This is Dewitt's first novel and it shows. I read this after reading The Sisters Borthers and although it's not as good I enjoyed it. Dewitt has a knack of bringing his central themes together in a final line. In fact you could just flip to the last sentence and get straight to the point, but I would not recommend doing that asDewitt makes the journey fun. The main character works in a bar with what I'm certain are events and characters drawn from Dewitt's early experiences. He writes about events and skips laborious detail much as he does in his later novels, but there is always a carefully plotted purpose to his stories. Can't wait to read his fourth novel.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absurd Dewitt's deadpan delivery and flawless execution using the second person make this book an innovative and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2016-11-11

Editorial Reviews

"[Patrick deWitt] has an ear for cadence and an eye for detail ... Ablutions doesn't glorify alcoholism, but nor does it present a moral, skilfully dodging the traps it sets itself." - Anthony Cummins, Guardian"... Ablutions is a seedy, boozy haiku. Reed thin, yet razor-sharp and as muscular as can be. This earliest deWitt is brilliant." - Aaron Blanton, January Magazine"Dark, booze-ridden and utterly fascinating." - Andrew Armitige, The Sun Times