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by Lionel Shriver

  • Author: Lionel Shriver
  • ISBN: 0140120580
  • ISBN13: 978-0140120585
  • ePub: 1557 kb | FB2: 1325 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: United States
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 1, 1989)
  • Pages: 336
  • Rating: 4.2/5
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Checker and The Derailleurs. Foreboding overcame Eaton Striker well before The Derailleurs began to play. To someone who doesn’t deserve it, as he very well knows. Much as Eaton would have preferred to chum obliviously with his friends, he could only stare at the stage as the drummer stepped up to those ramshackle Leedys and the damned skins began to purr. Who is that? asked Eaton, not sure he really wanted to know.

Lionel Shriver is the least formulaic author I read. This is an early book by Lionel Shriver who recently wrote "The Mandibles" and before that "We Have to Talk about Kevin. I love reading her, and though this was the weirdest book of hers that I've read, the story carried me along. Such a summary might make the novel sound more like anthropology than fiction (and I learned after finishing the book that, indeed, Shriver was once a student of Margaret Mead).

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Checker and the Deraillurs is a 1988 novel by American novelist Lionel Shriver. The novel, Shriver's second, follows the dramatic life of rock drummer for the Deraillurs band of Queens, Checker Secretti as he goes through a series of relationships and social exchanges. Shriver described the novel as influence by her father's strongly religious values, with the plot "derived glaringly from the New Testament".

Checker and the Derailleurs book. Shelves: fiction, american-author. Can see how this became such a cult classic. Now that Lionel Shriver's books are going to gain new audiences due to the buzz around the film version of We Need to Talk About Kevin, someone will probably try to make a movie of Checker as well. I hope not. While it seems eminently filmable and the richly colored and textured images Shriver paints could be magic in the hands of a visual director like For a long time, Checker and the Derailleurs had mostly a cult following.

Modern and contemporary fiction (post c. 1945). An examination of the passion, the jealousy and the friendship of young musicians trying to break out, Checker and The Derailleurs is also about cycling, rock lyrics, glass blowing, the marriage of convenience, and-most of all-the mystery of joy. Band,Rock,Kevin. Written by Lionel Shriver. Narrated by MacLeod Andrews. Beautiful and charismatic, nineteen-year-old Checker Secretti is the most gifted and original drummer that the club-goers of Astoria, Queens, have ever heard. When he plays, conundrums seem to solve themselves, brilliant thoughts spring to mind, and couples fall in love. The members of his band, The Derailleurs, are passionately devoted to their guiding spirit, as are all who fall under Checker's spell.

is a lively storyteller, and she keeps readers guessing to the en. .Checker and the Derailleurs, like its beguiling protagonist, is hard to forget' People Magazine. triumphant is the key, a boy so radiant that his creator (she wrote The Female of the Species) has fallen in love with him. And so has the reader' Publisher's Weekly. clever, and touching' Library Journal show more. About Lionel Shriver.

Catching up on favorite author's novels came across this gem. Shriver captures the past and future lives of young, hopeful, ambitious or not musicians with much clarity. Witnessing firsthand the past lives lived over in story and disillusionment, I can attest to so many of her written words. I can also assert to the truth related here as relates to those people who will continuously prop up the unambitious and allow them to feel special even as their lives dissolve about them. Shriver captures the energy that props up the young, and the foolishness which betrays itself.

I've often wondered what so attracts me to her writing. Reading her self described penchant for proper wording, I know it is she writes with the same correctness of verbiage which led to my own obsession, from a very young age, with William F. Buckley, Jr.
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I read this book last summer--more than six months ago--and didn't know quite what to make of it. It took me a few chapters to cotton on to Shriver's style and her aim; at first Checker seems too saintly, too eloquent, too perceptive, his life too charmed to be a plausible adolescent hailing from a broken home in New York City. But what seems like a hagiography of an adolescent Eighties scenester ends up really being a study of a troubled guru and his young disciples. The initially facile characterizations (Checker Secretti as the idolized bandleader; Eaton Striker as the annoying and spiteful pretender) give way to much more nuanced portraits. The musicians and groupies of the Derailleurs, Checker's fledgling rock-and-roll act, make surprisingly erratic decisions that determine the fates of their band and of each other.

Such a summary might make the novel sound more like anthropology than fiction (and I learned after finishing the book that, indeed, Shriver was once a student of Margaret Mead). But I think a more apt comparison would be to a youthful Iris Murdoch, whose novels often boast similar fascinations with moral psychology and group dynamics and feature alpha-male "enchanters" around whom all other characters orbit.

One of the book's many strengths is its setting in Astoria (the one in Queens, New York), which Shriver captures almost faultlessly. Landmarks and architecture, parks and streets, eateries and shops (although the names have been changed), even the local banquet hall--her Astoria is, eerily, still recognizable, in spite of the many changes to the area over the last quarter century. Aside from the representation of the neighborhood, the other notable portrayal is of the outsider of the group: Syria Pyramus, an older, cantankerous artist whose specialty is pipe-blowing glass sculptures of human bones; she ends up in a passionate relationship with Checker, yet marries his best friend, a band member in need of a green card. (Yes, it's complicated.)

This isn't a perfect novel, by any means; the prose can be cloyingly overwrought, the symbolism comes with its own CliffsNotes, the chapter headings (song titles and other musical references) are downright corny. Plus, the Christian allegory is a bit ham-fisted; in case you don't get the parallels, Shriver steps in to make them explicit for her readers: "If this is the Last Supper and I cop the lead, who does that make you, Strike?" asks the Christ figure of his Iscariot. (Her claim in an afterword appended to the new paperback edition, that it never occurred to her "that my plot was influenced by the New Testament," is belied by such passages.)

Yet here I sit, six months later, recalling nearly every scene with enjoyment and haunted by the many memorable characters. There's something indescribably resonant about this novel--it's as messy and ebullient and manic and magical as the neighborhood in which it is set.
I'm a devoted fan of Lionel Shriver and every one of her books is better than the the previous one. This one, however, just didn't sit well with me. The characters didn't resonate and some of the plot lines seemed just too fantastic to hold my interest. That said, 'Checker' was worth the time if only to build my library with great authors. I have several of her other books siting on my shelf patiently waiting to be read so in my reading preference this is considered an outlier but not a roadblock to keep riding the Shriver train. Keep writing Lionel, please. I love your work, you continue to have one of the most distinctive voices around.
A very good story about a talented drummer with issues. Lots of interesting conflict among the band members and others which are resolved in various ways. Features a sinister character who is jealous of Checker and tries to subvert the band's affection for him. Well written by an unusual writer. It helps if the reader knows something about the author's personal life and kind of Libertarian political slant.. This is an early book by Lionel Shriver who recently wrote "The Mandibles" and before that "We Have to Talk about Kevin." The ending resolution of all the issues is a surprise but not a downer. I might consider this book "young adult" though I am certainly not young and really enjoyed it.
Being an amateur drummer who's played in bands and having enjoyed some of Shriver's writing, I really wanted to like this book. I thought it was just OK. I had a hard time identifying with and liking any of the characters, including the drummer himself. Just didn't grab me the way I thought it would.
I love this author. This book is older than her more well known works, but it is a beautiful glimpse into Queens, NY. Also, it explore the realities of urban young adults and is a compassionate look at mental illness.
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