The Tetherballs of Bougainville - Mark Leyner Mark Leyner clearly has a brilliant mind and I plan to check out some more of his work. I read a review that stated this book needs to be read twice before you really get it, so maybe, I'm the one that's deficient. This book, however clever and well written it may be (and it is extremely so) didn't do it for me. It's pure style, and perhaps in 1997 when it was new, that style wouldn't have felt like a rehashing of post-modern style tropes, many of which I've seen used to more interesting effect. Remembering what I was into back then, I think I would have liked it more if I'd read it when it came out. The problem for me was that I simply didn't care about it. It was fun when I was reading it, but when I put it down, I had no pull to come back to it. By the end, I just wanted it to be done. The prose is dazzling, clever, and funny, and I think it's likely I will like his short stories better than I liked this.