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Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (May 12, 2009)



How to Sell: A Novel e-book

by Clancy Martin

Clancy Martin has written a scary, funny blaze of a book. The feeling you get from the moment you open Clancy Martin’s superb novel is one of inevitability.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Clancy Martin has written a scary, funny blaze of a book. This is the inevitability of truth-telling, of tragedy, of the setup to a good joke, and, very possibly, the inevitability of the classic.

Clancy Martin is a Canadian philosopher, novelist, and essayist. Martin's debut novel How to Sell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) was a Times Literary Supplement "Best Book of 2009" (chosen by Craig Raine), and a "Best Book of 2009" for The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, The Kansas City Star.

How to sell, Clancy Martin. I kept that book in my backpack for occasions like this. Sometimes I would switch it out with Jonathan Livingston Seagull, or On the Road, or Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, or Journey to the End of the Night. 1st ed. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-0-374-17335-7 (alk. paper).

Clancy Martin Tells the Truth Even When He Lies. A Canadian boy drops out of high school to join his brother in Texas as a fine jewelry salesman.

Dirty, greatly original, and very hard to stop reading. Clancy Martin Tells the Truth Even When He Lies.

There’s a scene in How to Sell, Clancy Martin’s novel about sly, double-dealing jewelers and their scams, in which the hero’s brother, fired up on cocaine and sheer ambition, passes off a used Rolex watch as new. A lady has brought it in for tweaking: he has it cleaned off and placed it i. .

So what to make of Clancy Martin-a man who wants to sell his debut novel while . With "How to Sell," Martin has written a gem of a story. Selling it probably won't be hard.

He was a very gifted liar," says his brother and former business partner, Darren. We'd say storyteller-a wonderful storyteller. I would say that, unfortunately, most of the book is lifted directly from my life-with some exaggeration and lots of omission," says Martin cheerfully. For a young man, the life had a kind of reckless glamour. You sell a diamond, and boom," he says.

Clancy Martin's first book, HOW TO SELL was a great ride. We meet Bobby Clark, the sociopathic anti-hero, as a lying, stealing teenager in Canada - something like Holden Caulfield, but without the angst. His older brother Jim, who he idolizes, has moved to Texas to sell jewelry at the Fort Worth Diamond Exchange.

The Bush administration sold us a war based on phony intelligence . The art of peddling snake oil may be age-old, but something about the deceit of recent years makes Clancy Martin’s debut novel, How to Sell, feel very timely.

The Bush administration sold us a war based on phony intelligence; Bernie Madoff sold investors invisible stocks. Set amid the Fort Worth jewelry trade, this drug-fueled coming-of-age tale knowingly explores our culture of greed and excess. The narrator, Bobby Clark, is a troubled Canadian teen who gets booted from high school for stealing a case of class rings.

Martin's debut novel How to Sell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) was a Times Literary Supplement "Best Book of 2009" (chosen by Craig Raine), and a.Clancy Martin was born in 1967, the middle child in a family of three boys.

Martin's debut novel How to Sell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) was a Times Literary Supplement "Best Book of 2009" (chosen by Craig Raine), and a "Best Book of 2009" for The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, The Kansas City Star. His father Bill was a type 1 diabetic, and a successful real estate developer in Toronto and Calgary, Canada. Clancy's father Bill became involved in New Age spirituality, founding a "Church of Living Love" in Palm Beach, Florida in 1976.

Clancy Martins dazzling, dizzying debut novel is a high-speed American tragicomedy (and philosophical investigation into the nature of retail, sex and adulthood) from an astonishing new talent in fiction.
Anyone out there enjoy the movie "Goodfellas"? Remember Henry Hill, the voice-over and eventual rat, recounting the details of his sordid life, which featured plenty of money, persistent drug abuse, marital infidelity, and constant scheming and scamming? Well, this is exactly the type of life that Clancy Martin captures in HOW TO SELL, where Bobby Clark describes the shenanigans that certainly occur at shady practitioners in the jewelry business. IMO, this novel is "Goodfellas" or perhaps "The Sopranos", recast as a tawdry drama in the luxury goods industry. Not that it's my concern; but Clancy, make sure your agent tries to sell this property and concept to HBO.

HOW TO SELL came to my attention at the recent Brooklyn Book Festival. There, Martin was on a panel that discussed the subject "Money in Fiction". In general, the panel, which was sponsored by Bookforum, was primarily interested in the distorting effects of wealth, not how wealth is acquired. Regardless, Martin was the panelist with the insider's perspective and his book does convey the shameless dynamics of close-at-all-costs salesmanship. Anyone considering a sales job might first read this novel since it reveals what is sometimes necessary to get ahead. It also conveys the values that will rise to the top in most sales organizations and the values that many sales managers will use to judge performance.

The strongest element of HOW TO SELL is the scams. I'm not going back to count. But I'd guess Martin describes more than a dozen schemes and scams that jewelers use to rip off their customers, thereby lifting or creating profits. The scams exist, by the way, because customers are naïve and believe what their jewelers tell them. And Martin, I suppose, is basically saying that a corrupt and unregulated process produces a corrupt result. Anyway, this primer on jewelry scams is definitely eye-opening and, man, after I win Lotto, I'm buying my wife real estate, not jewelry.

The comparison to "Godfellas" is glib but legit. As I remember that movie, Henry Hill and Jimmy Doyle searched out crime and violence from the very beginning. Over time, the scope of their criminal activities increased and the craziness of their violence acquired ever more dire ramifications. But their characters didn't really evolve. (I think the first voice-over is: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.") Likewise, the characters of Bobby Clark and his older brother Jimmy are set from the git-go. The first sentence of HOW TO SELL, for example, contains Bobby's admission: "...the first time I considered jewelry, I stole my mother's wedding ring. " Apparently, the Clark brothers were born with a knack, and even respect, for sleazy behavior.

HOW TO SELL is a solid four-star read and recommended for those who deny or have forgotten the fact that the animating principles of business are basically selfish. Ayn Rand certainly got this right although this fact leaves behind a trail of pathetic wreckage in Martin's involving novel.
This is a tale sleekly told. It is not international in scope (not counting its Canadan roots) but deals with a specific American locale, the southwest, in that decade of excess, the 80's.
I've been in fine jewelry and for me the portraits had the ring of truth. Perhaps stronger black comedy and better dialogue would have made it a perfect gem.
It was a great read for a very long airplane trip.
Unfortunately this book (paperback edition) is poorly edited. Words are missing in places so sentences are nonsensical. Since it is rather colloquial, the poor editing becomes quite distracting. The story is engaging though I don't find the characters very sympathetic thus far (half way through).
What I loved about How to Sell was its inside-baseball view of the jewelry industry - I learned enough scams and schemes to scare me from ever entering a jeweler shop again. Unfortunately, it was wrapped around a fairly conventional story that, ultimately, didn't take the reader particularly far or anywhere particularly unpredictable. But boy, what stories about the industry...
It was a captivating read. Could have used a better editor. Hard to imagine that PhD is oblivious to basic grammar. Also could have used an editor that watched the flow. Clearly the author did this for a living, and the detail is entertaining. But at the end, I just felt cheated. Not much of a story and the ending was contrived.
I was suckered into buying this book, after a reviewer on NPR touted this book as a modern masterpiece. Boy they sure don't write masterpieces the way they used to.

The book is a plodding, dull tale of two unevolved guys from a dysfunctional family who use drugs and people interchangeably as they numbly stumble their way through their uninteresting lives.

Clancy's greatest flaw is his belief that he can write realistic human dialogue. Maybe everyone speaks in complete sentences where you hang out professor but that ain't the way normal people talk -- especially when your characters are shady denizens of the druggy, low life subculture you purport to know so much about. Every character in Clancy's novel not only sounds that same, but also speaks in incoherent non-sequiturs that make you wonder if the writer has any clue about subtext.

There's a germ of a good idea for a story in "How to Sell" but Clancy ain't the guy to write it. There I used a slang contraction and I'm not ashamed that I did. Try it sometime, professor, you might actually like it.
Enjoy the characters - only mid-way through book, but so far really appreciating each person and cirumstance. Well written.
Bobby Clark is 16 and a thief when he drops out of school, leaves his demanding girlfriend, and follows his big brother to Texas and into the shady retail jewelry business. Fronting as respectable businessmen, the brothers live high and fast, scamming and charming their way through the fast-paced plot.

In the brothers' world, nearly everybody is on the make; the cheaters cheating each other as the chicanery goes round and round. Bobby is up to his neck in swindles and shady deals but never feels any culpability. He's always just doing what he feels he much to keep his head above water as he gets in deeper and deeper.

Martin's characters make their choices and take their chances, but frequently with blinders on. The brothers are too busy keeping their balance on the tightrope to look around and see where they're headed. Their father wears internal blinders but loves them in his own (crazy) way. Only one character sees and turns her back--taking up a profession conventionally considered less moral then selling jewelry. But we know better.

All in all, a dark but fascinating tale of moral choices that doesn't preach moral absolutes.

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