The author of wacky Southern bildungsromans such as Tender and Crazy in Alabama, Mark Childress branches out into new imaginative territory with Gone for Good, a novel with an all-star cast and a sprawling, slightly ramshackle plot. Superman's presence on the island unleashes some mighty odd goings-on, involving a power-mad islander the locals call El Mago, armies of mystically inclined monkeys, and a wizened native sage who produces gnomic utterances such as "Sometime is no why. Sometime just is." At times it seems that Childress's hero has escaped one adolescent male fantasy (rock & roll stardom) only to fall into the arms of another: he gains magical powers, makes love to Marilyn Monroe, and engages in some highly entertaining monkey-wrenching against the island's would-be developers. Plus, everybody keeps telling him how important he is. No matter: like Superman himself, the book has a shaggy-dog charm, and in the end, the author produces some moving truths about fame, love, and what it truly means to disappear. --Mary Park --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Childless captures your attention from the very beginning. Then he takes you for a ride through unexpected twists and turns that keep you turning the pages as fast as you can read.Published 23 months ago by Carlos L.
This book had the makings of being great, but turned into a fragmented disassociative bit of nonsense. Read morePublished on September 2, 2002 by "thecynicalguy2"
It was funny, shocking, and fun to read. Then it took what was supposed to be a serious turn and the book went down hill from there. Mark Childress is great at quirky humor. Read morePublished on June 26, 2001
After reading Crazy in Alabama, I discovered this book and was looking forward to another fun read by Mark Childress. Read morePublished on September 14, 1999
Some of the most famous deceased people of the 20th century are not only alive, but living on a remote island enjoying Jimmy Hoffa's specialty, barbecue chicken. Read morePublished on July 20, 1999
I have read all of Mark Childress's books, and frankly I was disappointed. I know this was a fictional novel, but an invisible man? A flying man? Read morePublished on June 18, 1999 by email@example.com