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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Ataraxia Library; First edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984531742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984531745
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Tobacco Brown, remarkable for its canny conflation of art and ideas, is the best work of fiction I've yet encountered in the 21st century. The book's hero, Barney Kadesh, to preserve his fragile sanity, conjures up Tobacco Brown, the most dangerous Civil War soldier turned cowboy loner since Owen Wister s Virginian. I am most impressed by the accuracy with which the character s psychosis is portrayed, exceedingly rare in any fiction. Stealing what he can from history, the author compels us across moonscapes of characters fully worthy of the early Thomas Pynchon s wacko-realism of V and Gravity's Rainbow. I am known as a tough, even stingy grader of medical description and of narrative fiction. On both, I must give Tobacco Brown nothing less than an A+. ----Lewis R. Baxter, Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Florida, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, UCLA

An astonishing work of the imagination, filled with marvelously clever songs, ballads, and parodies of exquisite malevolence. You can hear the music in the language. Its two love stories are, in their turn, sensuous, emotionally wrenching, transcendent. The novel is hysterically funny and unpredictable. I can t wait to read it again! This work should not only be read, it should be taught. Tobacco Brown is a landmark. ----Robert Robin, Novelist

The excellence of Richard Shapiro's storytelling has given us, in Tobacco Brown, a fascinating and purely original work of modern American literature. The backstory of T.B. is utterly cinematic and will make a jewel of a motion picture. -- --David Paulsen, Writer/Director

An astonishing work of the imagination, filled with marvelously clever songs, ballads, and parodies of exquisite malevolence. You can hear the music in the language. Its two love stories are, in their turn, sensuous, emotionally wrenching, transcendent. The novel is hysterically funny and unpredictable. I can t wait to read it again! This work should not only be read, it should be taught. Tobacco Brown is a landmark. ----Robert Robin, Novelist

The excellence of Richard Shapiro's storytelling has given us, in Tobacco Brown, a fascinating and purely original work of modern American literature. The backstory of T.B. is utterly cinematic and will make a jewel of a motion picture. ----David Paulsen, Writer/Director

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Richard Shapiro lives in Southern California with his wife, Esther, a film producer, and his three-legged cat, Beige.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max Read on January 12, 2012
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"Tobacco Brown" is a novel that was written by Richard Shapiro. Biographical information about Mr. Shapiro appears somewhat limited but it could be deduced from this work that Mr. Shapiro fashions himself as a delusional theorist who finds a great parody derived in spiritual philosophy.

The novel is literary fiction in the drama genre. The writing is variously complex and the author uses a compendium of descriptive words and references - some totally made up. "Normal" readers will find the prose invariably difficult to navigate. For the most part the story is told by an anonymous narrator, who morphs at times into the first person author; a particularly imaginative device.

The story is about one Barney Kadesh, who is delusional; not insane but loosing it. Tobacco Brown is a character inspired by Barney's mental instability; he becomes somewhat of a deity. The tale of Tobacco Brown is a contemporary parable, told in the manner of the ancient religious prophets but styled to capture a following as in founding a church; the tabernacle consisting of a pulpit in the Hangdog saloon.

The cast of characters that Shapiro creates are as dopey as Barney Kadesh would inspire them to be. A thoroughly motley bunch probably associated with "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Green Acres" TV shows of the late 60's and early 70's. I wondered who Arnold the Pig could have been in Shapiro's cast or whether Elly May and Pilgrim had anything in common?

This was a very long and exasperating novel. Most of the conversation was plainly awful, meaningless musing and philosophical bafflegab. If you were sane when you began this composition, you surely would be insane if you finished it. There was just nothing inspiring about anything in this work.
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