- Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Semiotext(e) (December 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0936756616
- ISBN-13: 978-0936756615
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black (Native Agents) Paperback – December 1, 1990
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Do not let that depressing bit of information in any way dissuade you from reading her story, or to get the impression that this book is at all morbid or maudlin. This is one of the funniest accounts of life on the fringes of American culture I've read in many a moon. She has such an enagingly humorous conversational style, that even when she is describing truly horrifying scenes such as an attempted rape in the backwoods of Maryland, the effect owes more to Rabelais, than to Peckinpah.
Mueller reminds me a lot of a female version of Ken Kesey. Her prose moves along with the same sort of wild energy and the incidents she describes never get bogged down in needless detail. She has great writers' instincts. She sees life in the same tragi-comic vein as does Kesey, as well. Perhaps they both had run-ins with the same Cosmic Joker, at one time or other. Whatever the personal histories, they were certainly kindred souls, who had a look at the full spectrum of humanity and were able to get their impressions down on paper in thoroughly memorable ways.
This is as easy and enjoyable a read as you are likely to come across. I'm by no means a fast reader, but was able to breeze through it in just a few hours. I can unreservedly say that I couldn't put it down, and I find that rare these days. Spend a few hours with Cookie Mueller. She'll probably make friends with you, too.
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Walking Through Clear Water In A Pool Painted Black by Cookie Mueller
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Great Read! Loved hearing first hand accounts of some of my all time favorite indie super stars and 70's- 80's icons.Published 19 months ago by Rebecca Biechteler
Love this book but the first pages were missing, it started on page 3.Published 20 months ago by Irene Hovey
A look into a life i did not know about, a woman I could understand. Freedom, with intelligence, is hardly ever a goal that rewards women.Published on October 7, 2013 by Marlea
I enjoy Cookie's writing.
I am so glad this book is still available.
Cookie had a very interesting and short life.
This book spans her life.