From Publishers Weekly
Dobyns's 15th novel is a philosophical look at a young wrestler's search for his vanished fiancee.
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From Library Journal
Poet and novelist Dobyns ( Body Traffic , LJ 10/1/90; The Two Deaths of Senora Puccini , LJ 5/15/88) has here penned a weirdly comic novel that is part philosophy, part epic, part surreal video. Ostensibly the story of wrestler Michael Marmaduke's search for his kidnapped fiancee, Rose White, this book offers the reader a world in which dualism is the order of the day. What is Michael Marmaduke (a.k.a. Marduk the Magnificent) really searching for--the missing Rose White or his own true self? Dobyns uses wrestling as a metaphor for the age-old struggle between appearance and truth, and his characters represent intriguing examples of human nature coping with lives out of balance. The poetic intensity of his imagery makes Dobyns a delight for lovers of good prose; there is a rich feast here. But those readers unwilling to digest large chunks of philosophy may not want to enter the ring. Recommended for literary fiction collections. For another work by Dobyns, see Saratoga Haunting , reviewed on p. 126.--Ed.- Dean James, Houston Acad. of Medicine/Texas Medical Ctr. Lib.
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