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"The funniest fable of ourtime." Los Angeles Times
 
"Very funny, and probablytrue." Terry Pratchett
 
"Hal makes you laugh outloud and root for his success." TheNew York Times
 
"FABULOUS! EXTREMELY FUNNY, MAD, AND A BRILLIANTLYSANE NOVEL - KOTZWINKLE IS SUPERB." JoannaLumley
 
"A delightful fable...hilarious and sometimes touching... Kotzwinkle has created a real star." Publishers Weekly
 
"I just surrendered. I sathere laughing. I live alone, but laughed aloud until the child next door calledup to me, 'What's the matter?' 'I'm laughing.' 'But what's the matter?' The matter is that this is thefunniest book I've ever read about bears, the lit-biz, academic pomposity, andwandering innocently in Manhattan and the purgatory of the book tour. Yes, itis. I love the book."  Herbert Gold
 
"William Kotzwinkle is ourBoccaccio - there isn't anyone funnier, smarter, or more inventive than he, andhe brandishes his satirical sword exactly as wickedly and as scathingly asBoccaccio does, with the same oddly tolerant smile... I urge readers not to tryreading it at night, while family members are trying to sleep; you'll keep themawake howling with laughter." RichardBausch

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You might think that a writer best-known for novelizing the movie "E.T." would find a satire on the book publishing industry hitting a bit close to home, but William Kotzwinkle seems quite comfortable with the task in this comic fable. In Kotzwinkle's merry send-up, the author of the hit novel "Desire and Destiny" is a bear, a real bear, who after finding the manuscript under a spruce tree and attaching his nom de plume, Hal Jam, becomes rich and famous overnight. Obtuse editors, star-hound agents, and a right-wing televangelist and Presidential candidate all warm to Hal's warm, bearish honesty without bothering to read his book--or to notice that he's an animal, for that matter. It's an old gag turned by a canny author to amusing, if not always compelling, purposes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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