- File Size: 930 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (August 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008TSC8AK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A great read.
This book is funny, as everyone (who counts) says. But for me the real payoff was the ending. I was hooked into this book partly because I was hoping Kotzwinkle could pull it off. He'd gotten so deeply into the plot and characters that it just didn't seem possible to have an ending as good as the start (and the middle, and the whole dang thing). But he did it. He did it! And it was funny.
So, even if the comedy isn't for you, this book is a model of storytelling I wish more novelists and screenwriters would study.
Who will dig this? Philip Roth fans. Kurt Vonnegut fans. Haven Kimmel fans. Nabokov fans. Richard Russo fans (I'm thinking of you folks who want something as fun as STRAIGHT MAN). Face it, fans of good prose and good stories will have a blast.
Top international reviews
Yes, you have to suspend your belief for this offering by William Kotzwinkle who, among many other books, wrote E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. However, once you get into the groove of this fable for grown-ups, you will be rewarded with a funny, often thought-provoking novel. Yes, it's mad, it's bonkers, but it's very good.
A beautiful narrative journey through the idiocies of American culture as told through the eyes of a bear who becomes a literary sensation. This book has shades of Being There, the Kosinski novel which explored similar warped values of the American Dream.
Very visual writing. .
Hugely funny. Very thought provoking. Sharply written. Utterly absurd.
If you read any Kotzwinkle novel,make it this one.
William Kotzwinkel gelingt es mit großem Unterhaltungswert diese Geschichte zu erzählen.
Kritisch wird gesellschaftlicher Aufstieg und Erfolgsstreben beschrieben.
Mit viel gelungener Ironie an den richtigen Stellen kriegt er immer wieder die Kurve, damit die Geschichte nicht übertrieben erscheint.