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Lord of the Barnyard: Killing the Fatted Calf and Arming the Aware in the Cornbelt Paperback – March 13, 2000
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John had expected, maybe even hoped for, a little something more to herald his arrival--some burning crosses or lynch mobs on the lawn, a coven of Methodists to picket his re-entry, a banner-wielding committee from the school board, anything at all. But to his disbelief, he found the streets quiet and empty.The streets don't stay that way for long as the tale truly turns on the garbage strike organized by John and his gang of fellow misfits. As a result, Baker comes apart at the seams and all the citizenry reveal their true natures. In his singular debut, Tristan Egolf demonstrates an unschooled flair for storytelling, which earned him accolades--and even a comparison to Céline--when the novel was published in France. True, his characters are cutouts with few surprises, including dialogue (there isn't any). But there is plenty of room in these pages to admire a wild and imaginative look at a slice of life cut from the underbelly of Middle America. --Schuyler Engle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
But those flaws notwithstanding, Egolf has written an audacious jet-fueled debut which is somehow all the more compelling for it's absurdity. Those reviewers who have criticized the novel have said little which I would directly contradict (no, there is no dialogue; yes, the characters are one dimensional) but somehow the sheer energy and inventiveness of the novel kept me glued throughout its four hundred pages.
Lord of the Barnyard is an Appalachian Confederacy of the Dunces on crack cocaine. Egolf uses sheer creativity and his raw intelligence to muscle his way though a rollercoaster plot that takes us on a whirlwind tour of John Kaltenbrunner's backwoods heroism and larger than life exploits.
And the novel is funny! It made me laugh!
Egolf is a smart writer with talent. Hats off to him for this gutsy first novel, flaws and all; I look forward to reading his future work.
In Lord of the Barnyard, Egolf weaves a tale of misfortune, destruction, putrification and assertion so involving, intense, and breathless (as much from the narrative as trying to read the free-flowing, pin-wheeling, and exceedingly wordy sentences aloud to my sister) that you can't help but be drawn in. I don't see it as highly likely that even, or especially, John Kaltenbrunner's early exploits would ever be possible, but somehow, it just seems perfecly reasonable.
Explaining this book is as impossible as any of John's deeds. I suppose it's fitting that it has yet to be released in the country in which it's set.
A book for thinking people who relish the self-mocking edge of post-modernism. But if you're into the surprise twist at the ending thing, or you need to be able to identify with the book's main character/hero, look elsewhere. You have been warned...
Lord of the Barnyard is hard to describe. It is a demolition derby of the soul, a guided tour of hell (no giftshop) and immensely sensitive at that.
As every good writer, Egolf has the power to infect you with his worldview. Makes it unescapable. After putting the novel away the world looks like a desolate place. Egolf writes like Marquez on bad acid, or Hunter S. Thompson going cold turkey. Long, weird sentences, summing up years of misery in a couple of strange images. The plot is fascinating albeit incidental, its not the point of this novel. This novel is about the power of writing, about taking the world by its balls and yanking them until it vomits. Dirty, beautiful and unforgettable. Hard to believe this is the first work of a young writer.
Buy it, and be amazed. Think the novel as an artform is dead? Think again.
if you've noitced that im avoiding talking about the plot of the book, that's correct. im trying to tell you what the books about.
but like i said, this book will be wasted on many, and the those that can profit from it, will never get their hands on it. I wonder if the author knew this when he wrote it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
People seem to greatly misunderstand this book. It's not a satire, and it's definitely not an heir to Confederacy of Dunces. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Charlie Reed
The author of this book committed suicide, years after writing this book. You can tell after reading it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sean D
Outstanding.. Hilarious.. Definitely my favourite book of all time!Published 21 months ago by Mr DD Barr
When I finished the book, curious to know something about Egolf's career, I googled and was appalled to learn that he died a suicide in 2005 at age 33, with two novels published... Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by D. E. Tingle
This is hand down the funniest book I have ever read. I almost fell out of my chair reading it.Published on March 9, 2013 by Gerard S. Murphy
(On behalf of the Revolving Door Book Club) This is an ambitious debut covering the trials and tribulations of John Kalterbunner, an outcast with incredible bad luck, as his young... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Carrie J. Bylina
i read this book years ago and managed to lose it somehow and so i bought it again.
Written beautifully, took me a while to get into it but by the 2nd chapter i was hooked,... Read more
Pretty good. A bit overwhelmed, and distracted, with the many subplots. I felt it deviated from interesting characters. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by R. Burns