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Slouching Towards Kalamazoo (Phoenix Fiction) Paperback – June 1, 2005
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All the above notwithstanding, certain discerning readers will be richly rewarded. More than that, I will not say, as the great Peter De Vries does not need my defense.
Comfort Me With Apples is a masterpiece. There are brilliant lines and turns of phrases on almost every page. That's De Vries at his sunny best. The Tunnel of Love, too. It was a popular play and movie. His work got darker before he re-grouped in later career. I'd also recommend Let Me Count the Ways (more '60s absurdist) and The Vale of Laughter (black humor). The fictionalized account of the death of his daughter by childhood leukemia, The Blood of the Lamb, serves as a turning point. Half farce and half tragedy, it's schizophrenia is wrenching. His dark humor probably peaked with The Cat's Pajamas & Witch's Milk, two novellas. After that he got more light-hearted. Mrs. Wallop is a case in point--his answer to Portnoy's Complaint's mother-bashing. And earlier novel, The Mackerel Plaza, is unusual in that its about the romantic travails of a minister of a church.
I've highlighted so many quotables I'm going to have to buy the Library another copy. ( I can't help it !) IE: " When you greeted him with "Hi, how are you ? " his answer was invariably "Extant.", That's as high as he would put it." I think I see where Padgett Powell got some of his chops. And if you haven't read him you must follow this with Powell's "Aliens of Affection", "A Woman Named Drown", or "Typical". But only if you appreciate this hue of cynical dry wit. Who couldn't appreciate an author who can laugh in the face of his own existential dread-that's how we survive,thank you. They're, perhaps, busy reading the next James Patterson? I can't wait to get some more De Vries ( He wrote over 20 novels !). Enjoy.
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Wonderful, rich, complicated, and witty are just a few of the words that come to mind after reading this book. I highly recommend it.Published 11 days ago by Matthew D. Seaton
An old book that is still a great read. Especially if you are from a fundamentalist backgroundPublished 20 months ago by R.L.D.
De Vries once said he would be inspired to write a novel when he had a joke to tell, and needed to get to it somehow--his books, Like "Slouching... Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by B. Sting
De Vries was one of the most clever writers I have ever read. I read this years ago and enjoyed it all over again. I miss him!Published on November 22, 2013 by pgirl