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Pete Robinson never meant to suggest the drawing-and-quartering of mayor Kunkel, although he did mention that Toyotas and Subarus might make excellent substitues for horses. But, after all, the fact that Mayor Jim Kunkel had first fired Stinger missiles into the Botanical Garden reflecting pool, massacring innocent picknickers, did require some kinds of response. In this lovely seaside community, Turtle Pond Park is stocked with claymore mines and most houses are fronted by moats swimming with water moccasins or pits filled with wooden spikes.

Amid all this bedlam, Pete Robinson, former third-grade teacher and amateur medievlist with a 1:32 scale model Inquisition-era interrogation chamber in his basement, has an epiphany: he should run for mayor. Here, in Donald Antrim's first novel, are the elements that have made him one of the most critically acclaimed writers of our day: the unerringly astutue and skewed observations, the precise and brilliant language, and the uncanny ability to create wildly funny narrative out of the margins of our culture.

Review:

"[A] dark, suburban fantasy... richly funny, even whimsical, and bizarrely familiar." The New Yorker

Review:

"Entertaining and mischievously imagined....Antrim is a wonderful, truly original comic writer." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"This hilarious work is written without chapters, a lucid stream-of-consciousness that unfolds in a matter of days....Antrim is a master of language — fluid metaphors and exquisite profanity roll from his pen with equal grace." Natalie Taylor, SL Weekly

Review:

"While definitely not a mainstream work, this first novel should be seriously considered for its cutting-edge approach." David W. Henderson, Library Journal

Review:

"A glorious piece of gallows humor...A morgent, morbid surburban gothic about the primative animal seething and roaring just to meet the social skin...rendered with a flawlessly controlled irony that's black as midnight and dry as bone. A georgeous full-frontal assult on 'family values' and all such camp." Patrick McGrath

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140231021
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Antrim, Donald
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.76x5.08x.55 in. .38 lbs.

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture

Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World
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Product details 192 pages Viking Penguin - English 9780140231021 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] dark, suburban fantasy... richly funny, even whimsical, and bizarrely familiar."
"Review" by , "Entertaining and mischievously imagined....Antrim is a wonderful, truly original comic writer."
"Review" by , "This hilarious work is written without chapters, a lucid stream-of-consciousness that unfolds in a matter of days....Antrim is a master of language — fluid metaphors and exquisite profanity roll from his pen with equal grace."
"Review" by , "While definitely not a mainstream work, this first novel should be seriously considered for its cutting-edge approach."
"Review" by , "A glorious piece of gallows humor...A morgent, morbid surburban gothic about the primative animal seething and roaring just to meet the social skin...rendered with a flawlessly controlled irony that's black as midnight and dry as bone. A georgeous full-frontal assult on 'family values' and all such camp."
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