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Horace Afoot

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Fiction

"Quietly entertaining, thought-filled. . . . The narrative voice is

particularly congenial--cool and unflappable, often humorous."

--Washington Post Book World

Not since The Moviegoer has a first novel limned the human condition with such originality and subtle insight. A small-town iconoclast who is at once deeply principled and occasionally as absurd as the world he rebels against, Quintus Horatius Flaccus (or Horace) has assumed the name of a Roman poet and has forsworn automobiles, and entertains himself by telephoning strangers to ask them what love is or what they think of St. Bernards. His neighbors in the Midwestern town of Oblivion consider him wacko. This suits Horace just fine, since all he wants in life is "the serenity of not caring."

But people are conspiring to make Horace care about them. There's the dying librarian who finds Horace's morbid curiosity oddly bracing. There's the mysterious woman whom Horace rescues, only to become obsessed with her identity. And as Horace finds himself drawn into their affairs, Horace Afoot depicts the unruly dialogue of his mind and heart with sly wit and splendid generosity of feeling.

"Delights continuously with its humor, originality and . . . unfolding personalities." --Rocky Mountain News

Synopsis:

A literary sleeper that won admiring reviews when it was published as a small-press hardcover, this charming first novel is reminiscent of The Moviegoer in its wry humor and subtle insight.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (or Horace) has taken the name of a Roman poet, forsworn automobiles, and entertains himself by telephoning strangers to ask them what love is or what they think of St. Bernards. His neighbors in the Midwestern town of Oblivion consider him wacko. This suits Horace just fine, since all he wants in life is the serenity of not caring.

But people in Oblivion are conspiring to make Horace care about them. And as Horace becomes involved with an irascible dying librarian and a mysterious assault victim, Horace Afoot follows the unruly dialogue of his mind and heart with deadpan wit and great generosity of feeling.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375703782
Author:
Reuss, Frederick
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Middle West Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.09x5.18x.65 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375703782 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A literary sleeper that won admiring reviews when it was published as a small-press hardcover, this charming first novel is reminiscent of The Moviegoer in its wry humor and subtle insight.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (or Horace) has taken the name of a Roman poet, forsworn automobiles, and entertains himself by telephoning strangers to ask them what love is or what they think of St. Bernards. His neighbors in the Midwestern town of Oblivion consider him wacko. This suits Horace just fine, since all he wants in life is the serenity of not caring.

But people in Oblivion are conspiring to make Horace care about them. And as Horace becomes involved with an irascible dying librarian and a mysterious assault victim, Horace Afoot follows the unruly dialogue of his mind and heart with deadpan wit and great generosity of feeling.

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