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ISBN13: 9781932416831
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Kicked out of Yale at age 14, Judd Breslau falls in with Phillips Chatterton, a bathrobe-wearing Egyptologist working out of a dilapidated home laboratory. There, young Valerie Chatterton quickly leads Breslau away from his research and into, in order: the attic, a Colorado equestrian ranch, a porn studio beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and a jail cell in southern Iraq, where we find him awaiting his own execution while the war rages on in the north. Written by a 90-year-old debut novelist, ex-Marine, two-time Oscar nominee, and co-creator of Mr. Magoo, Bowl of Cherries rivals the liveliest comic novels for sheer gleeful inventiveness. This is a book of astounding breadth and sharp consequence, containing all the joy, derangement, terror, and doubt of adolescence and modern times.

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"Nonagenarian Kaufman — twice nominated for screenwriting Oscars in the 1950s and a cocreator of Mr. Magoo — makes his fiction debut with this irresistible comic novel, a bawdy, original coming-of-age tale. Kaufman brings bright, resourceful Judd Breslau to vivid life, giving him a striving nature that always leads to trouble. After dropping out of Yale at 14, Judd moves into the crumbling mansion of nut-job Egyptologist Phillips Chatterton, where he joins a phalanx of oddball thinkers working on a quixotic project to redesign human society. A fringe benefit is Chatterton's daughter, Valerie, over whom Judd goes ga-ga. Both Judd and Valerie end up in New York, where Judd interviews with a shady corporation seeking a revolting economic opportunity in war-torn Iraq. So it's off to the hilariously backwards Coproliabad, where Judd runs afoul of the new sheikh, who wants Valerie for his queen. In fact, Judd, awaiting execution, narrates the whole book from a fetid jail cell. Kaufman's screwball sensibility, relish for language, gleeful vulgarism and deep sympathy for his characters make this novel an unprecedented joyride. Whether it's due to his being alive for 90 years or not, Kaufman's book is shot through with worldly wit and a keen sense of the humor in human foibles." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Once you reach a certain age, the appearance of yet another brilliant novel by someone barely old enough to vote is deeply irritating. It's akin to that moment when you realize while brushing your teeth before bed: 'By the time Byron was my age, he'd been dead for 10 years.'

Well, buck up. Here's a shot of adrenaline for middle-aged hopes, and it comes, of all places, from McSweeney's,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The ninety year old's inquisitiveness and tenacity shine brightly within the novel, in which he weaves words more impressively than a spider spins a web....Kaufman's writing summons the ghosts of Vladimir Nabokov and Franz Kafka." Rocky Mountain Chronicle

About the Author

Kaufman is a successful screenwriter/producer with Academy Award nominations for his screenplays. In addition, he is the creator of Mr. Magoo and has taught screenwriting at USC, UCLA, and the Sundance Institute.

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knopfile, September 12, 2007 (view all comments by knopfile)
A remarkable achievement. Wonderfully suspenseful, witty, funny, and most of all literate. You don't find this sort of writing anymore. The writer simply has an astonishing command of language. This is the sort of novel I, as an English major years ago in college, found on my "To Read" list. A must read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932416831
Author:
Kaufman, Millard
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Prisoners
Subject:
Iraq
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20.5 oz

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Product details 288 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781932416831 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Nonagenarian Kaufman — twice nominated for screenwriting Oscars in the 1950s and a cocreator of Mr. Magoo — makes his fiction debut with this irresistible comic novel, a bawdy, original coming-of-age tale. Kaufman brings bright, resourceful Judd Breslau to vivid life, giving him a striving nature that always leads to trouble. After dropping out of Yale at 14, Judd moves into the crumbling mansion of nut-job Egyptologist Phillips Chatterton, where he joins a phalanx of oddball thinkers working on a quixotic project to redesign human society. A fringe benefit is Chatterton's daughter, Valerie, over whom Judd goes ga-ga. Both Judd and Valerie end up in New York, where Judd interviews with a shady corporation seeking a revolting economic opportunity in war-torn Iraq. So it's off to the hilariously backwards Coproliabad, where Judd runs afoul of the new sheikh, who wants Valerie for his queen. In fact, Judd, awaiting execution, narrates the whole book from a fetid jail cell. Kaufman's screwball sensibility, relish for language, gleeful vulgarism and deep sympathy for his characters make this novel an unprecedented joyride. Whether it's due to his being alive for 90 years or not, Kaufman's book is shot through with worldly wit and a keen sense of the humor in human foibles." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The ninety year old's inquisitiveness and tenacity shine brightly within the novel, in which he weaves words more impressively than a spider spins a web....Kaufman's writing summons the ghosts of Vladimir Nabokov and Franz Kafka."
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