By Harry Crews
Now from the writer the Washington publish e-book global calls "the darkish chronicler of human vainness and folly" comes get together. the most recent black comedy from Harry Crews is a biting, marvelous observation set in a Florida rest-home gulag the place the over-sixty-five set exams its dignity, vainness, and social safety numbers on the door.
Forever and endlessly is the aptly named retreat, populated through a motley workforce of forgotten better halves and ruined males who're looking forward to dying whereas engaged on their tans. The chief of this crew is Stump, whose misplaced arm paid for perpetually and eternally, and who believes the silent desperation that infuses the trailer park mask the truth that perpetually and perpetually is really a small piece of hell on earth.
This ironic silence is shattered via the doorway of a pretty younger bombshell. an excessive amount of is her identify, and that's precisely what she is. This jogging bonfire awakens lengthy useless appetites within the population of eternally and endlessly, reminding them of what they as soon as have been and will be back -- alive.
"Dark and infrequently surprising ... splendidly ribald and deeply humame." —Gary Dretzka, Chicago Tribune
“Crews is at his giddy, twisted best.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Shards of brilliance and of the gonzo wit that has made Crews’s recognition as a dead-on satirist.” —Karen Karbo, the hot York instances publication Review
“... a tribute to individuality and certain, to celebrating life.”—The Charlotte Observer
"...another savage satire with the standard Crewsian parts: ugly characters, weird and wonderful events, and black humor." —Library Journal
Crews is a Rabelaisian satirist who toys with the extra gothic elements of southern literature, fairly during this kinky story. Readers will understand that they've entered the world of the absurd once they meet an excessive amount of, a versatile and lusty good looks correct out of Lil' Abner, tight cutoffs, vast boobs, and all. an excessive amount of descends on a Florida trailer park referred to as eternally and eternally like a typhoon, riling each person at this purgatory for outdated individuals who are too raggedy to take pleasure in retirement yet no longer relatively damaged down sufficient for a relaxation domestic. an excessive amount of simply seduces Stump, the sour, one-handed vet who owns this miserable payment, then unceremoniously deposes him whereas stirring up long-forgotten appetites within the outdated Ones, together with her five-alarm physique and nihilistic religion in what she calls the "chance of final possibility." Crews is humorous, his plot is almost surreal, and his twiddling with our notions of excellent and evil is shrewdpermanent and interesting, yet this is often, at base, a truly foolish novel.
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