Apeland

Apeland

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by Paul Allen
     
 
Huddled in her hot cage in a run-down roadside menagerie called Apeland, Margaret, a thousand-pound gorilla, hoots unhappily for her dead mate. Just up the road, at the taxidermist's shop, an old lady is paying for having her kitty cat stuffed. Down the road a subdivision is going up in the middle of the Florida wilderness. Men dig foundations. Poor, bored, and

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Huddled in her hot cage in a run-down roadside menagerie called Apeland, Margaret, a thousand-pound gorilla, hoots unhappily for her dead mate. Just up the road, at the taxidermist's shop, an old lady is paying for having her kitty cat stuffed. Down the road a subdivision is going up in the middle of the Florida wilderness. Men dig foundations. Poor, bored, and mosquito-bitten, they wait hopelessly for a little excitement, a fight, a hurricane--anything.

It comes when Margaret escapes into the steaming forest. The county sheriff quickly assembles a posse of local characters and leads this bizarre collection of heavily armed crazies into the palmetto and cypress jungle after the love-starved ape. Among the group are Ed Bias, the would-be hero, and his young sons; Gaylord Miller, the ketchup bottle murderer and Bias's sworn enemy; Walker, the strange taxidermist; Lennox, the animal trainer; Monroe Block, Apeland's tattered tour guide; and an assortment of odd others. Deeper and deeper into the forest they stalk poor Margaret toward a violent and tragic end.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times - Bart Paul
This is a fierce little novel. ..."Apeland" is a fine first achievement. Allen invites comparison with the best...prose writers.
. - Publisher's Weekly
Allen's characterizations of men and beast are brilliant.... An impressive and elemental first novel.
Newsweek - Peter S. Prescott
Here's a really mean story, as brutal and bloody-minded as anyone could wish. You can read it with a clear conscience because it's also a GOOD story; if necessary, you can tell your more delicate friends it's got art. Paul Allen may have the sensibility of James M. Cain, but he is ambitious in a literary sort of way.... ...inescapably brings Faulkner to mind. ...Allen writes well and often with wit.... ...expert entertainment, the best of its kind....
. - Kirkus Reviews
Allen has a clean drive and a punchy shaft--you can't mistake his palpable talent.
Chattanooga Times - Tom Horan
Allen's well-rounded novel is strikingly original. It approaches a new realm of primitive guile. ...This is a book that prompts you to look forward to future fictions of the author. Paul Allen is a writer to be observed, and to be recorded.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016665467
Publisher:
Paul Allen
Publication date:
04/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
699 KB

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Apeland 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was able to escape the dreary cold winter and have an amazing adventure in Apeland...enjoyed every page I read!
Froken_Victoria More than 1 year ago
I would have given it a zero, but that option is not available. A huge waste of three hours of my life. I did read the entire book, because i kept hoping there would be at least one paragraph to redeem this story.. Unfortunately I found nothing to be learned from the reading of this book.