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by Harry Crews

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Female bodybuilding competition is the background for a tale of ambition, success, and failure. Shereel Dupont, a leading contender, has been trained to a fine-tuned perfection by Russell Morgan. At the Ms. Cosmos contest Shereel is confronted by her past as Dorothy Turnipseed--mother, father, sister, two brothers, and a former lover from the backwoods of Georgia. Bawdy humor is generated by the Turnipseed family, and conflict is supplied by Marvella, a big black woman who is Shereel's only real competition. The interplay among the leading characters is propelled with lean prose and dialog to an ending that is as shocking as it is inevitable. Not as powerful or controlled as the author's A Feast of Snakes ( Atheneum, 1987. pap.) or as surrealistic and fascinating as The Knockout Artist (LJ 4/15/88), this is still a taut, readable book that the author's fans will savor. First serial, Playboy . -- Robert H. Dona hugh, formerly with Youngstown & Ma honing Cty. P.L., Ohio

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Body 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Clampy More than 1 year ago
Crews seldom fails to disappoint, and Body is just what you'd expect...insanity at the pinnacle of grotesque beauty.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent tale written by a southern giant...yee haw...Nail Head, Marvella, Sharvella, and Vanella...does this say sumtin' here...eeeeeyah!...