The Four Fingers of Death: A Novelby Rick Moody
Montese Crandall is a downtrodden writer whose rare collection of baseball cards won't sustain him, financially or emotionally, through the grave illness of his wife. Luckily, he swindles himself a job churning out a novelization of the 2025 remake of a 1963 horror film, The Crawling Hand. Crandall tells therein of the United States, in a bid to regain/b>
Montese Crandall is a downtrodden writer whose rare collection of baseball cards won't sustain him, financially or emotionally, through the grave illness of his wife. Luckily, he swindles himself a job churning out a novelization of the 2025 remake of a 1963 horror film, The Crawling Hand. Crandall tells therein of the United States, in a bid to regain global eminence, launching at last its doomed manned mission to Mars. Three space pods with nine Americans on board travel three months, expecting to spend three years as the planet's first colonists. When a secret mission to retrieve a flesh-eating bacterium for use in bio-warfare is uncovered, mayhem ensues.
Only a lonely human arm (missing its middle finger) returns to earth, crash-landing in the Arizona desert. The arm may hold the secret to reanimation or it may simply be an infectious killing machine. It's crawl through the heartbroken wasteland of civilization is recorded in this stunningly inventive, sometimes hilarious, monumental novel.
Moody's powers of invention, his ease in his own prose, his ability to develop interesting charactersin short, his enormous gifts as a writerare on full display here. And when he wants to write a gorgeous paragraph, he delivers as you know he can, even when he's still spoofing."Clancy Martin, The New York Times Book Review"
A grab bag of sardonic fun."The Dallas Morning News"
Moody's foremost accomplishment....Moves with unapologetic swagger, as it flaunts the extremes of storytelling."John Domini, Bookslut"
As pulpy... as The Four Fingers of Death might sound, it's oddly something sweeter and more profound."Associated Press"
Comic, grim, tender and masterful."Bloomberg"
Sci-fi as only Moody could write itin turns touching and outrageous.""Very Short List," The Observer"
700-plus pages of wacky, wonderful imaginings."More "
Entertaining and often poignant."The New Yorker
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Meet the Author
THE FOUR FINGERS OF DEATH is Rick Moody's ninth book. He has received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY.
- New York, NY
- Date of Birth:
- October 18, 1961
- B.A., Brown University, 1983; M.F.A., Columbia University, 1986
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The Four Fingers of Death is a lengthy book. It actually is three stories in one. The first which begins and ends the book is about Montese Crandall who in the near future has one the right to write the novelization of the sci-fi classic "The Crawling Hand". (Okay, they think it is a classic in the year 2025). And we find out the importance of why he needs to write this book. The rest of the book is the story he supposedly wrote. It is split into two sections - Book one explains the Mars voyage and which I enjoyed as it was detailed and stimulating. Classic science fiction. Book Two is the story of the return to earth where only a human arm has crashed landed and may be infected and cause the destruction of human kind. This part was humorous horror to say the least, but didn't grab me as much as the first book. With over 700 pages it took me awhile to get through this one.
This book has absolutely no good qualities. The only thing positive that can be said is that it is a cure for insomnia. The jacket notes compare it to "Slaughterhouse-Five". Moody is no Kurt Vonnegut! If you must have a copy, you can find mine in the city dump. Tomorrow is garbage day.