Hunters and Gatherers: A Novel
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Hunters and Gatherers: A Novel

by Geoff Nicholson
     
 

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A novel about fame, collectors, and postmodern chaos.
Steve Geddes is writing about collectors and collecting. His research introduces him to people obsessed by many things, including cars, beer-cans, tape-recordings and jokes. Geddes also gets himself involved in a quest to find a cult novelist.

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A novel about fame, collectors, and postmodern chaos.
Steve Geddes is writing about collectors and collecting. His research introduces him to people obsessed by many things, including cars, beer-cans, tape-recordings and jokes. Geddes also gets himself involved in a quest to find a cult novelist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British satirist Nicholson's 1991 novel describes a writer commissioned to write a book about collectors and the various eccentrics he encounters during the course of his research. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The wacky manic collectors in this raunchy little novel, first published in Great Britain in 1991, collect all manner of things: bad jokes; unrelated bits of ency-clopedic minutiae; sounds, including sexual indelicacies and death rattles; imaginary beer cans; women's knickers; classic cars, and the men who collect classic cars. The narrator, Steve Geddes, is a writer doing a book on collectors, especially those with "unlikely, bizarre, or exceptionally useless collections." His research leads him to the Havergals, a wealthy, eccentric couple. They "collect people"; that is, she does the "collecting" while he watches-"a bout of troilism," as Geddes calls it. By accident, Geddes learns that reclusive "cult author" Thornton McCain may have written a book that Geddes hasn't heard of. Geddes the observer becomes both obsessed collector and, for the randy Havergals, object to be collected. An insightful delight from start to finish; recommended for all fiction collections.-Ron Antonucci, Hudson Lib. & Historical Soc., Ohio
Sean Sullivan
Hunters and Gatherers [is] a fabulously entertaining novel that anybody looking for a little meaning in his or her life should read, and then weep.
Michiko Kakutani
Delightful...a charming testament to the ordering influences of art. -- The New York Times
Eric Kraft
Clever, entertaining, and intriguing. -- New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879516017
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Geoff Nicholson is the author of twenty books, including Sex Collectors, Hunters and Gatherers, The Food Chain, and Bleeding London, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. He divides his time between Los Angeles and London

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