Jungle Wedding

Jungle Wedding

by Joseph Clark
     
 

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An electrifying debut collection by an ultra-contemporary and startlingly talented new writer.
Few writers of fiction have demonstrated so early in their career such a firm grasp of the forms disaster can take as Joseph Clark does in Jungle Wedding. Fewer still have been able to balance their unnerving feeling for apocalypse with an equally unerring sense of the

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An electrifying debut collection by an ultra-contemporary and startlingly talented new writer.
Few writers of fiction have demonstrated so early in their career such a firm grasp of the forms disaster can take as Joseph Clark does in Jungle Wedding. Fewer still have been able to balance their unnerving feeling for apocalypse with an equally unerring sense of the possibilities for grace and transcendence, however provisional.
In the title story a cutting-edge video artist is hired to document a shamanistic New Age wedding ceremony deep in the Central American jungle — and gets far more than he bargained for. In "Public Burning" a sociological experiment in the study and surveillance of an "average" American spirals down into a literally incendiary conclusion. "Wild Blue" is a tour de force narrative of one man's collision with the scarily dysfunctional American armed forces of the 1970s.
Other stories in Jungle Wedding hold out possibilities for communion, reconciliation, and absolution. In "Revenge" emotional rescue for a psychologically besieged divorcée arrives in the form of a clearly too-young lust object, while "Oasis" stages a haunting father-daughter reunion in terrain reminiscent of a Sam Shepard play. Whatever his subject, Clark stakes out his territory with an imaginative authority and vigor of language that is truly exciting.

Editorial Reviews

William Cobb
It's as if the stories were preachy documentaries on the vanities of ridiculous American, yet somehow they convey a nagging sense of hypocrisy.
New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen stories about strange goings-on from the depths of the jungle to the house next door, serve as a hip but not particularly hypnotic debut collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393341904
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Jonathan Lethem
Clark's mordant satires are brilliantly fresh. His eye delights in the exact texture of banal disaster, his ear in the tone of late-night channel feeds and rueful, interpersonal spin-doctoring.
Thom Jones
An often hilarious, yet terrifying new voice in fiction. Clark's language is electric, a rare and lucidly constructed collection.

Meet the Author

Joseph Clark lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, the poet Aliki Barnstone. A graduate of Bennington College, Clark has published stories in Story, GQ, Playboy, and Zoetrope.

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