The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break

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by Steven Sherrill
     
 

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Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth that held him captive, and as many years beyond the dubious bargain that set him free, the Minotaur finds himself struggling to negotiate the American South with the body of a man and the head of a bull.

The Minotaur tries to balance the past, the present, and a looming future from behind the cooks' line at Grub's Rib,

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Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth that held him captive, and as many years beyond the dubious bargain that set him free, the Minotaur finds himself struggling to negotiate the American South with the body of a man and the head of a bull.

The Minotaur tries to balance the past, the present, and a looming future from behind the cooks' line at Grub's Rib, where his coworkers know both his skill with a chef's knife and the sometimes dangerous nature of his horns. At Lucky-U Mobile Estates, the Minotaur lives in a boat-shaped trailer and shares with his neighbors an appreciation for a quiet lifestyle and a respect for auto repairs.

Over the duration of his life, the Minotaur has roamed the earth and seen much, yet he has reaped little wisdom to help him navigate the complex geography of human relationships. Inarticulate, socially inept, tolerated at best by modern folk, he has been reduced from a monster with an appetite for human flesh to a broken creature with very human needs.

During the two weeks covered by the novel, the delicate balance tips, and the Minotaur finds his life dissolving into chaos while he simultaneously awakens to the possibility of love.

Among the characters peopling the Minotaur's world are Kelly, whose own debilitating flaw allows her affinity for the Minotaur; Sweeny, the rough-hewn but kindly proprietor of the mobile-home park; and Buddy, Sweeny's unforgettable, unlucky, randy bulldog.

<i>The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break</i> is an effortless blend of the mundane and the mythic, a unique world in which kitchen work becomes high drama and meetings between legendary creatures almost pass notice. But strangest of all in Steven Sherrill's debut novel, everything seems to make perfect sense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016199344
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
02/18/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
313
Sales rank:
375,439
File size:
723 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Sherrill, Associate Professor of English and Integrative Arts, writes, paints, teaches, and struggles with his banjo at Penn State Altoona. After receiving a welding diploma from Mitchell Community College (and the passing of a considerable amount of time) he went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction in 2002. His first novel, <i>The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break</i>, is translated into nine languages. His second novel, <i>Visits From the Drowned Girl</i>, published by Random House, U.S.and Canongate, U.K. was released in June of 2004, and was nominated by Random House for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. <i>The Locktender’s House</i>, novel number three, was released in spring 2008.

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Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Want a great ride to see how far your mind will bend to believe? This is the book that will break your reality barrier....
Jason_A_Greer More than 1 year ago
There is no other way to say it, but this is a strange book, yet really entertaining. Its premise - the mythic and ancient minotaur is now working for a low end restaurant in rural North Carolina, while living in a trailer park, is, of course, jarring. How does this massive, mythic bull / man live and work in a crummy restaurant, with a beater car and in a run down trailer park in the modern day, Carolina Piedmont, and no one he interacts with really pays much attention to how strange this is. So this is not really a fantasy story, or a myth come to life. It is really a strange journey of a very awkward man / beast, totally cut off from his world, with no one understanding him to the point that he isn't really noticed. He really was a man / god, and now he just performs utilitarian functions - grill food, fix old cars, laugh at inappropriate jokes he doesn't understand. So this is the jarring point, this total fish, or, um, man / beast out of water, who is surviving and forgetting. Through this character story, yes, you can see the world through a slightly different perspective, from really different eyes. It is entertaining, and I am really surprised that it was, but entertaining in its subtlety.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book from someone who had heard about this book and now it is one of my all time favorites, I think I'll always have a copy of this book on my bookshelf and reread it every few years. It is a book about a minotaur and he does take cigarette breaks (among other things)...it could of only been written by a poet and I'm afraid if I start to tell you more about the book I'll end up telling you everything about the book. Please read this book!
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Great story!
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DULL