One Way Donkey Ride

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Fiction. Many have laid claim to the legacy of Kafka, but perhaps none can be so justified as Mark E. Cull's ONE WAY DONKEY RIDE. These stories dazzle the reader-some with wit and a luminous resonance illuminating much of what is odd and captivating about human behavior. A kindergarten child takes over the class; the dead speak. We hear echoes of human follies. But in other stories we feel the deft twist of the narrator's knife as we are led too far down the rabbit hole to perceive any shining or to be quite ...
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Fiction. Many have laid claim to the legacy of Kafka, but perhaps none can be so justified as Mark E. Cull's ONE WAY DONKEY RIDE. These stories dazzle the reader-some with wit and a luminous resonance illuminating much of what is odd and captivating about human behavior. A kindergarten child takes over the class; the dead speak. We hear echoes of human follies. But in other stories we feel the deft twist of the narrator's knife as we are led too far down the rabbit hole to perceive any shining or to be quite sure in which universe we stand.
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Publishers Weekly
A young man wakes up in a strange house that is later uprooted and towed away in the title story of Mark E. Cull's collection One Way Donkey Ride; his subsequent search for another home gives new meaning to the expression "dream house." "Why I Hate Pets" explains why a gerbil might be God, and "The Red Notebook" finds a kindergarten girl taking the place of a teacher who was probably killed in an accident. These odd stories owe a surface debt to Kafka and Beckett, but for the most part the conceits are too thin and the strangeness too self-conscious to satisfy. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878580221
  • Publisher: Leaping Dog Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

The Red Notebook 1
The Dirt Farmer 13
One Way Donkey Ride 20
Morning Glory 28
Why I Hate Pets 32
Prince of the Synagogue 36
Take Me to the River 41
In the Kingdom of the Blind 51
Fish Tales 55
Mourning for Margaret 60
Something Like Jennifer 85
Appassionata 91
The Death of Peter Rabbit 97
Dylan's Child 105
The Matinee Somersault 111
Setting Fire to the Tent 119
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