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Mawdy hates The Mayor. But he loves the ladies. As...
Mawdy hates The Mayor. But he loves the ladies. As all is fair. With the right amount. Of savoir-faire. He's paid his dues. With a hat that's black. And one that's blue. He has some Momma issues. And a few enemies. But most importantly. Mawdy. Our word-proficient. Visionary. Is down for the cause. Con. Se. Quently. Carrying the water. For The Cheese.
A strikingly original poetic narrative, Splattery illustrates the timeless story of a person's internal struggle with their place in the world. Mawdy works for The Cheese, the overweight crime boss who runs the eastern section of the city. Being employed by the most powerful man in town has its privileges, but is Mawdy the master of his destiny or just a victim of an inescapable fate?
Posted June 10, 2008
Take three ounces of James Joyce, mix with a jigger of Lewis Carroll and sprinkle with a generous dash of Lynne Trusse of ''Eats Shoots and Leaves' fame. Shake to a frothy head.Pour into a frosted glass and enjoy this latest bit of literary mischief from Steven Savage. His last outing, 'La Rincorsa,' dealt with a bunch of unsavory characters from the other side of the Atlantic. This time we're stateside in the'Trop,' a crime-incubating metropolis that reeks of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our hero is a backsliding mug named Mawdy' 'dialect for 'Morty''? who works for an underworld boss of the Trop known as 'Cheese,'' 'Le Grande Fromage'? With a large cast of criminal denizens, Mawdy makes his way in the (under) world as deftly as he can, avoiding too much 'splattery' along the way. 'Splattery,' according to a glossary of terms provided by the author, is brutality held to acceptable levels of criminal behavior. 'Splattery'' marks the blazing return to American literature of the picaresque novel-- the story of a lovable rascal, a la 'Tom Jones' in the Henry Fielding eighteenth- century novel of the same name. Americans tend to make picaresque movies rather than novels. Think of any movie co-starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It's great to see some good bad boys back in print. 'Splattery' is no easy read, but the verbal pyrotechnics are eell worth the effort to keep up. There's never a run-on sentence, but the work is replete with 'run-into'sentences where the action jumps forward in leaps and bounds and keeps the reader moving at breakneck speed. The frequent use of internal rhyme to keep the pace up is worthy of Ogden Nash. In 'Splattery,' Savage keeps reminding us how much fun it is to read English, perhaps the most gymnastic of modern languages. He puts our native tongue through its floor exercises with Olympic-grade energy and enthusiasm. Read it and remember your first brush with James Joyce, Lewis Carroll and, yes, Lynne Trusse. Bravo!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.