Table Legs

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He doesn't have his brother's height for basketball, nor his brother's theatrical good looks and social graces. But he has two gifts that can help him find trouble. One is his highly developed sense for "the fascination of what's difficult." The other is a keen appreciation of what used to be called "low life," and is probably the same as life.A busboy, he invents an ideal: "The Heifetz of Busboys." In his mind he works out the appropriate discipline for such a paragon, to that he may achieve balletic precision ...
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He doesn't have his brother's height for basketball, nor his brother's theatrical good looks and social graces. But he has two gifts that can help him find trouble. One is his highly developed sense for "the fascination of what's difficult." The other is a keen appreciation of what used to be called "low life," and is probably the same as life.A busboy, he invents an ideal: "The Heifetz of Busboys." In his mind he works out the appropriate discipline for such a paragon, to that he may achieve balletic precision of movement, a soldierly, musicianly "attack," and courtesy exquisitely honed for cutting away the crass assumptions of flesh and blood. And in an actual crisis, a set-piece of real-life restaurant battle, he shows generalship of the highest order and a tact that would put his shining brother to shame.Again, where Ishmael said, "The whale ship was my Harvard and Yale College," he can say, "The pool room was my education for life." For he has apprenticed himself to the pool player's art under masters who show no indulgence because their ideal - sometimes achieved in reality - is to transcend physics through the spirit. After just such a miraculously privileged performance, in the stillness that follows a miracle, one of those heroes announces, "All I want is one session of nine-ball with God."The dramatic interest of the passages-at-arms in the pool room, the description of a world of losers, some of who elects to face the world without a safety-net - all this adds up to an extraordinary literary debut. (53/4 X 83/4, 196 pages)
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Andy Hessel, the narrator of this short first novel, is a high school student who spends every free minute in pool rooms on Manhattan's Upper West Side and 14th St. He runs with a pretty mean crowd of cue-pushers, dudes with names like Table Legs, Killer Diller, Hats Gonzalez, Rebel and Cigar Bill. But these characters are nearly interchangeable, and not even the mystique of pool can rescue this tepid walk on the wild side. Andy is hounded by his solicitous father; he's haunted by the death of Scorpio, a pal who gets jumped by a bunch of toughs; he makes out with girlfriend Maria but remains confused about sex. As a coming-of-age novel, the story goes nowhere. It's really about shooting pool, which, as the promo notes, has been one of the author's favorite pastimes. Spoiled by its callow, priggish narrator, this half-baked fable will appeal mainly to pool players and others who fondly remember New York City's bygone days of billiard glory. Dec.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558217980
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196

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