Water Music

Water Music

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by T. C. Boyle
     
 

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Twenty five years ago, T.C. Boyle published his first novel, Water Music—a funny, bawdy, extremely entertaining novel of imaginative and stylistic fancy that announced to the world Boyle's tremendous gifts as a storyteller. Set in the late eighteenth century, Water Music follows the wild adventures of Ned Rise, thief and whoremaster, and Mungo

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Twenty five years ago, T.C. Boyle published his first novel, Water Music—a funny, bawdy, extremely entertaining novel of imaginative and stylistic fancy that announced to the world Boyle's tremendous gifts as a storyteller. Set in the late eighteenth century, Water Music follows the wild adventures of Ned Rise, thief and whoremaster, and Mungo Park, a Scottish explorer, through London's seamy gutters and Scotland's scenic highlands—to their grand meeting in the heart of darkest Africa. There they join forces and wend their hilarious way to the source of the Niger.

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"Ribald, hilarious, exotic—an engrossing flight of the literary imagination." —Los Angeles Times

"Water Music does for fiction what Raiders of the Lost Ark did for film. . . . Boyle is an adept plotter, a crazed humorist, and a fierce describer." —The Boston Globe

"High comic fiction . . . Boyle is a writer of considerable talent. He pulls off his most implausible inventions with wit, a perfect sense of timing, and his considerable linguistic gifts." —The Washington Post

Alan Friedman
''Water Music'' by T. Coraghessan Boyle is set in the decade between 1795 and 1805, it very deliberately goes about mimicking and mocking the novels of both the 18th and 19th centuries....The style of the new book is a freewheeling mixture of elegant polysyllabic rhetoric (''porcipophagic,'' ''testudineous'') with current colloquialismsThese two forms of discourse, the rhetorical and the chatty, occur in both high plot and low plot, and they occur together: ''So long, mortal coil''; ''Orestes couldn't have had it worse''; ''But hey, this is Africa, man. The eye of the needle, mother of mystery, heart of darkness.'' Humor? I'm not so sure....The intention of such writing is, I think, not precisely humor; its intention is to limn the characters of another century with the most colorless expressions of our own in order to make them recognizable, to make them look and feel like ourselves.... ''Water Music,'' while self-consciously honoring certain codes and manners of the past, goes out of its way to keep us aware that we are reading a work of our own times. -- New York Times
Library Journal
This 1981 novel was Boyle's first and he started off with a bang. Boyle said that the purpose of this title was "to reinterpret the notion of the historical novel from the point of view of a 20th-century wiseguy." With his signature bawdy humor, Boyle presents 18th-century adventurers Ned Rise and Mungo Park, who join forces to make their way to the source of Africa's Niger River. This 25th-anniversary edition sports a new intro by James R. Kincaid. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140065503
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1983
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
441,975
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.77(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Ribald, hilarious, exotic—an engrossing flight of the literary imagination." —Los Angeles Times

"Water Music does for fiction what Raiders of the Lost Ark did for film. . . . Boyle is an adept plotter, a crazed humorist, and a fierce describer." —The Boston Globe

"High comic fiction . . . Boyle is a writer of considerable talent. He pulls off his most implausible inventions with wit, a perfect sense of timing, and his considerable linguistic gifts." —The Washington Post

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