Overview

X Out of Wonderland is a farce, modeled after Candide, that takes on the Global Free Market and just about every other aspect of contemporary life. Outrageous and poignant by turns, X is a satire with heart, and an intense and funny reading experience.

X, the novel’s decent and brave protagonist, maintains his optimistic pursuit of love and The Good Life even as a string of catastrophies brutalize him through a series of misadventures that ...
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X out of Wonderland

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Overview

X Out of Wonderland is a farce, modeled after Candide, that takes on the Global Free Market and just about every other aspect of contemporary life. Outrageous and poignant by turns, X is a satire with heart, and an intense and funny reading experience.

X, the novel’s decent and brave protagonist, maintains his optimistic pursuit of love and The Good Life even as a string of catastrophies brutalize him through a series of misadventures that take him around the world. While pointing up the absurdities of our own times, X Out of Wonderland also shows clearly the universal predicament of all humans in all cultures in all times: the need to find meaning and dignity in our lives despite the certainty of death and suffering. The story makes clear that despite our folly, we’ve got a few things going for us: faith, hope, love, and the capacity to endure.
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Editorial Reviews

James Duncan
If Lewis Carroll covered international trade for the Wall Street Journal, if Lemony Snicket wrote an exposé of the World Trade Organization, if Swift replaced Rukeyser on Wall $treet Week and de Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince replaced Lou Dobbs on Moneyline, the result would not be stranger or more fun to read than David Cates’s send-up of ‘free trade.’
William Kittredge
In X Out of Wonderland, God speaks but doesn’t give away any secrets. This is Candide in Kafka-land, David Cates’s stunning modernist take on our culture (the glories of the Global Free Market), along with his intimate regard for folks enduring their condition while loving one another anyway.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014593304
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 150
  • File size: 85 KB

Meet the Author

David Allan Cates is the author of three previous novels: Hunger in America, a New York Time Notable Book, X Out of Wonderland and Freeman Walker, both Montana Book Award Honor books. He is the 2010 recipient of the Montana Arts Council Innovative Artist Award. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, and he his non-fiction in the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, Outside, The Montanan, and other magazines.
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