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Year of the Rhinoceros
     

Year of the Rhinoceros

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by Michael Neff
 

Reality has begun to show its age, have you noticed? Joe has.

Calamity Joe is the pen name of the mysterious narrator in a new kind of poetry collection. Spending his days in a lab, talking to mice & microbes, he will soon be the last living member of his family. More and more life seems to hint at its syntax and Joe feels that he can just make out the page he

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Reality has begun to show its age, have you noticed? Joe has.

Calamity Joe is the pen name of the mysterious narrator in a new kind of poetry collection. Spending his days in a lab, talking to mice & microbes, he will soon be the last living member of his family. More and more life seems to hint at its syntax and Joe feels that he can just make out the page he inhabits. Drastic measures are called for, but for what?

Poet Brendan Constantine hasn't crafted another \u201cnovel in verse,\u201d but a secret life revealed by poetry. Open it anywhere and be rewarded with poems that stand alone; read it from the beginning and discover the deeper context that ties every image together. As with his previous collections, Constantine employs countless approaches to poetry and no single style dominates. Looking through Joe's eyes we understand that life has no single story, that love is not a single feeling, and that consciousness may be an act of sheer will.

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Rollicking prose, sharp observations, and a sureness of form make M. B. Neff's Year of the Rhinoceros a brilliant debut--a heartfelt novel of disillusionment and its consequences. 

Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way and I Looked Alive

Year of The Rhinoceros accurately portrays a important period in American political history wherein the struggle for democracy took a wrong turn--one we've yet to come out of.  In this current era of revisionism and injustice, the truth needs to be told.

Thomas Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Year of the Rhinoceros is a compelling, utterly original novel that savagely and hilariously explores what went wrong in this country a couple of decades ago, and that keeps going wrong even now.  Neff is a raucous new voice in American literature.

Robert Olen Butler, author and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Michael Neff’s debut novel is a stunning performance—a book that puts me in mind of Mark Twain after a ten year prison term locked in a cell with Laurence Sterne.

Robert Bausch, author

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597091374
Publisher:
Red Hen Press
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Year of the Rhinoceros 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Year of the Rhinoceros combines political mystery, muckracking exposé and haunting psychological portraiture in a fascinating exploration of the corruption of 1980s Washington, DC. As our hero, idealistic young Reagan appointee Manny Eden, faces the hypocritical machinery of his new employer, the Office of Whistleblower Counsel, we are taken on a whirlwind tour of the world of powerbrokers and their victims, a magically-rendered Washington that manages to seduce even as it repulses, and the increasingly traumatized imagination of Manny himself. The novel should appeal not only to those who are interested in the dirty reality of doing business in our nation's capital, but also to fans of complex psychological journeys and just plain beautiful prose. I strongly recommend Year of the Rhinoceros.