Welcome to Mark Leyner’s America, where you can order gallium arsenide sushi at a roadside diner, get loaded on a cocktail of growth hormones and anabolic steroids, and support your habit by appearing on TV game shows. Welcome to a wildly post-Einsteinian fictional universe where the locals include a speech pathologist with a waterbug fetish, a kamikaze airline pilot, and the lead singer for Brazil’s most notoriously nihilistic samba band.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage Contemporaries Series|
|Edition description:||1st Vintage Contemporaries ed|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
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Sepctacularly absurb and entertaining writing. More densely funny than his most recent work.
I give this book four stars only because it is not the kind of thing you read if you want to be drawn into a story that makes you care about the characters... it's more like a roller coaster ride. If you like clever writing (the language is so much fun!), and a sense of the absurd, this is definitely the book for you. No one like Leyner has mastered the skill of shaping an absolutely outrageous idea into a plausible reality. I love this contradiction - and my term for Leyner's writing in this book is 'brain candy'. But like candy, too much at once can make your brain hurt - especially if you aren't used to Leyner's aggressive style. Luckily the short story format makes the book savorable, not sickeningly sweet. If you've never read anything by the author before, start with this book and read the story about the 'car bomb'.... you'll see what I mean... I've been a fan ever since.