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Robert Coover is a midwesterner who has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative of contemporary writers of fiction. Coover likes to experiment with an abundance of differing styles. The Origin of the Brunists (1966), his first novel, is a religious parable heavily loaded with symbolism näytä lisää and mythical parallels. It deals with the rise following an Appalachian coal-mine disaster of a sect of worshipers made up of fundamentalists and theosophists whose leader, Giovanni Bruno, is less a preacher than a silent enigma. The principal analogue is apparently meant to be the founding of the Christian religion, but Coover's extensive irony requires that he reverse many of the traditional features of the Christian legend. The Universal Baseball Association (1968), Coover's most accessible novel to date, is also dominated by religious symbolism. Over the years, J. Henry Waugh, a middle-aged bachelor and accountant, has developed an elaborately structured game, which he plays with dice. His game is based on the mathematical probabilities of baseball. Every evening Henry plays his game and maintains his extensive record books. J. Henry Waugh is a surrogate for God, and the participants in his imaginary baseball league seem almost to come to life, raising as they do age-old questions about fate and free will, success and failure, games and religions. Coover's Pricksongs and Descants (1969) is a collection of 20 short pieces and a theoretical "Prologo" in which the author states his belief that contemporary fiction should be based on familiar historical or mythical forms. Most of the stories in this volume, which was well received by critics, are based on biblical episodes or classical fairy tales retold in startling new ways. The Public Burning (1977) is based on the controversial trial of the Rosenbergs. With the exception of a novel, A Night at the Movies (1992), Coover's publications in recent years have consisted mainly of shorter works, written at various stages of his career, published in limited editions to appeal to collectors. Coover is one of the founders of the Electronic Literature Organization. In 1987 he was chosen as the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. Coover is indeed one of the foremost short story writers of the postmodern period, as exemplified by the "Seven Exemplary Fictions" contained in his 1969 book Pricksongs and Descants. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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The Public Burning (1977) 682 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Pricksongs & Descants: Fictions (1969) 655 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
A Night at the Movies Or, You Must Remember This (1987) 305 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Origin of the Brunists (1966) 301 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Pinokkio Venetsiassa (1991) 267 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Spanking the Maid (1982) 222 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Noir (2010) 221 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Gerald's Party (1986) 216 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Briar Rose (1996) 207 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Ghost Town (1998) 171 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
John's Wife (1996) 155 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Huck Out West: A Novel (2017) 137 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
A Child Again (2005) 129 kappaletta
Stepmother (2004) 108 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Brunist Day of Wrath (2014) 79 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Going For a Beer: Selected Short Fictions (2018) 77 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid (2011) 36 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Romance of the Thin Man and the Fat Lady (2011) 25 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
A Political Fable (1980) 23 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds (2007) 18 kappaletta
A Theological Position (1972) 12 kappaletta
Conjunctions: 42, Cinema Lingua (2004) 11 kappaletta
La babysitter (2014) 9 kappaletta
The Enchanted Prince (2018) 8 kappaletta
Street Cop (2021) 7 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Open House (2023) 7 kappaletta
Aesop's Forest (1986) 5 kappaletta
Aesop's Forest / Plot of the Mice (1986) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Charlie in the house of rue (1980) — Tekijä — 3 kappaletta
Vampire 3 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
After Lazarus: A Filmscript (1980) 3 kappaletta
Zarzarrosa (1998) 3 kappaletta
The Waitress 3 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Nighttime of the City 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Fiction International 16.1 (1985) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Matinée 2 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Fiction International 15.2 (2006) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
A Pedestrian Accident 2 kappaletta
Seaview: A Novel (Rediscovery) 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu
The End of Books 1 kappale
Last One 1 kappale
The Convention (1982) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Heroes and Villains (1969) — Johdanto, eräät painokset681 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Avustaja — 631 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture (1991) — Avustaja — 572 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Avustaja — 550 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Avustaja — 466 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) — Avustaja — 457 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
McSweeney's Issue 16 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2005) — Avustaja — 445 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Avustaja — 369 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Avustaja — 363 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Happily Ever After (2011) — Avustaja — 303 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The New Media Reader (2003) — Avustaja — 302 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Avustaja — 278 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic Fiction (1991) — Avustaja — 261 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2006) — Avustaja — 239 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by Joseph Cornell (2001) — Avustaja — 195 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Avustaja — 165 kappaletta
The Gates of Paradise (1993) — Avustaja — 117 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
After Yesterday's Crash: The Avant-Pop Anthology (1995) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
Best SF: 1970 (1971) — Avustaja — 64 kappaletta
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Avustaja — 58 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Mammoth Book of Short Erotic Novels (2000) — Avustaja — 55 kappaletta
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta
Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (2007) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta
Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest (2015) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Ghost Writing: Haunted Tales by Contemporary Writers (2000) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Fiction International 22: Pornography & Censorship (1992) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
New American Review #4 (1968) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
American Review 22: The Magazine of New Writing (1975) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Conjunctions: 30, Paper Airplane (1998) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
American Review 25 (1976) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta

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I found this book absolutely fascinating. I am not usually one for stream of consciousness narration, but I immediately bought into Coover and his take on Huck. Even when the story got a little convoluted chronologically, I was able to keep up without issue. There is no one who is particularly heroic, although many characters play at the idea. Rather than find that depressing, I found it realistic and engaging. Characters, including Huck & Tom Sawyer, are constantly seeking their place in the world (both metaphorically and physically). Many of them, when they run out of ideas, just start making stuff up. This is what I think Coover gets completely right in taking on such canonical characters. The original books are about the same thing, just presented in a wholly different way. Rather than try too hard to make Huck sound like Huck, or Tom sound like Tom, Coover sent them seeking the same things they've always sought and everything else fell into place.… (lisätietoja)
 
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Library_Guard | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 17, 2024 |
Phew! this took some reading, but I didn't give up and struggled through till the end. Somewhere in an American city a rich guy throws a party. It is probably in a city where movie people hang out; perhaps Hollywood. These are party regulars and Gerald and his wife are on the party circuit. Nothing phases Gerald who narrates the events in painstaking detail:

None of us noticed the body at first. Not until Roger came through asking if we'd seen Ros.

It is Ros who is laying on the floor still bleeding from a knife sticking out of her chest. Somebody calls the cops, but the party goes on; everybody is out on their feet. It seems that all the men at the party have had sex with Ros at some time and tales are told. Inspector Pardew arrives looking like something out of a 1930's movie and starts his investigation and it is only when he removes the knife and hands it round for the partygoers to look at, that I realised this was going to be a blacker than black comedy. Roger hopelessly infatuated with Ros stumbles back into the room and throws himself on top of Ros: he has to be dragged off the body. The investigation goes on, more cops arrive Ros's clothes are removed pictures are taken and someone wants to re-create the crime scene, meanwhile Gerald has the hots for Allison and is searching the house to find her, while his wife is calmly preparing more food or clearing up the mess.

Gerald is constantly interrupted; either in his search for Allison or dealing with other issues. People are arriving, blocking doorways, having sex in various rooms, Geralds young son is wandering around and a teenage girl is desperately wanting to have sex with Gerald, the upstairs toilette is blocked and one of the women can't stop poohing, people are trying to clean her up. There are more murders and something is going on in the basement, but Gerald can't get down there. He lurches from one crisis to another never managing to see anything through. His house is wrecked, people are stealing things and he hardly bats an eye and one of the cops hands him a gun to finish off one of the guests who has been shot, but is taking too long to die.

The party seems to go on forever; 330 pages of forever and I found it an exhausting read. There are graphic descriptions of bodily functions and different types of sexual intercourse, police brutality of course and extreme drunk behaviour. I get the black comedy and the irony of rich people behaving very badly and in many ways it is a brave and technically impressive novel which sometimes lurches into social commentary, but just not for me and so 3 stars.
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baswood | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 7, 2024 |
An enduring classic for anyone who has every spent hours rolling the APBA dice (or Strat-O-Matic, etc.) Accountant J. Henry Waugh has become so immersed in the baseball simulation he has created that then when the unthinkable--an extremely rare play--occurs, well...let's just say it gets weird from that point. Truly brilliant and unique. I suppose this could be about any obsession, but there's really no obsession like a baseball simulation, is there? :-)
 
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datrappert | 14 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 30, 2022 |
1st UK edition, added mylar jacket wrapper. Purchased after Kevin Goldstein mentioned it in a fangraphs chat, and it sounded vaguely familiar.

I am certain I read this during my 'living at the library' stage - maybe 10 to 15 years old? There is some mush in the middle at an imaginary wake, and the concluding chapter is very weird as in the future the simulation seems to take over the novel.

That said, a fun, fast read.
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