9780679752905

Sporting Club

ISBN 10: 0679752900 / 0-679-75290-0
ISBN 13: 9780679752905
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

When James Quinn and Vernor Stanton reunite at the Centennial Club, the scene of many a carefree childhood summer, Stanton marks the occasion by shooting his friend in the heart. The good news is that the bullet is made of wax. The bad news is that the Mephistophelian Stanton wants Quinn to help him wreak havoc upon this genteel enclave of weekend sportsmen: "May I predict that this is not going to be the usual boring, phlegamatc summer?"
In this hilarious novel, Thomas McGuane launches a renegade aristocrat and a mild-man-nered fly-fisherman onto a collision course with each other and with the overbred scions of Michigan's robber barony. Escalating from practical jokes to guerrilla warfare, and from screwball comedy to mayhem worthy of today's headlines, THE SPORTING CLUB is a foray into the sclerotic heart of American machismo.


Review:

"[McGuane] has a sprightly knowing ear for dialogue, and an eye for the 'absurd', and a light fashionably cool touch that tires us only occasionally, and an obvious intelligence that has plotted this all out, crazy pranks and jokes and all, with vigor and enthusiasm."

Larry McCaffrey

Review:

"In the way it sets about conveying its vision of American life, this tight, funny, elusive and aristocratic novel reminds on one 'The Great Gatsby'....Contained within this hard, wry, thoughtful tale, is a good deal of beautiful writing about hunting and fishing. Mr. McGuane is one of the most original and interesting young novelists to have appeared in a long time."

Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review

 
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