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National Anthem is about...
why the United States should annex Canada,
how very rich corporations got that way,
the perils of (even innocent) infidelity,
why you should avoid college reunions,
the best way to scramble eggs,
what color God is,
the revenge of the long-suffering Apachaho Indians,
how to run your own private army, and - like that.
National Anthem is performed by...
Christopher Kwait, known as Kit, who is:
a pillar of the community,
a paragon of decorum,
on excellent terms with everyone he knows,
without a trauma to his name - and monumentally hung up over his total adjustment to life. He pays allegiance to no hero, no cause, no enterprise, no institution. It is time, he decides, to change his being, to abandon contentment - to live.
National Anthem's chorus includes...
Shag Shaughnessy, big mouthed barkeep turned soldier of fortune;
Gibby Good, mousy assistant professor, on sabbatical to complete a seminal work tentatively titled The New Dionysian Ego;
Connie Capehart Colton, wonderful and marvelous graduate student, classical guitarist, kite flyer, and hubcap stealer;
Leonard Lifeline, crass skyscraper-building mogul and tireless gatherer of certified art masterpieces, and his decorative wife, Cynthia;
Pat Pratt, police detective and moonlighting proprietor of a rug-cleaning establishment,
and many more oddballs, lovable or otherwise.
National Anthem is: an angst-defying rampage, an orgy of irreverence, and rather a funny novel in the egotistical author's opinion.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
"National Anthem is a funny, sardonic book,pertinent to a world in which the creation of outrageous comedy is oneof the few responses left to a sane man. By this test, Richard Kluger is clearly sane. He also has at his command an admirable gift for comicinvention.... Like all truly comic writers, Kluger is involved in seriousbusiness.... National Anthem is Kluger's personal statement. It is an admirable one."
-- Kenneth Lamott, Chicago Tribune
"...Good satire and good fun, though not good clean fun in the strictestsense, but what raises this book above the many like it is that Klugerhas what so many of the current satirists lack - good taste. He doesn'tshock indiscriminately, and he always writes well. The truth beneath the satirical surface may seem improbable, but it is far from impossible."
-- John Greenya, Washington Star
"Mr. Kluger writes smoothly in the first person and the present tense, with much comic hyperbole."
-- The New Yorker
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