The Anatomy Lesson/a Novel

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A precocious American teen, Kiddo follows a drug-distorted adventure through the maze of contemporary Amsterdam while struggling to come to grips with the death of Morton, his genius older brother. By the author of A Feast of Fools.

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The first half of this resonant, witty, emotionally rich novel limns the dysfunctional relationship between the narrator, Kiddo, a half-American teen self-exiled to his father's native Amsterdam, and Kiddo's older brother, Morton, a genius inventor. Though Kiddo and Morton manage to sublimate their intense rivalry and learn to rely on each other, Kiddo feels inferior to his brilliant sibling. At 16, Kiddo loses his virginity to the mixed-up Pietje?and Morton is right there on the bed, pitching in. But Kiddo doesn't mind: "With Pietje between us, I feel equal for the first time. Triangular's not the word for a thing without corners. This is smooth and round, a perfectly circular relationship." Soon, however, Morton moves back to America and contracts cancer, leading to an astonishing set piece: a grueling description of Morton's autopsy as observed by Kiddo, Pietje and a handful of their friends. The novel's second, less compelling, half is given over to how, through Pietje and a tell-all letter from Morton, Kiddo comes to understand that although he and Morton, as Pietje says, "put on this brotherly act... deep down they hate each other's guts." Morley is a marvelous writer, and his central metaphor?the eponymous Rembrandt painting depicting an autopsy?makes the narrative reverberate with meaning. Still, one wishes that an author this talented had found less familiar angles to his characters than sibling rivalry and first love. Two photographs?not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal:

Morley's new novel, hard on the heels of The Feast of Fools (LJ 12/94), portrays half-Dutch, American-born brothers Morton and Kiddo, who have followed their divorced, modestly talented father/inventor to Amsterdam. Morton takes after dad, showing promise as an engineer, but bohemian Kiddo is more like their mother. When the story opens, Morton has died but continues to haunt Kiddo, who, it turns out, still has some of Morton's inner organs in jars at home, remnants of an autopsy a la Rembrandt's painting. Kiddo once idolized Morton, but his feelings changed when he learned that Morton tried to convince Pietje, a young woman whose bed both brothers have shared, to accompany him to MIT. When Morton's cancer provokes a confessional letter, Kiddo learns of his brother's resentment over their mother's preference for the younger son. The autopsy, witnessed by Kiddo, Pietje, and some stoned friends, is particularly chilling, as Kiddo watches each organ lifted from the body. Although perhaps too brief, this is an affecting, subtle, and complex work with faint echoes of Hawkes and Knowles.?Harold Aubenbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York
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