Chuck Rosenthal Loop's Progress

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Loop's Progress

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Traces the coming of age of Jarvis Loop, who grows up in an urban working class neighborhood that has deteriorated to near-slum conditions

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Loop's Progress is an uproarious novel about coming of age that reflects the gritty reality of modern urban America. Through a narrative that loops and winds with the elliptical brilliance of Gabriel Garcia Márquez, and the wacky logic of John Kennedy Toole, Loop's Progress charts the story of Jarvis Loop's youth and adolescence in a working-class neighborhood that has deteriorated until it is little more than a slum. The memorable cast of characters includes Red, Jarvis's larger-than-life father, who dominates his family with his warmth and incipient violence; Jarvis's mother, Helen, who keeps a bevy of religious statuary in her living room; Neda, his 300 pound sister, who devours books as fast as she does chocolate; and an entire original assortment of strange neighbors and stranger friends.

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Rosenthal makes a brave debut in this original novel. A family history set in the 1940s and '50s in a deteriorating neighborhood in Erie, Pa., the book is narrated by Jarvis Loop Jr. in a veritably loopy, roundabout manner. His father, Red, is a larger-than-life working man with both a violent and a soft streakhe fears nothing and terrorizes his family and his neighbors out of contrariness. Jarvis's mother has retreated into a confused religious fanaticism, while other assorted family members discover their own forms of escape from the ghetto. Jarvis's voice is acerbically funny; like a slow-acting acid, the humor comes first, the pain of disintegration second. At times hard to follow because it skips around chronologically, this novel will leave a mark; the characters are toughly philosophical and memorable. And Rosenthal hasn't closed off his loop; he is at work on a sequel, which will with luck make things clearer, or perhaps, as he intends, still more provocatively confused.
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