Book by Silvis, Randall
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Spare, poignant, sometimes very funny short novel about a gentle bemused man striving to hold onto hope and human bonds and outwit despair; by the author of the mystery An Occasional Hell (1993), etc. Death haunts, or bops, or entices through this quirky, unpretentious exploration of human weakness and mortality. Donald (a photographer who once captured perfect moments of natural beauty), now in his 40s, can't view people or the world without seeing inevitable outcomes of disaster and decay. His 15-year-old son Travis (star student, star athlete, good citizen) is the perfect child--except for his repeated suicide attempts. (No, Travis isn't depressed like Dad; he thinks death is beautiful, a transcendent achievement to add to his list of accomplishments.) Donald has two admitted needs: to protect the people he loves and to find someone to talk to. Who? His beloved wife seems comfortable with the world. His fundamentalist mother-in-law is sufficiently gloomy, but apocalyptic rather than sad. His mean mistress is obsessed with her own corporate success. His closest surviving friend is dying of cancer, a tawdry and arousing experience the friend prefers to go through alone (though he likes to describe the sensations on Donald's phone machine tape). Meanwhile, down in his darkroom, Donald unburdens himself to the projected image of his dead best friend (who has, alarmingly, begun to answer). There will be some uplift in store for this man with a full heart and hyperawareness of limits. A small celebration of human love that never denies unhappy realities: the satire, irony, and exaggeration entertain without undercutting genuine emotion. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Donald's friend Jerry dropped dead of a heart attack while parasailing on a honeymoon with wife number five. His friend Wright is in hiding, seeking to come to grips with the news that he (Wright, that is) is dying of prostate cancer. His son Travis repeatedly attempts to commit suicide; his mistress is a control freak; and his married life isn't so hot right now either. "The drum major of despair," Donald views life as "a novel of misfortune... accidents and errors, opportunities missed, dreams lost, faith as diffuse as the smog." Out of this bleak material, the author of An Occasional Hell (Permanent Pr., 1992) has molded a goofy, sly, poking novel that could be one of the funniest books of the year. It is about human resilience as much as human oddness, and its message is ultimately upbeat. Highly recommended.
- David Keymer, California State Univ., Stanislaus
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Book Description Permanent Press (NY), 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover with dust jacket. Stated First Edition. 1st printing (no later printings indicated). no markings. Ships in a box. Fast shipping from NYC!. Bookseller Inventory # 0802200913
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