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American Goliath: Inspired by the True, Incredible Events

Jacobs, Harvey

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ISBN 10: 0312167717 / ISBN 13: 9780312167714
Published by St Martins Pr, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1997
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Title: American Goliath: Inspired by the True, ...

Publisher: St Martins Pr, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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In 1868, George Hull heard a sermon proclaiming this to be the land of Genesis and that when "There were Giants in the earth in those days, " those Giants were in America. So Hull, scion of a wealthy New York family of cigar makers, set out to prove that sermon right. Thus was born the Cardiff Giant. The tale of Goliath and his creator is a witty, raucous, and bawdy tale of American life at its finest.

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"A cheerful celebration of a big American myth...An inspired novel." -TIME

"Here in our wonderful American past you will find wonders rarely glimpsed before. Behold the greatest showman in the history of the ages! Gaze upon the ancient giant turned to stone! Marvel at our hero, as entertaining in his own way as Little Egypt! Lookup on the amazing world of Harvey Jacobs! Come one, come all, for an experience never to be forgotten!" --Fred Chappell, author of FAREWELL, I'M BOUND TO LEAVE YOU

"A fascinating picaresque novel ... stunningly inventive and charming fiction...arguably this year's best novel." --KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

"An entertaining and clever comic novel...Jacobs assembles an all-American cast of characters, who offer varied perspectives on everything from entrepreneurship to politics, sex to ambition, loyalty to dreams.... The two giants also have speaking parts in AMERICAN GOLIATH, evolving from stonish poets to eloquent commentators on the human condition." --Linda Barrett Osborne, THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

"Like the magnificent panoramas which used to travel the world depicting exemplary scenes from history, AMERICAN GOLIATH gives us detail, depth and vision. It is an old-fashioned American moral novel in the great American comic tradition. It is a wonderfully engrossing read. It is an enlightening and life-enhancing read. It is the best novel of a very fine writer and I recommend it to everyone who has given up hope of ever again being entertained at such a high level of aspiration." --Michael Moorcock, author of THE WAR AMONGST THE ANGELS

"Delightfully ribald and tongue-in-cheek account ... breathes life and magic into the P. T. Barnum era and a legendary hoax." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"If Mark Twain and Isaac Bashevis Singer went on a bender and collaborated on a novel, it would be AMERICAN GOLIATH! Harvey Jacobs's masterpiece is a bawdy, joyous romp. It's a wonderful book." --Jack Dann, author of THE SILENT

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