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Title: A Clod of Wayward Marl
Publisher: Tuscon, Arizona, U.S.A.: Dennis McMillan Pubns, 2001, Tuscon, Arizona, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
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Book by Rick DeMarinisFrom Booklist:
Hard-drinking, unlettered Guido Tarkenen writes "trash for cash." So, as a visiting writer in the English department at La Siberia Tech, the modestly successful creator of novels that "rut and cut, toot and shoot" is out of step with academic PC, colleagues who worship Smollett, and students who mouth postmodern gibberish. Guido's element is losing a barroom fight that begins in a disagreement over the relative merits of dental floss and water Piks. Of course, the English department is in emotional meltdown over rumors that the university is being sold to an Asian high-tech firm that will jettison the liberal arts. But as even the wildest rumors seem to be coming true, faculty members start to die, and Guido is drawn into comic-book academic surreality. This is a big, messy, often hilariously funny novel that skewers every subject it touches; it is a plausible speculation, incidentally, that Guido is modeled on James Crumley, the much-respected crime novelist who is known for his bull-in-a-china-shop act as a visiting writer. DeMarinis has been writing funny, angry, and over-the-top literary novels and short stories for 25 years, to critical acclaim but limited reader recognition. Here's hoping his first "detective" novel will turn him into an "overnight" sensation. Thomas Gaughan
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