Title: Deadeye Dick
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence January 1982
Publication Date: 1982
Book Condition: Fine (F)
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition
Very collectable condition. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. Satisfaction guarantee. 'Deadeye Dick, - like - Barnacle Bill, - is a nickname for a sailor. A deadeye is a rounded wooden block, usually bound with rope or iron, and pierced with holes. The holes receive a multiplicity of lines, usually shrouds or stays, on an old-fashioned sailing ship. But in the American Middle West of my youth, - Deadeye Dick - was an honorific often accorded to a person who was a virtuoso with firearms. So it is a sort of lungfish of a nickname. It was born in the ocean, but it adapted to life ashore.' Dust jacket rear photo by Jill Krementz. Has a very, very, very minimal edgewear. Bookseller Inventory # 20081204104048
Synopsis: Rudolf Waltz's principal objection to life was that it was too easy to make horrible mistakes. He was himself to become a double-murderer at the age of twelve - on Mother's Day. This would at least make subsequent mistakes seem fairly trivial. Rudolf's father, Otto Waltz, had in 1910 bought a painting in Vienna from a destitute Adolf Hitler, thereby possibly saving him from starvation for a future generation. He made the further mistake of setting himself up as an artist when he returned from Europe to Midland City, Ohio, where everyone knew Otto couldn't draw for sour apples. He had funds to indulge this grand illusion (in the splendor of a vast converted 'medieval granary' studio, reminiscent of Mount Fujiyama) because his father had made a fortune producing an opium-and-cocaine-laced quack medicine called Saint Elmo's Remedy, popularly known to be 'absolutely harmless unless discontinued'. The Waltz inheritance even stretched to a troupe of black servants, which was just as well since Rudy's mother was as disinclined to look after a home as his 'artist' father was to paint.
Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut?s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors?a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb?Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe?and who we say we are.
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