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Impossible Vacation

Gray, Spalding

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ISBN 10: 0679745238 / ISBN 13: 9780679745235
Published by Vintage Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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228 pages, author's signature on second page beneath his photograph, binding tight, small stain to the corner of a few pages at the beginning, some minor wrinkling to cover corner. Bookseller Inventory # 032138

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Title: Impossible Vacation

Publisher: Vintage Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Having detailed the agonies of writing a book in his monologue Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray now gives us the monster itself: a convulsively funny, unexpectedly moving novel about a man eternally searching for a moment of protected pleasure even as he is permanently incapable of finding it.

Brewster North witnesses his mother's madness but misses her suicide; searches frantically for enlightenment in the Poconos and zipless sex in India; suffers family ennui in Rhode Island and a nervous breakdown in Amsterdam. In the process he emerges as a hilariously complex everyman. And as Gray narrates his hero's free fall, he confirms his own stature as one of our funniest, most eccentric, and most engaging storytellers.

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"Quintessential Gray, unique in [its] rueful blend of curiosity, self-mockery and panic."

-- The New York Times Book Review

"Beautifully written, with all the visually organic wit of Gray's best monologue writing, as well as...emotional power [and] loopy nobility." -- Newsday

"An intimate, casual voice, capable of discussing anything from pornographic films to Chekhov's 'Sea Gull,' from acid trips to family holidays, with lightly ironic candor. One finishes the book impressed by how readily Gray's narrative voice transfers to the page."

-- The New York Times

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