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Lights Out in the Reptile House

Shepard, Jim

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ISBN 10: 0393027848 / ISBN 13: 9780393027846
Published by Norton, 1990
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First Edition (first printing). The third novel by the author of FLIGHTS and LOVE AND HYDROGEN, a dystopian political fable as a young boy tries to hold on to his innocence while an authority figure leads him down a dark path. Near Fine/Fine -- very light foxing to the end papers. Signed by Shepard on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 71254

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Title: Lights Out in the Reptile House

Publisher: Norton

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Coming of age in a country reminiscent of Nazi Germany, Karel Roeder grapples with the conflicting forces in his life--the drumbeat of the fascist authority, and his girlfriend Leda, who tempts him into a world of forbidben thought.

From Publishers Weekly:

By the author of Flights and Paper Doll , this is a grim, frightening coming-of-age novel set in a contemporary police state reminiscent of both South Africa and Nazi Germany. Amateur herpetologist Karel Roeder divides his time between working at the zoo, housekeeping for his melancholic unemployed father, and dreaming of Leda, the beautiful and strong-willed girl next door. Against a backdrop of steadily increasing propaganda and violence, Karel works hard to remain unnoticed. But his father disappears, the zoo is taken over by government forces, and Leda grows increasingly intolerant of the murderously repressive regime. When Kehr, a seductively capable and strong-willed Civil Guardsman, is billeted in Karel's house and tries to induct him into service, Karel must decide between personal safety and political ideals, between filial loyalty and erotic love. Gruesome scenes of physical torture add credibility to this nightmarish, politically charged novel in the tradition of George Orwell's 1984.
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