Title: Lucky Alan: And Other Stories
Publisher: Doubleday, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2015
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
1st edition/1st printing in as new, unread condition. Signed by the author on the title page. No condition problems. Mylar covered. Bookseller Inventory # 000346
Synopsis: The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine brilliant stories that prove he is a master of the short form as well as the novel.
Jonathan Lethem stretches new literary muscles in this scintillating new collection of stories. Some of these tales?such as "Pending Vegan," which wonderfully captures a parental ache and anguish during a family visit to an aquatic theme park?are, in Lethem's words, "obedient (at least outwardly) to realism." Others, like "The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear,", which deftly and hilariously captures the solipsism of blog culture, feature "the uncanny and surreal elements that still sometimes erupt in my short stories."
The tension between these two approaches, and the way they inform each other, increase the reader's surprise and delight as one realizes how cleverly Lethem is playing with form. Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes and tropes?the anxiety of influence pushed to reduction ad absurdum in "The King of Sentences"; a hapless outsider trying to summon up bravado in "The Porn Critic;" characters from the comics stranded on a desert island; the necessity and the impossibility of action against authority in "Procedure in Plain Air." As always, Lethem's work, humor, and poignancy work in harmony; people strive desperately for connection through words and often misdirect deeds; and the sentences are glorious.
The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine stories that demonstrate his mastery of the short form.
Jonathan Lethem?s third collection of stories uncovers a father?s nervous breakdown at SeaWorld in ?Pending Vegan?; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard in ?Traveler Home?; a political prisoner in a hole in a Brooklyn street in ?Procedure in Plain Air?; and a crumbling, haunted ?blog? on a seaside cliff in ?The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear.? Each of these locates itself in Lethem-land, which can be discovered only by visiting. As in his celebrated novels, Lethem finds the uncanny lurking in the mundane, the irrational self-defeat seeping through our upstanding pursuits, and the tragic undertow of the absurd world(s) in which we live.
Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes: the anxiety of influence taken to reductio ad absurdum in ?The King of Sentences?; a hapless, horny outsider summoning bravado in ?The Porn Critic?; characters from forgotten comics stranded on a desert island in ?Their Back Pages.? As always in Lethem, humor and poignancy work in harmony, humans strive desperately for connection, words find themselves misaligned to deeds, and the sentences are glorious.
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