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Pearl's Progress

Kaplan, James

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ISBN 10: 0394500938 / ISBN 13: 9780394500935
Published by Knopf, 1989
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Title: Pearl's Progress

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Softbound

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: the uncorrected proof in white wrappers.

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Philip Pearl, an intellectual, Jewish Manhattanite, lands a teaching job in the deep South, adapts to the habits and expectations of a foreign land, and finds that the locals will do anything to keep him for the local women

From Publishers Weekly:

By turns hilarious and melancholy, this is the epitome of a first novel: its flaws are balanced by an appealing promise. Philip Pearl is a young Jewish poet from New York who ends up, almost by accident, teaching in the English department of a small university in the heart of Mississippi. Kaplan mines rich material from this vein, starting with Pearl's initial encounter with a motel desk clerk who says nothing is available "poo-sod." ("Poo-sod?" "Yessir? By the poo?") Pearl finds himself wading into the intrigues of the department and various romantic tangles, all of it drenched in the mysterious and opaque quality of the Deep South as it seems to outsiders. The book's plotting is somewhat confusedthe story builds and then collapses without sufficient explanation. But then, little that Pearl encounters can be quite explained. Kaplan's writing is crisp, authentic and brimming with originality and wit. Despite occasional lapses (the image of cars pulling out into traffic "like a parade float" appears twice, for instance) this novel heralds a bright new voice.
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