The Road To Wellville

Boyle, T. Coraghessan

Published by Viking Press, 1993
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New York. 1993. Viking Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 30. 476 pages. May 1993. hardcover. Cover: Tom Nikosey. Signed by The Author. 0670843342. keywords: December 2. inventory # 32749. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The year is 1907, and the boom town of Battle Creek Michigan, is attracting a formidable array of visitors - the rich, the preposterously rich, and the merely famous, from California, Chicago, New York and even Europe. What draws them to this place? And what inspires them to trade in their steaks and oysters, their martinis and champagne for a diet of bran and yogurt and a regimen of five enemas per day? Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, of course, inventor of the corn flake, peanut butter, and the coffee substitutes that have ruined so many a bright morning, the man whose dietary wisdom is at your disposal in this comic masterpiece by T. Coraghessan Boyle. THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE overflows with a Dickensian cast of characters – all in search of the magic pill to prolong their lives, or the profit to be had from manufacturing it. The hapless hero of this pursuit is Will Lightbody, a man with an undiagnosed stomach ailment whose only sin is loving his wife too much. For Eleanor Lightbody, despite her upper-crust credential, her capacity and beauty, is a health nut of the first stripe, and when she travels to Dr. Kellogg’s ‘Temple of Health’ to live out the vegetarian ethos with a vengeance, so too does poor Will. Boyle’s amazing novel offers much more than a cure for pernicious maladies – it will make you howl with delighted recognition as you discover the root and basis for the catechism of today’s food police. It will also give you a look at the boom industry that made the little burg of Battle Creek known around the world, and introduce you to the hustlers and confidence men who came to town to profit from the public’s credulity. And it will give you adventure along with a good dolop of comic instruction in the mysteries of the prescriptive diet and the evils of sex (Dr. Kellogg believed in abstaining – for life). Boyle has been compared with Faulkner, Garcia Marquez, Dickens, and Evelyn Waugh. Imagine a amalgam of them all, overlaid with the wicked modern comic sensibility that has made this flamboyant author the rising star of American literature. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The latest novel by the author of World's End focuses on the great American breakfast food and exotic enema craze of 1907 to comment on the national quest for health and longevity. 100,000 first printing. First serial Rolling Stone. BOMC. Tour.

About the Author: T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE was born and raised in New York's Hudson Valley and now lives near Los Angeles. He is the author of several novels and short story collections. His 1987 novel, World's End, won the PENlFaulkner Award.

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Title: The Road To Wellville
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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