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Slight Lapse: A Novel

Chibka, Robert

Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, 1990
ISBN 10: 0393027740 / ISBN 13: 9780393027747
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Title: Slight Lapse: A Novel

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.


Signed by Author 0393027740 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the author with the following inscription in his hand: "To Dan, With fond memories & gratitude from an old spelling champ, Bob Chibka January, 1990". The recipient was Dan McCall, the author of Jack the Bear and a noted English Professor at Cornell University. Bookseller Inventory # 003490

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Synopsis: Laurence Paprika trades the bourgeois for the bohemian when he leaves his whitebread world to search for truth in New York City--a quest that entwines the metaphysical hero with a cast of similarly searching characters.

From Publishers Weekly: Although this literary debut offers a raft of bizarre characters set adrift in New York, its real star is language--the story itself is a very weak excuse for virtuosic, ultimately maddening displays of linguistic prowess. The picaresque narrative is set in motion by Laurence Paprika, who ventures to Manhattan to confirm the story of his birth (he remained attached, by umbilicus, to his mother for some time), but his self-discovery seems almost beside the point after the exhaustingly antic prose which drowns the novel. Chibka is fond of wordplay, punning, homophones, alliteration and the sound of every word: thus he offers readers every single move of a game of solitaire ("One two jack. One two five. Red five on the black six . . . ."), a page-long rendering of "This Little Piggy"--in German--and a list of 45 shades of make-up. Beyond that, he has a major character speak only in phonic Yiddish-English; those looking for the sentence "I will tell you one thing I wouldn't worry about" will find instead "Eyeful tally oo fawn tink eye foot tint foury" (translation not included). While some of the disquisitions are entertaining, others are as impenetrable as jungle brush. Comparisons to the rougher passages of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake are inevitable, but A Slight Lapse is an endurance contest with far fewer rewards.
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