The Sporting Club
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New York. 1968. Simon & Schuster. 1st Printing. Some Foxing & A Few Very Small Stain Marks On Side Edge, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 220 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 7549. FROM THE PUBLISHER - THE SPORTING CLUB is an extraordinary first novel. It marks the debut of a young writer of authentic literary gifts - a distinctly American writer with a hard; elegant style, a gift for explosive comedy, and the intelligence and craft of a born novelist. THE SPORTING CLUB has a sense of fable and a feeling for American regional color that recall Faulkner, some of the finest descriptive writing about the outdoor life since Hemingway's early stories, and a comic ferocity that goes beyond such modish labels as black, white, absurd. It's an original, fully charged, tremendously sly work of art. The scene is a venerable hunting and fishing club up in Michigan during the summer of its centennial celebration. Two young men resume a long-standing and destructive competitive friendship. One is something of a country gentleman recently (and uncertainly) converted to the family business. The other is a baroque American aristocrat, a renegade, given to fits of diabolical energy. Their natural and common antagonists are the eminent descendants of the club's founding fathers, who pride themselves on a weekend devotion to the blood sports and hold the fort against the encroachments of the local riffraff. Into their midst comes a red-necked hulking purveyor of fish bait - and his friends, a crew of motorcycle hillbilly degenerates. The Rabelaisian catastrophe that ensues lies beyond our wildest dreams. Some Foxing & A Few Very Small Stain Marks On Side Edge, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 7549
Title: The Sporting Club
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1968
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