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Watching The Body Burn

Glynn, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0394571762 / ISBN 13: 9780394571768
Published by Knopf, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed. First Edition. First edition. Signed by the author on the title page above his name. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket in a mylar protector. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000121892

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Title: Watching The Body Burn

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In a magic-realism tale of a young man coming to terms with the confusion of his Catholic boyhood, "the Boy" rethinks and reinvents the terms of his youth, from his religious upbringing to his alcoholic father

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Glyn ( The Building ) writes about a boy's nightmarish view of his father, an alcoholic physician who sets himself aflame while smoking. This grotesque scene, witnessed by the son with fascinated and unsentimental detachment, opens and closes the novel. The rest consists of short discontinuous chapters about growing upthe feisty violence of kids on the street, the games grown men play, the boy's nascent sexual awareness and preoccupation with the male body and his intense bond with his father and other paternal figures (a priest, a mob of uncles). "The Rocking Horse" traces his phallic fixation ever since a mad, nude nursemaid dangled the boy and the toy over a balcony before his horrified parents. In "Booze," the boy watches his father's crackpot drinking chums; "Golf" describes two men mangling each other in a golfclub duel; "Donkey Baseball" outlines a bizarre sport. Holding his subject up to a kind of funhouse mirror, Glyn, a nontraditional writer, conjures scenes of heightened surrealism, without losing clarity and passion.
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