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Another of Gore s raucous entertainments This anarchic semi satirical, semi surreal novel flirts with the metafictional two decades after its heyday and flings about a dozen different plots at the reader that all intersect in sometimes random and sometimes logical ways I gave up looking for the clever connective tissue between the elements fifty pages in, possibly because there isn t any Summarising the novel would also be a waste of my time, since the storylines all take various absurdist Another of Gore s raucous entertainments This anarchic semi satirical, semi surreal novel flirts with the metafictional two decades after its heyday and flings about a dozen different plots at the reader that all intersect in sometimes random and sometimes logical ways I gave up looking for the clever connective tissue between the elements fifty pages in, possibly because there isn t any Summarising the novel would also be a waste of my time, since the storylines all take various absurdist detours into fictional reality, political satire, edgy rape humour something uncommon these days wonder why , and an exhausting display of imaginative barbs that relent only when the book staggers to its bug apocalypse climax This is the sort of book most authors would write if they had the status to publish anything like Mr Vidal a completely berserk detour of the imagination unfiltered by such trivialities as audiences, readers, or marketing strategies Completely loco and hilarious Po mo Ronald Firbank Very funny at times Rosemary has been unusually kind since the hallucination in the Bistro Garden Edna s lines are now much longer that you mean dot dot question mark Rosemary has made a lot of interesting variations like For Heaven s sake, Silas, you can t mean that dot dot question mark Beryl quickly darts to the other side of the carriage, reloading her matchlock as she does, pushing the bullets in with a long stick and arranging the white powder in the pan Ros Po mo Ronald Firbank Very funny at times Rosemary has been unusually kind since the hallucination in the Bistro Garden Edna s lines are now much longer that you mean dot dot question mark Rosemary has made a lot of interesting variations like For Heaven s sake, Silas, you can t mean that dot dot question mark Beryl quickly darts to the other side of the carriage, reloading her matchlock as she does, pushing the bullets in with a long stick and arranging the white powder in the pan Rosemary is one lousy novelist, Beryl thinks, irritably, having to do all this with an eighteenth century matchlock when there are perfectly decent revolvers available in the Regency period, but Rosemary is too lazy to give an extra punch or two to the old word processor and tap one of Georgette Heyer s gems for some much needed verisimilitude First 10 pages wow So inventive and avant garde Next 30 pages hm, this isn t really all that funny and is kind of just as trashy as the stuff it s supposed to be spoofing.Rest of book WTF, Gore Vidal We re supposed to think it s funny that a female cop systematically rapes immigrant Mexicans and ultra stereotyped black men chanting give me your okra and prunes And then the immigrants gang rape her as a revenge, but she doesn t really mind because she s a good sport until they try t First 10 pages wow So inventive and avant garde Next 30 pages hm, this isn t really all that funny and is kind of just as trashy as the stuff it s supposed to be spoofing.Rest of book WTF, Gore Vidal We re supposed to think it s funny that a female cop systematically rapes immigrant Mexicans and ultra stereotyped black men chanting give me your okra and prunes And then the immigrants gang rape her as a revenge, but she doesn t really mind because she s a good sport until they try to rip her up with a knife Then she screams, and the male cop comes and rescues her but he s so turned on he makes her play dominatrix and handcuff him and almost have sex with him just seconds after the Mexican rapist attacker gang have escaped and she s, you know, bloodied and traumatised but she just flips her hair and plays along Ha ha, right And meanwhile, sadly, the other story lines are just boring Overall, nothing is funny or outrageous except all of the funny, funny raping because the world this book takes place in has no rules so there are no transgressions Anything can happen for no real good reason The police chief moves a push pin and a nonsensical law of physics is invented invoked to explain why this in turn causes the space ship it represents to move And the framing conceit about characters moving between novels and media which could have been really cool is too sloppily applied to have any meaning It s like a high school free writing exercise, or a drug fueled rant about 1970s culture that somehow morphs into Gore Vidal getting his rocks off to sick racist sexist fantasies because he can in a supposed satire He s supposed to spoofing trash, but mainly he s just glorifying and enhancing it in a really haphazard, non sequiter way I really hated it A lot And had to stop after about 100 pages because it was literally making me ill Which is too bad becuase the synopsis was so intriguing SIGH This is the most entertaining book that I have read for years Who will be the new mayor of Duluth What s inside the alien space ship that has landed in the city Who is Big John And, will Chloris Craig, the author who cannot read or write, ever discover who killed Betty Grable And whose baby is Darlene Eck carrying Can the Marchioness of Skye get the secret plans, which she has stolen, to Napoleon in Moscow These and many other important questions can only be answered by reading Gore Vidal This is the most entertaining book that I have read for years Who will be the new mayor of Duluth What s inside the alien space ship that has landed in the city Who is Big John And, will Chloris Craig, the author who cannot read or write, ever discover who killed Betty Grable And whose baby is Darlene Eck carrying Can the Marchioness of Skye get the secret plans, which she has stolen, to Napoleon in Moscow These and many other important questions can only be answered by reading Gore Vidal s eccentric DuluthThe sub plots that criss cross and interweave, often overlapping and merging, are brilliantly original The characters, who even when dead reappear in different guises, are well portrayed and behave outrageously.Vidal s humour is vibrant, radioactive, penetrating, and cutting.This is a book that I cannot recommend highly enough [ Download Kindle ] ♒ Duluth ♋ Perhaps Vidal s most outrageous novel, this is an indescribable fantasy purportedly set in the city of Duluth which, however, is near the Mexican border involving a tv show also named Duluth a parody of Dallas , a spaceship that has landed nearby, the antics of a policewoman, Darlene Ecks, much else A wild spoof of absolutely everything social pretenses, law enforcement, marriage, open marriage, racism, literature, tv, science fiction, and sex Dozens of plots perk along at an amazing paceraunchy, dirty, outrageous, rife with cliches often very funny People One of the most brilliant, most radical, most subversive pieces of writing to emerge from America in recent years The New Statesman Vidal belongs to that group of writers of our time who, precisely because they have always kept their eyes open to the disorders distortions of our age, have chosen irony, humor, comedy in other words, the whole range of literary instruments belonging to the universe of the laugh as their means of settling accounts Italo Calvino This book is completely twisted and fabulous Just when you think it can t get any stranger it does Hated thisthan I ve hated anything I ve ever read Ick. This wasn t up to my expectation. the reveiw was probalby accurate 30 years ago, not now I won t even delve into how absurdly offensive nearly every page of this novel is, as I m sure it was entirely intentional I gather this was supposed to be fraught with highly amusing, scathing commentary on the excesses of the 1980 s, but either I was too young back then to fully get in on the joke, or it s so obtuse that only the author knows it s there I hate this particular genre of postmodern fiction the perverse, incoherent driveling of dirty old men and I probably wouldn t have starte I won t even delve into how absurdly offensive nearly every page of this novel is, as I m sure it was entirely intentional I gather this was supposed to be fraught with highly amusing, scathing commentary on the excesses of the 1980 s, but either I was too young back then to fully get in on the joke, or it s so obtuse that only the author knows it s there I hate this particular genre of postmodern fiction the perverse, incoherent driveling of dirty old men and I probably wouldn t have started this had I known that s what it was going to be At least Vidal is a better writer than, say, a Nicholson Baker, so there was a layer of candy coating over this crap Maybe this shocked and scandalized the literary aesthetes of 30 years ago, but today it merely resembles bathroom wall scrawl