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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (Jan. 28 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517703106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517703106
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #729,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Most reviewers seem to focus on whether or not this book exemplifies post-modernism and whether or not that's good or bad. Unfortunately, I've never been able to figure out what postmodernism is, so I can't help ya there.
All I know is Pynchon and Delillo just confuse me, Vollman makes me laugh but I can't figure out what the hell he's driving at, but Antrim just makes me feel good all over.
Maybe it's the way he introduces all 100 brothers, in order, in about 5 pages, and then blithely writes the rest of the book as if you're going to remember who they all are. Which is a good hook, because, who hasn't been to a social function where you get introduced to a few dozen people within 5 minutes, after which you're supposed to remember everybody?
Maybe I just identify with the hapless, socially retarded dope of a narrator who just wants everyone to get along but ends up, well, no spoilers, in a unique and singularly undignified situation.
But it's not simplistic comedy - it's a bit like one of those Borges stories where you think, "ok, this is gonna be a quick read, only 12 pages" and then you find it takes a good 2 hours to make a bit of sense of it.
Well, you could compare it to a lot of things, but that wouldn't do it justice, because the best part is, it just ain't quite like anything you've read before.
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In the course of one evening, 100 brothers--ranging in ages but all born on the twenty-third of May--congregate at their dilapidated family library for drinks, dinner, and plenty of good ol' fraternal mayhem--not to mention the ritual Dance of the Corn King. Within this frenzy is narrator Doug, a not-yet recovering alcoholic and genealogist, with a skewed and strangely odd (though the dichotomy of the absurdly surreal with the all too familiar is a bit astonishing) perspective of the night's events.
Doug is no innocent amid his brothers, who range in careers from pschoanalysts to tripping tropical botonists. The fact that the narration comes from one just as sick and perverted as the rest of the crowd guarantees plenty of hilarity throughout the entire novel, enough to cause even the stodgiest reader a couple of unexpected laughs.
This novel confirms my belief that Donald Antrim is one of the most keenly intelligent writers of contemporary fiction. His acute observations of modern life and hilarious perversions of reality are concurrently odd and fascinating. After reading "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World," and now this, I am immensely looking forward to reading "The Verificationist." Antrim is one author to look out for.
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What do you do when you can not write in depth about a subject or at least you can not depend on language to carry your work? You write a postmodern mess that carries the reader along on a wild joyride, and leaves the reader in the end with nothing but good entertainment.
This work exemplifies tendancies in contemporary fiction to not write literature as much as write anything that mocks it. If you can not write Literature, then take the necessary elements of literature(in this case plot and character) and stretch it to the extreme producing an original but utterly empty postmodern cartoon.
I give Mr. Antrim three stars for entertainment. Its a fun book. But not much else is there.
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By Kim F. Hill on Nov. 23 2001
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Donald Antrim is profoundly original, as he continues to take the novel to a new place in literature. Not always a easy read but always fun and full of insights. I do like 'The Verificationist' and 'The Elect Mr. Robinson' better, but as in all his books it is unlike any book one has ever read.Each brother gave me thoughts on myself my family and the world.I love his dark humor. I'm looking forward to his next book.
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