|Author: Harry Crews|
|Crews brings to life a world of has-beens, ruined men, forgotten wives--and the ebullient woman who is out to save them all--in this darkly hilarious novel centered in a gruesome Florida retirement community with peculiar residents.|
From the Publisher:
Crews brings to life a world of has-beens, ruined men, forgotten wives--and the ebullient woman who is out to save them all--in this darkly hilarious novel centered in a gruesome Florida retirement community with peculiar residents.Now from the author the Washington Post Book World calls "the dark chronicler of human vanity and folly" comes Celebration. The newest black comedy from Harry Crews is a biting, brilliant commentary set in a Florida rest-home gulag where the over-sixty-five set checks its dignity, self-esteem, and social security numbers at the door.
Forever and Forever is the aptly named retreat, populated by a motley crew of forgotten wives and ruined men who are waiting for death while working on their tans. The leader of this group is Stump, whose lost arm paid for Forever and Forever, and who believes the silent desperation that infuses the trailer park masks the fact that Forever and Forever is truly a small piece of hell on earth.
This ironic silence is shattered by the entrance of a beautiful young bombshell. Too Much is her name, and that is exactly what she is. This walking bonfire awakens long dead appetites in the inhabitants of Forever and Forever, reminding them of what they once were and can be again -- alive.When a sensuous free spirit by the name of Too Much arrives at a Florida trailer park for the over-sixty-five set, she unleashes new life and stirs up trouble for her fellow residents
This satirical novel takes place in a Florida trailer park for the aging, where things are profoundly shaken up by the arrival of a blonde bombshell called Too Much. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.
"The once reigning champion of redneck fiction continues his decline with yet another one-joke novel....Lowbrow comedy, not literary wit." 12/01/1997 New York Times Book Review
"It's all rather ludicrous, and never particularly believable....But there are shards of brilliance and of the gonzo wit that has made Crews's reputation as a dead-on satirist." - Karen Karbo 01/25/1998