Celebration (Paperback)

Author: Crews, Harry

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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.

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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780684848105
SKU 30426662
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0684848104
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Author Info
Harry Crews
Harry Crews was born and raised in the South, the child of tenant farmers. He has been married and divorced, and has two sons; he joined the Marine Corps at 17 and became a sergeant. He later attended the University of Florida, where he began writing seriously by making a close study of a Graham Greene novel, reducing the novel to numbers: how many characters, how many scenes, etc. Then he wrote a "bad novel" following that formula exactly. As a mature artist, his writing is deeply influenced by the brutalities of his grotesque childhood and by a deep love for the kind of people among whom he was raised: honest, rural, Southern, hard-drinking hellraisers. Since 1968, Crews has been a professor of English.
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"The once reigning champion of redneck fiction continues his decline with yet another one-joke novel....Lowbrow comedy, not literary wit."
"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."
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Annotation 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.
First Line When Johnson Meechum came up the three steps of his purple double-wide trailer and opened the front door, his wife, Mabel, was waiting for him, her thin hands clenched on her hips, her tinted hair standing from her scalp in a tiny blue cloud.
Editors Note 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.
Editors Note 3 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.
Editors Note 4 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
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Touchstone Books

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