As a boy growing up in Montana, he was Samson Hunts Alone - until a deadly misunderstanding with the law forced him to flee the Crow reservation at age fifteen. Today he is Samuel Hunter, a successful Santa Barbara insurance salesman with a Mercedes, a condo, and a hollow, invented life. Then one day, shortly after his thirty-fifth birthday, ...
As a boy growing up in Montana, he was Samson Hunts Alone - until a deadly misunderstanding with the law forced him to flee the Crow reservation at age fifteen. Today he is Samuel Hunter, a successful Santa Barbara insurance salesman with a Mercedes, a condo, and a hollow, invented life. Then one day, shortly after his thirty-fifth birthday, destiny offers him the dangerous gift of love - in the exquisite form of Calliope Kincaid - and a curse in the unheralded appearance of an ancient Indian god by the name of Coyote. Coyote, the trickster, has arrived to transform tranquillity into chaos, to reawaken the mystical storyteller within Sam ...and to seriously screw up his existence in the process.
... and into that of Christopher Moore. A wild, funny and touching story with entwined homages to Carlos Castaneda and Gabriel García Márquez. The hero is dogged (!) by the Native American Trickster god, Coyote whose misunderstandings of the modern world generate most of the humour. It has romance, excitement, passion and sheer lunacy. What more could you ask for?
Jul 1, 2007
aint no cure for coyote blue
for years sam hunter has been running from his past; until one day the past catches up with him and turns his world inside out. the culpret? old man coyote, an ancient diety of the crow indian tribe and cosmic trickster. a story of love, the quest for self, and most importantly; why you shouldnt turn your back on the god of trickery in a casino! absurd, irreverent, outrageous, and doggone funny; thus is the story of sam hunter, calliope kincaid, and old man coyote (and minty fresh too, for all you moore savvy readers!)
Publishers Weekly, 1995-06-12 A lonely Crow Indian turned yuppie insurance salesman seeks the power of an ancient Indian god to give him enough courage to approach the woman of his dreams. (July)
Publishers Weekly, 1994-01-17 Sam Hunter, the hero of Moore's raucous new novel, is the perfect insurance salesman: a complete chameleon who can be all things to all people, sizing up the ideal pitch to close any deal or make any woman. Living on the beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sam has all the accoutrements of the successful yuppie. His true identity--as Samson Hunts Alone, a full-blooded Crow Indian who fled his reservation and his heritage at age 15 after killing a policeman--is hidden and all but forgotten. Then one day, the Native American trickster figure Coyote enters Sam's life, with the apparent intention of destroying it piece by piece. Coyote's arrival coincides with Sam's involvement with Calliope Kincaid, an uneducated single mother whose hippie lifestyle is a throwback to the 1960s. When Calliope's biker ex-boyfriend kidnaps their baby, Coyote and Sam--against Sam's better judgment--set out in pursuit. The farther Sam travels from his life in the city, the closer he comes to finding himself. As in his previous novel, Practical De mon keep ing , Moore plays the supernatural and numinous for laughs, making even the most ludicrous events somehow believable with his breezy writing style. Only a consistent strain of misogyny mars this otherwise funny and entertaining romp. 50,000 first printing. (Mar.)
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