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ISBN: 0393040372 / ISBN-13: 9780393040371

The Bear Comes Home

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The hero of this sensational first novel is an alto-sax virtuoso of John Coltrane/Sonny Rollins proportions. He also happens to be walking, talking, ... Show synopsis

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  • The Bear Comes Home (W. W. Norton & Company) – Hardcover (1997)
    by Rafi Zabor

    The Bear Comes Home

    Hardcover, W. W. Norton & Company
    1997
    English
    480 pages

    ISBN: 0393040372
    ISBN-13: 9780393040371

    The hero of Rafi Zabor's first novel is an alto saxophone virtuoso trying to evolve a personal style out of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. He also happens to be a walking, talking, Shakespeare-and Blake-quoting bear whose keen sense of irony protects him from the double loneliness of the artist and animal in an underappreciative metropolis.The scion of a long line of European circus bears (and the product of an amazing roll of the genetic dice), the Bear, when we first meet him, is eking out a living ... Show more

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CaptainFez

Play that horn, Bear

by CaptainFez on Apr 2, 2007

Describing a book as 'quirky' is usally a horrible thing to do, but it's apropos in this case. Rafi Zabor has created a central character - a nobly-descended bear who plays the sax, quotes Shakespeare and doesn't mind the odd drink - who's also deeply human. There's the usual furry-fish-out-of-water tales you'd expect from a book of this type (possibly similar to Bakis' Lives Of The Monster Dogs) but also an unexpectedly touching love story. Look for the appearance of jazz legends within.

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