Very Good+ in Very Good+ DJ: Both book and DJ show indications of very light use. Book shows just a touch of wear to extremtiies; small scar at front pastedown, where sticker kslight spine lean, though binding remains perfectly secure; text clean. DJ shows moderate rubbing to its sheen; price unclipped. Overall, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 315pp. First Ed, unstated. --First published by North Point (1983). Hardback with DJ. Assembled out of a catalogue of literary styles and a chorus of comic voices, Gilbert Sorrentino's parodic and picaresque text takes his hero musician Serge "Blue" Gavotte on a journey across the country in search of the Perfect Musical Phrase. Blue Pastoral is a relentless Swiftian satire of American culture and the way it uses and abuses language. A recipient of numerous grants and awards including the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two NEA Fellowships and a Lannan Literary Award, Sorrentino is the author of thirteen novels as well as books of poetry and criticism.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Price clipped. SHIP DAILY from NJ with TRACKING; RE-GIFT-ABLE as FEELS NEW, UNREAD FIRST; FINE w/DJ FINE (wants to hug edges) AS SHOWN THIS COVER. Sewn binding. Full cloth over boards. 315 p. Blue Pastoral CL, 1. Audience: General/trade.13767 13767--"I see him now! Somewhere out there in that gloaming that we call the Past that Time forgot--his ratty beard and frizzy hair, his hearty grease sandwiches, his rusted bicycle clips. An unlikely hero, your good faces seem to say..." And so we meet our hero Serge "Blue" Gavotte, a modern-day Candide who quits his job, mounts a piano atop a broken-down pushcart and sets off with wife and child on a visionary quest across contemporary America in search of the "Perfect Musical Phrase." From the dismal plains of the Midwest to the technicolor sunsets of the Southwest, Blue refuses to let financial troubles, lecherous professors or the burdensome weight of his piano prevent him from reaching his final goal. A work of art masquerading as artifice, "Blue Pastoral" is a madhouse production whose hilarious cast of styles and forms includes everything from Rabelaisian lists to Swiftian satires to parodies of such pastoral modes as the eclogue, the idyll, and the elegy.
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