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The development : nine stories

Author: John Barth
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: From one of our most celebrated masters, a touching, comic, deeply humane collection of linked stories about surprising developments in a gated community. "I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting hour: the summer of the Peeping Tom."  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Barth
ISBN: 9780547072487 0547072481
OCLC Number: 213358268
Description: 167 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Peeping Tom --
Toga party --
Teardown --
The bard award --
Progressive dinner --
Us/them --
Assisted living --
The end --
Rebeginning.
Responsibility: John Barth.
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From the Publisher: From one of our most celebrated masters, a touching, comic, deeply humane collection of linked stories about surprising developments in a gated community. "I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting hour: the summer of the Peeping Tom." Something has disturbed the comfortably retired denizens of a pristine Florida-style gated community in Chesapeake Bay country. In the dawn of the new millennium and the evening of their lives, these empty nesters discover that their tidy enclave can be as colorful, shocking, and surreal as any of John Barth's fictional locales. From the high jinks of a toga party to marital infidelities, a baffling suicide pact, and the sudden, apocalyptic destruction of the short-lived development, Barth brings mordant humor and compassion to the lives of characters we all know well. From "one of the most prodigally gifted comic novelists writing in English today" (Newsweek), The Development is John Barth at his most accessible and sympathetic best.

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