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The wrestler's cruel study : a novel

Author: Stephen Dobyns
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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It's after midnight. Two gorillas are descending the side of a New York high-rise. Can that be? But this is only the beginning of Stephen Dobyns's dazzling new novel. Part quest (in pattern), part comic book (in tone), and chiefly an exploration of a young man's search for his missing fiancee, it deals with such matters as heroes, good and evil, wrestling, kidnapping, and subplots from the Brothers Grimm - all as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Black humor (Literature)
Fiction
Named Person: Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm; Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Dobyns
ISBN: 0393035115 9780393035117
OCLC Number: 27012433
Description: 426 p. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Stephen Dobyns.

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It's after midnight. Two gorillas are descending the side of a New York high-rise. Can that be? But this is only the beginning of Stephen Dobyns's dazzling new novel. Part quest (in pattern), part comic book (in tone), and chiefly an exploration of a young man's search for his missing fiancee, it deals with such matters as heroes, good and evil, wrestling, kidnapping, and subplots from the Brothers Grimm - all as regarded by an omniscient "camera eye". Come see Michael Marmaduke as he progresses from confused innocence to darker self-knowledge; meet Rose White and her sister Violet, along with Deep Rat, cops Brodsky and Gapski, and Primus Muldoon, manipulator of men, who calls on Nietzsche to draw aside the veil of illusion we hide behind. Stephen Dobyns has invented a compelling world where fun and puns mingle with daring make-believe, and larger-than-life characters play out the crucial human questions: How do we live? How do we handle our demons?

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