A comic novel by the critically acclaimed author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. Doug and 98 of his 99 brothers (George has run off with embezzled funds and a girl named Jane) gather in the huge family library for dinner, drinking, and some late-night football. Throughout the evening, the chaos grows into a complex web of conflicting memories, hurt feelings, rivalries, alliances, and shared awareness. 208 pp. Author tour. National publicity. Print ads. 20,000 print.
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There are, as the title says, one hundred brothers in Donald Antrim's novel. This sprawling fraternity has gathered in the family library for a dinner and over the course of a few hours, the author serves up sibling rivalry, revelry, and mayhem in meticulous, unflappable style.
For the most part, The Hundred Brothers skates along on the strength of its comic ingenuity. Yet Antrim has some serious points to make about masculine pride, vanity, and terror--not by invoking them directly, but by inflating them to monstrous (and mirthful) proportions. And the narrator's comments about his rampaging kin often have a larger, melancholic resonance to them. Indeed, when he points out "the complexities of our interdependence and the sorry indignities that pass as currency between us in lieu of gentler tender," he might be talking about any family--even one in the single-digit range.From the Back Cover:
"Line for line, Donald Antrim may be the best young male writer in America; his books . . . pack a vicious satiric punch." --Details
"The author's surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own. . . . A striking literary discovery." --Boston Globe
"Gloriously unhinged. . . . A slapstick tour through the realms . . . previously explored by Jung and Joseph Campbell." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A fiercely intelligent writer. . . . [This is] a bravura nightmare." --The New York Times Book Review
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