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The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing: Stories

Hickens, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0394587413 / ISBN 13: 9780394587417
Verlag: Knopf, US, 1991
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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Titel: The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing: ...

Verlag: Knopf, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 1991

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Eleven stories told from the depths of anger, lust, and the confusion of doing the right things at the wrong times Michael Missing, the name of eleven different young men in various states of unrest, is the linked but unrelated protagonist of these wry and angry tales; a hit man, the cabin boy of nineteenth-century French pirate Jean Lafitte, erstwhile baseball hero and the man who would be president of France, and a frustrated salesman who loses an evening with Captain Kirk in the unrequited hope of laying the town slut of Scarsdale. Readers will shudder as, to their dismay, they recognize themselves, or at least part of themselves, in the naive and angry young man who sincerely wishes things were different, and who regrets he has never overheard someone say, "Michael is a real good guy." A criminally funny and perceptive literary debut.

From Publishers Weekly:

The 11 slick, sophomoric tales in this slender collection follow the predictable grooves of brat-pack fiction. The wisecracking, foul-mouthed narrator--in some incarnations a teenager, sometimes in his early 20s--oozes unearned, fashionable cynicism and wears many personas. As "Michael Famous," he bashes in a man's skull with a baseball bat with calm remorselessness and elation. As "Michael Missingeok ," he is right-hand man and lover of a 19th-century French pirate-rapist. In one story, Missing asks his aunt what it was like to be a prostitute, then has sex with her, then hauls cocaine and stolen goods for his uncle; in another, he threatens a misbehaving little girl by holding a gun to her head; in yet another, he recalls posing with a dead dog for a photograph, then has fetishistic sex with his eighth-grade teacher. Other pieces attempt satirical commentaries on baseball, hippies and the art world. In their sudden transitions, flip tone, gratuitous sex and violence, these snide stories resemble "underground" comics--and are just as two-dimensional.
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