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Pricksongs Descants Fictions

Stories In these riotously word drunk fictional romps two children follow an old man into the woods trailing bread crumbs behind and edging helplessly toward a sinister end that never comes; a husband walks toward the bed where his wife awaits his caresses but by the time he arrives she's been dead for three weeks and detectives are poun. He pronounces it aloud smiles faintly sadly somewhat wearily then continues his tedious climb pausing from time to time to stare back down the stairs behind himWhen the time arrives for resolution I will be there One day soon the followers of Coover will engage those of Barth tooth and claw There will be no uarter The scene will remind us of Bangkok and we will wear the shirt of Coover proudly Through the tear gas and vitriol we will triumph Our cause will prevail because of the brilliance of The Magic Poker and The Babysitter These two exercises astonish in their smutty Impressionism It will be admitted that I was sometimes too impatient or ill euipped to truly delight in all of the pieces presented here Where Barth paints with manic glee about Story Coover recycles his own variations distilling a Gestalt where the dross whispers of all outcomes and the reader s imagination trembles in capacity Hope remains and victory will be ours Coover Rules

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Pricksongs Descants originally published in 1969 is a virtuoso performance that established its author already a William Faulkner Award winner for his first novel as a writer of enduring power and unuestionable brilliance a promise he has fulfilled over a stellar career It also began Coover's now trademark riffs on fairy tales and bedtime. One of the milestones or pilestones in self reflexive fiction the influence of Pricksongs Descants among the subseuent two generations of humorous imps genrebenders and transgressive egomaniacs in experimental prose fiction is plain to see Metafantastical fables reworkings of reworkings forking paths and fucking piths numerical mini chapters self regarding scoundrels for narrators black humour mindless surrealism incomprehensible but entertaining indulgences sneaky s o c shock fodder minxish moralising these are the realm of Coover whose exuberance relentlessness inventiveness comic spirit is unflushable and whose tireless endless exhausting books and stories keep coming like a waterfall of perverted warpedness Among my personal pleasures the Seven Exemplary Fictions in homage to Cervantes the stomach plummeting weirdness of The Elevator the carnival craziness of Romance of the Thin Man and the Fat Lady and the comedy of A Pedestrian Accident The other stories in here were too Cooverian in their oddity tedious incoherent or simply unfunny

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Ding down the door; a teenaged babysitter's evening becomes a kaleidoscope of dangerous erotic fantasies her employer's her boyfriend's her own; an aging humble carpenter marries a beautiful but frigid woman and after he's waited weeks to consummate their union she announces that God has made her pregnant Now available in a Grove paperbac. Dear RobertIt was great seeing you again It s been sooo long It was nice to catch up with one another after what 20 years god that makes me feel so old Anywhoas hard as it is for me to bring myself to do so there are some things I ought to sayNamely I m talking about your pricksongs It had been so long since I d even thought about your pricksongs that the idea of revisiting it well you know just seemed kinda fun But I see now that you really can t go back Let s not kid ourselves ain t a one of us that s a teenager any Honestly I did love your pricksongs so much thenBut this is genuinely one of them cases of it s not you it s me and I mean that from the bottom of my heart I m just a different person right now Since we re being honest I m just sort of playing the field and having a big ol ball Just this week I went out with a fella named Darconville and his cat three nights in a row and I tell you it was amazing He was so original and funny and just everything that I m looking for in a beau right now Now don t let that detract from the sizable heft of your pricksongs and its accomplishments Like I said it s me and not youYou know how much I love you and Bruney and Burny Bob it s just that your pricksongs didn t feel right this time Don t take that to mean that it won t ever feel right again Lord knows how much your pricksongs meant to me when I was young Thing is I kinda got a line on this Latin fella name a Borges right now Thinking about spending some time with him Would you believe it A Latin Me Mother would just die XOXOCodyPS I promised myself I wasn t going to bring it up but since we re being honest well here goes I thought that the penis joke you made over dinner was incredibly inappropriate especially for people our age Really there s only so many jokes one can make about their manhood before you start uestioning what they re compensating for There I feel better Seriously uenby and Ola Swede and Carl and The Babysitter are stunningly disturbing

  • Paperback
  • 256
  • Pricksongs Descants Fictions
  • Robert Coover
  • English
  • 07 May 2017
  • 9780802136671

About the Author: Robert Coover

Born Robert Lowell Coover in Charles City Iowa Coover moved with his family early in his life to Herrin Illinois where his father was the managing editor for the Herrin Daily Journal Emulating his father Coover edited and wrote for various school newspapers under the nom de plume “Scoop” He was also his high school class president a school band member and an enthusiastic supporter of the



10 thoughts on “Pricksongs Descants Fictions

  1. says:

    Pricksongs Descants is mostly about the power of human imaginationThat sweep odour that girls have The softness of her blouse He catches a glimpse of the gentle shadows amid her thighs as she curls her legs up under herIma

  2. says:

    Legendary NarrativesThis collection of early stories is not a lesser work in any way In it Coover maps out the journey that his writing career

  3. says:

    One of the milestones or pilestones in self reflexive fiction the influence of Pricksongs Descants among the subseuent two generations of humorous imps genrebenders and transgressive egomaniacs in experimental prose fiction is plain to see Metafantastical fables reworkings of reworkings forking paths and fucking piths numerical mini chapters

  4. says:

    In his piece For Bob collected in the 2012 The Review of Contemporary Fiction dedicated to Coover author Joe Ashby Porter says abou

  5. says:

    So farewell forever then to metafiction This is the stuff where it says I wander the island inventing it I make a sun for it and trees and cause water to lap the pebbles of its abandoned shoreswhich is how The Ma

  6. says:

    He pronounces it aloud smiles faintly sadly somewhat wearily then continues his tedious climb pausing from time to time to stare bac

  7. says:

    Holy shit This is some crazy something All the edgy writers that young folk like us like? They don't have shit on this guy Seriously my reviews are just utterly devolving At any rateliterally every fundamental aspect of fiction is toy

  8. says:

    Dear RobertIt was great seeing you again It’s been sooo long It was nice to catch up with one another after w

  9. says:

    I liken this to a circus with lots of stunts and acrobaticsSo as not to get discouraged or intimidated skip the first story I should call the stories here properly as ACTS like in a real circus The Door because it is not easy to digest my interpretation of it is that it is some kind of an inter generational dialogue using the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk as a literary allusion Go straight to some of t

  10. says:

    355 stars This was a case of my personal connection with a book not lining up with the work's real impact or excellence Despite my miserly three star rating I would recommend reader give Pricksongs and Descants a try In fact if I was just going to rate the book on innovation it would get 45 stars My favorite st

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