Duluth [Gore Vidal] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A satiric look at the state of the union centers on a relocated Duluth and its assorted . Duluth [Gore Vidal] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “A wild spoof of absolutely everything: social pretenses, law enforcement, marriage, . Novelist, playwright, commentator and onetime U.S. Senate candidate Gore Vidal died at 86 on Tuesday night at his Los Angeles home due to.

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It’s also a story about a crime lord in Duluth, a city just north of New Orleans. Number 4 in series. I gather this was supposed to be fraught with highly amusing, scathing commentary on the excesses of the ‘s, but either I was too young back then to fully get in on the joke, or it’s so obtuse that only the author knows it’s there.

Entertaining it is, and once the police action began, I wouldn’t put it down. We’re supposed to think it’s funny that a female vida systematically rapes immigrant Mexicans and ultra-stereotyped black men chanting “give me your okra and prunes!

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Be the first to discover new talent! If it was or is either, I guess it says one thing about Gore Vidal: I don’t think I made it past the first 50 pages. YES I have read and consent to Hachette Australia using my personal information or data as set out in its Privacy Policy and I understand I have the right to withdraw my consent at any time.

The Telltale Clue Danger Climax! Un fuoco di artificio narrativo dalle tante sorprese.

DULUTH by Gore Vidal | Kirkus Reviews

Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy. Vidal had not, and did not. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s about warring Betty Grable biographers in Duluth, a city just removed from a vast desert and about a spaceship landing in Duluth, a city just outside a swamp. Duluth is the single best book I have ever read.


Leaden parody, hollow satire: And, even though I walked away with such respect for the story and its author, I understand that not everyone has the same appreciation of such off-the-wall absurdities as I seem to, that making it all the way through Duluth will be a huge chore for many, but I highly recommend at l Where to begin with this one?

Jul 27, Moureco rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. These are totally invented universes. May 20, Danilo rated it really liked it. Maybe that’s the point?


Meanwhile blonde cop Darlene roams the streets, strip-searching Hispanic and black men for kicks; while the Hispanics plot rape revenge, she is impregnated–and falls for–one of her victims. Had to overcome initial repulsion to keep reading, but the book grew on me.

The World According gpre Anna. Vidal, who seems to have been reading his Gilbert Sorrentino, is here sneering at pop-culture and the bourgeois values it reinforces the easiest, most familiar targets imaginable –in a post-modernist joke-novel, with sendups of everything from romance-fiction to sci-fi movies, that supplies a dozen or two good laughs amid the encroaching tedium.

Il libro pare essere il piu’ richiesto nella biblioteca del carcere femminile di Lima, Peru’. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Duluth’s mayor’s first name is actually Mayor, but it is a secret or rude to address him by his first name; instead, people address him by his title, which is, of course, Mayor. Want to Read saving….


Duluth by Gore Vidal

Only the most obvious one–and smug culture-watchers will certainly find some self-congratulatory pleasure here. Vidal’s is this style for the masses, easy to digest. This anarchic semi-satirical, semi-surreal novel flirts with the metafictional two decades after its heyday and flings about a dozen different plots at the reader that all intersect in sometimes random and sometimes logical ways.

Feb 08, Brian Fagan rated it it was amazing. Refresh and try again. So clever, glre a duluty difficult to invest in.

Will be adding more Vidal to the list after this one. Vidal—a completely berserk detour of the imagination unfiltered by such trivialities as audiences, readers, or marketing strategies.

We go on, and we go on. Number 5 in series. And meanwhile, sadly, the other story lines are just boring. But with all the crazy happening in the novel, it’s just a boring read. Aug 05, Chris rated it it was amazing.

He considered it one of his best works, [1] as did Italo Calvinowho wrote, “Vidal’s development This book is completely twisted and fabulous. Had to overcome initial repu soap opera — actors shifting between dramas, dying on one, still living on another — multiple presidents, one old one who sounds like Reagan — Duluth same but different, corruption doesn’t fit city I know, but it might be a reasonable modern projection of the Jay Gould types who put the place on the map.