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Mr. Spaceman - Robert Olen Butler
Mr. Spaceman
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The Barnes & Noble Review More Than Words Desi, the hero of Robert Olen Butler's surprising new novel, Mr. Spaceman, is "a seventy-eight-pound Powerhouse of Strength and Vigor," with eight fingers on each hand, the eyes of a cat, and a "mouth that is thin and sinuous." On the eve of the... show more
The Barnes & Noble Review More Than Words Desi, the hero of Robert Olen Butler's surprising new novel, Mr. Spaceman, is "a seventy-eight-pound Powerhouse of Strength and Vigor," with eight fingers on each hand, the eyes of a cat, and a "mouth that is thin and sinuous." On the eve of the millennium, he has been entrusted with an important task: He is to descend from his ship, appear to the people of Earth, and let us know that we are not alone. He hopes that "this basic fact of things will encourage you to end your divisiveness. You are one people, all of you. We will stay away until you learn to live with each other." "I have moved over the land and the water of this place for some years now," he tells us — he has been preparing for this mission for quite some time. His usual procedure is to beam individuals into his ship, listen to their stories, and record them "in our memory machines from where we can draw these voices back again and again, and become one with them." One human he has "become one with" is his wife, Edna Bradshaw; a chesty and talkative divorcée from Bovary, Alabama, Edna is a primary source of the words that beset Desi. For, as he listens to the constant conversation on Earth, he finds himself "drugged by words. Hooked on them. Infected by them.... Made delirious by them.... Filled full of false and, it seems, endlessly renewable hopes for them." An interesting result of this submersion is that he often speaks in jingles: "My name isDesi. I am afriendly guy. There is a Kind of Hush All Over the World Tonight. I Would Like to Teach the World to Sing. I Would Like to Buy the World a Coke." Despite his years of study, Desi is still uncertain which words will serve him when he finally makes his presence known (he
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Format: Textbook
ISBN: 9780802137821 (0802137822)
ASIN: 9780802137821
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Edition language: English
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4.5 Mr. Spaceman by Robert Olen Butler
Desi sits in his spaceship, on the eve of the millennium, preparing to unveil his spaceman existence to a world that, despite his kind having studied us for decades, he barely comprehends. He finds the concept of language and words utterly alien (heh, see what I did there?) and tends to speak in str...
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