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Pricksongs and Descants - Robert Coover
Pricksongs and Descants
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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 unquestionable brilliance, a promise he has fulfilled over a stellar career. It also began... show more
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 unquestionable brilliance, a promise he has fulfilled over a stellar career. It also began Coover's now-trademark riffs on fairy tales and bedtime 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 three weeks and detectives are pounding 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 paperback, Pricksongs & Descants is a cornerstone of Robert Coover's remarkable career and a brilliant work by a major American writer.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802136671 (0802136672)
ASIN: 802136672
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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4.0 Pricksongs and Descants: Short Stories
Robert Coover manages masterfully to toggle between horror and beauty, between truth and illusion, the profound and the ridiculous. He always surprises and never lets us down as far as brilliant writing is concerned. Coover is an orignal, unique voice, very much in his own world, out on a limb. A co...
so many books, so little time
so many books, so little time rated it
2.0 Pricksongs and Descants
Honestly? Meh. Angela Carter did this sort of thing a whole lot better. Perhaps P&S suffers a bit from all the similar works that have come along in subsequent decades. The story about Joseph and Mary is genuinely hilarious.
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