The Magic Kingdom
“Among Mr. Elkin’s best works of fiction . . . A comedy that cuts so many ways that it leaves us bleeding with laughter.” —The New York Times
Eddy Bale’s twelve-year-old son died after a terrible, drawn-out illness. Now, determined to help alleviate the suffering of other sick children, Eddy plans to take a group of seven terminally ill youths on a dream vacation to Disney ...more
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A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creativ ...more
It was about weakness in the face of a finite life, and for this Elkin used terminally ill children and their caretakers.
Of course Elkin never wrote a child character in his life, so the children are these wizened little goblins and elves, sometimes spouting more wisdom and displaying more reason than the adults, which is to say: Any at all.
The adults in the book: A father obsessed because of his son's death from a rare untreatable disease, a compulsive masturbating nur ...more
“A splendid work of fiction.” —_Newsday_
“Hysterical and profound . . . Earns its place among the dark voyages that fiction must chronicle.” —_The New York Times_Product Description
“Among Mr. Elkin’s best works of fiction . . . A comedy that cuts so many ways that it leaves us bleeding with laughter.” —_The New York Times_
Eddy Bale’s twelve-year-old son died after a terrible, drawn-out illness. Now, determined to help alleviate the suffering of other sick children, Eddy plans to take
If most books could be described as being like a pop song verse-chorus-verse The Magic Kingdom is like jazz, and not the accessible Steely Dan style pop/rock infused jazz. Sentences in this book step away from their point into parentheticals and stroll around for ...more
First Audio read by a Brit that I couldn't finish.
Reference Stuart's review.http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12...
In spite of the father's wish to do something kind for the dying children, there was no real human connection with them. The premise was very interesting- the development, no.
If I am ever dying similarly to one of these children's experience, I surely would wish for a nurse with more compassion, a Nanny with more interests than her sexual desire and a ...more
I will definitely be checking out more of Elkin's work, if only to see if this is his consistent stylistic voice, or if it is specific to this book. Either way, I want more.
During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one (unproduced) screenplay. Elkin's work revolves about Americ ...more