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Extravaganza: A Joke Book

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“The creative act par excellence.”—Denis Donoghue

Extravaganza is the eeriest comic novel of our generation.”—Cynthia Ozick
Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by White Pine Press (first published March 27th 1989)
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May 2015: Re-reading.

May 5th: A very bizarre book, one which I enjoyed but would hesitate to recommend. When it came out (1989), the NY Times review said, "Jokes may abound in ''Extravaganza,'' but Mr. Lish makes sure that existential despair keeps whistling through the cracks." Kirkus Review hated it ("appalling work of fiction").
Reynard Seifert
Are you the doctor?

What the fuck are you talking about, dickhead?

This book will punch you in the face if you don't watch your face. Keep a mirror around; use it often.

But I have to say that the idea this is a comedy is somewhat misleading; I don't think it is. Seems like an experiment in monotony.
Michelle Williams
Required reading for an English lit class, but despite that I couldn't even finish it ... and I rarely leave a book unfinished.
A disappointment to me after all the other great Lish reads. Bad jokes are called bad jokes for a reason.
Morgan Brown
I don't know how I feel about this book. I'm gay.
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Gordon Jay Lish is an American writer. As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, and Richard Ford.
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