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"Almost too good to be true. The Adventures of Mao on the Long March is always solid, meaty and full of ideas. The form is strange and intriguing." -- The New York Times
Paperback, 134 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1971)
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After many rejections, Tuten was about to self-publish this book (horrors) but was saved in the nick of time when his pal Roy Lichtenstein agreed to do the cover. Wow, huh?
The book is now widely considered one of the best postmodern novels. It fictionally follows Mao on the Long March, and ends with a longish interview with Mao on revolution and modern art.
I thought this was well done. As promised it was original (Iris Murdoch) and served up its humor deadpan (John Updike). Violently hilarious
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Tony
THE ADVENTURES OF MAO ON THE LONG MARCH. (1971). Frederic Tuten. ****.
This was a telling of the long march in a unique way. The author assembled a variety of excerpts from many different sources and pieced them together – along with his own writings – to provide the narrative. Fortunately, the author provides a glossary of his sources on a page-by-page basis, since finding the sources yourself would be a daunting task. This particular edition also contains a new introduction by the author, along
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Zach
The structure of this book is at first unsettling. It is a collection of voices, oftentimes excerpts from books by other authors, and just as often parodies of another author's style. I spent the first half of the novel adjusting to its hypertextuality. But once I achieved a comfort level with the structure and style(s), I was quickly overwhelmed by the cohesiveness of its variety, and by the clarity of its philosophy (it is a metaphysical work, after all). It is a statement about art and cultur ...more
Jamie
Tedious at times; fun at others; very postmodern, whatever that means. The interview section seemed to me particularly lovely, and the parodies were pretty spot-on.
Dundar
an early post-modern novel. wish mao had read it
Patrick
everything i am looking for in art.
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Frederic Tuten is the author of Tintin in the New World, The Green Hour, and Self Portraits, among other fiction. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. He lives in New York City."
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