Feb 03, 08
Read in January, 2008
For some reason I've never got around to reading as much Coover as I feel I should have. SPANKING THE MAID when I was in high school, other shorter bits and pieces . . . Finally got around the GERALD'S PARTY and I'm kicking myself for not getting into his novels sooner. This is such an utterly brilliant piece of multi-layered work words (other than the exact ones the book itself is composed of) will not do it justice. "Sublime" is as close as I can come. This isn't one of those nearly opaque literary exercise novels either. Not even close. Abundant Shakespearean/Joycean wordplay aside, this thing has so many scenes of such beautifully rendered slapstick it's capable of punching the same funny-buttons the Marx bros and W.C. Fields did at their best. I am truly a Coover convert now. Splendid novel by a splendid writer.