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Paradise by Donald Barthelme
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Mar 08, 12

Read from March 07 to 08, 2012

Barthelme, in mad genius mode as always, expounds on relationships, midlife-crises, and post-Vietnam America via the Old Testament (Barthelme's Old Testament - part Bible, part forgotten movies and pop songs). Simon, the (un)lucky protagonist, finds himself boarding with three nubile women, but the plot is more or less a shell for Paradise's hilarious vignettes of psychology sessions, childhood musings, and domestic bedlam. A quick read, no doubt, but poignant and immensely gratifying.
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