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 Disne ...more
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This is a celebration of existence—best witnessed in the virtuosic ‘Parade of the Normal’ chapter—as ...more
Ma se, date le premesse, vi aspettate una narrazione che stimoli le lacr ...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
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
“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 a
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