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Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit
You always expect Mark Leyner's books to be a little bonkers but this one is kind of extra, almost to the point of testing the elasticity of your logic. Well, okay--it actually breaks that elasticity. And then stretches the broken parts enough to break those. This is a multi-structural meta mindf*ck and by the end of it, I wasn't entirely sure what the meaning of it all was. And yet, it's still hilarious, dazzling, and unlike anything you'll experience in a novel this decade, with references to Kenneth Anger, Euripides, Snellen charts, spoken word karaoke, ultra-violence, musical theater students, father/daughter cosplay, and a hundred other things. If you haven't read Leyner before, this may not be the one to start with. I'd actually recommend his last book, Gone With the Mind (which, according to this novel, sold disappointingly) or The Tetherballs Of Bougainville (the funniest book ever).
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