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Slouching Towards Kalamazoo By Peter De Vries Derek de Vries,

  • Title: Slouching Towards Kalamazoo
  • Author: Peter De Vries Derek de Vries
  • ISBN: 9780226143897
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is 1963 in an unnamed town in North Dakota, and Anthony Thrasher is languishing for a second year in eighth grade Prematurely sophisticated, young Anthony spends too much time reading Joyce, Eliot, and Dylan Thomas but not enough time studying the War of 1812 or obtuse triangles A tutor is hired, and this modern Hester Prynne offers Anthony lessons that ultimately fIt is 1963 in an unnamed town in North Dakota, and Anthony Thrasher is languishing for a second year in eighth grade Prematurely sophisticated, young Anthony spends too much time reading Joyce, Eliot, and Dylan Thomas but not enough time studying the War of 1812 or obtuse triangles A tutor is hired, and this modern Hester Prynne offers Anthony lessons that ultimately free him from eighth grade and situate her on the cusp of the American sexual revolution Anthony s restless adolescent voice is perfectly suited to De Vries s blend of erudite wit and silliness not to mention his fascination with both language and female anatomy and it propels Slouching Towards Kalamazoo through theological debates and quandaries both dermatological and ethical, while soaring on the De Vriesian hallmark of scrambling conventional wisdom for comic effect.
    Slouching Towards Kalamazoo It is in an unnamed town in North Dakota and Anthony Thrasher is languishing for a second year in eighth grade Prematurely sophisticated young Anthony spends too much time reading Joyce Eliot

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    1. Beautifully written comic novel, with a feeling of melancholy underneath it all, which is how all great comic novels should be I didn t want it to end I ve now read four of Peter De Vries novels I think I have to read them all She called for me at my motel early, around four thirty, so that we might do a spot of sightseeing in her Mercedes It was spring, and she had on what must have been a new Easter outfit It consisted of a dusty pink linen suit and a hat like a shot fowl It was tilted down on [...]

    2. It is interesting to think of Peter DeVries, a fellow English graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, pal ing around with the likes of James Thurber and JD Salinger at The New Yorker DeVries, from Chicago s Dutch Calvinist community, became the reigning humorist in the country for many years, and fit in at The New Yorker and on the east coast as an erudite former English major I can t imagine this appealing to anyone who was not an English major, however, because you have to know s [...]

    3. De Vries may be labled a comic author, but Slouching Towards Kalamazoo is no light reading Told from the perspective of a genius teenager who shows off his intellectual powers to the reader in his very narration, the book is a challenge worthy of the most skilled readers De Vries s linguistic expertise, which is rather awe inspiring, often borders on ostentation However, this seemingly absurd pretentiousness perfectly captures the childish mentality of his young protagonist who craves attention [...]

    4. Written with the same lyrical mastery that I have come to expect from Peter De Vries, but having read Blood of the Lamb first, I m a little biased toward that work I think Slouching Toward Kalamazoo requires a little working knowledge of the era in which it refers to fully understand all the references basically if you re not as genius as De Vries, some humor will slip past, though this may be an editorial confession to being an ignoramus Fantastic nonetheless.

    5. Very strange in being simultaneously laugh out loud funny, but not especially enjoyable The beginning and end are better than the middle, which sags a bit.

    6. I re read this after 25 or 30 years only because I could not find his The Mackerel Plaza at the library I m too prudish to have enjoyed the main plot, but the book improved my English, made me laugh squirm, and had an interesting take on the role of religion in modern society Still wish I hadn t culled my copy of The Mackerel Plaza.

    7. De Vries has an absolute mastery of the English language such that his beautifully arranged sentences seem so effortless one almost doesn t notice I return to this tome often, just to enjoy the grammatical wonders he creates Do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book You, likewise, will probably return to it again and again

    8. Not finished it was only 100 pages but I loved it earthy sexual exploration by pleasant young man with lots of snow too I want will finish later try this book

    9. Dan Simmons Hyperion is replete with literary allusions, and following one of the ones I didn t recognise led me to an interesting article on Peter de Vries, who was quoted as saying You can t talk about the serious and the comic separately and still be talking about life, any than you can independently discuss hydrogen and oxygen and still be talking about water Which suggested to me the wry wisdom of James Branch Cabell, and straight away had me interested This eighties novel detailing how th [...]

    10. This book was personally recommended to me by Christopher Hitchens Seriously Now, Christopher Hitchens is pretty much my idol Which is why I found it so odd that this book was so boring It s obviously supposed to be a comedic novel and it has its moments in fact, the reason Hitch recommended it to me because in the book there is a scene where a priest and an atheist debate the existence of God, only to finish the debate by convincing each other that the other is correct , but that great scene la [...]

    11. A challenging book to get through but extremely witty and worth the convoluted journeys to each punch line I can see why DeVries was chummy with the likes of JD Salinger and was admired and quoted by Kingsley Amis DeVries was no doubt influenced by Amis s Lucky Jim and Waterhouse s Billy Liar Tony Thrasher is the extreme underachiever a genius still in the eighth grade at age 15 I enjoyed slogging through the book.I must add a postscript to this review the subject matter of an affair between an [...]

    12. Hmm Well it s certainly an erudite book But I didn t really buy that an 8th grader was quite as sophisticated a thinker as was portrayed And I found some of the supposed erudition to be really authorial showing off which I found off putting The story is o.k but it didn t really grab me and I didn t come away thinking that I really needed to read by this author Given that he s apparently someone others consider to be quite literary, I m wondering if it s the author or just this particular work P [...]

    13. Some funny one liners does not make a comedy Really disappointing as had heard great things about the book not sure what went wrong, in general i feel like comedy ages worse than any other genre and this felt super dated Also the plot in this case kid growing up in north dakota is secondary to forcing a funny line every five pages Unfunnily enough there is a character in the book who would nudge people very hard every time he came up with a bad pun, by the end i could fully appreciate how annoyi [...]

    14. I had reallly high hopes for this book because I knew that De Vries had written for the New Yorker for so long and that Christopher Hitchens loved this book My expectations were not met It is funny, but not that funny and clever, but not that clever Perhaps had I gone in with lower expectations, I would have enjoyed it I would say that this a funny little fluffy book for the beach although the atheist v christian parts do give some interesting things to think about the main character, Tony, bec [...]

    15. This book is both ambitious as literature and less funny as entertainment than I remember There are lots of literary and Biblical allusions, and De Vries even gets whimsical about Christian atheism, Voltaire s notion of creating a nonexistent God out of necessity Call it Christian Existentialism and you have a fairly serious discussion going.Gerald Boychik Lit

    16. There is no other comic writer that I can think of that sends me to the dictionary than Peter De Vries I met him at his home in Westport, CT as a friend of his son, Derek in 1993 We had a short chat in the kitchen I thoroughly enjoy his writing and now market a double CD of an address he made to the students of his Alma Mater, Calvin College in 1979.The Hopwood Lecture series Peter De Vries at his alma mater, Calvin College in 1979.

    17. Talk about a book that started with great promise then fell flat and boring this is it DeVries introduces us to a child prodigy who is widely read but fails at school assignments This leads him into a liaison with his teacher, who tutors him It is all downhill from there, except for a great sequence in which an atheist debates a Baptist preacher Their arguments are so good that the atheist and preacher are changed forever.

    18. I found Slouching entertaining,especially to the lit major who will recognize the many literary allusions in the text The narrative is a bit dense, but the narrator is fascinating in that he breaks all acceptable norms getting his junior high teacher with child but prevails as an interesting character There s much humor here as well.

    19. Peter De Vries worked with J D Salinger at the New Yorker As I read this book I kept thinking that the lead character reminded me of something I had read in the past when suddenly a bright white light flashed inside the darkened cloud of my brain and stepping out from the glare appeared the image of Holden Caulfield.

    20. I loved it Typical De Vries funny, ironic, unexpected, unpredictable, outrageous situations and reactions, and great style that is so unique in today s world Very high brow, with many jokes that you have to dictionary a word or two to get but after all, he works for the New Yorker, so

    21. Intelligent and comic The humour in the book is ironic and occasionally delves into the surreal Written in a style which no doubt allowed De Vries to be a successful New Yorker writer The prose is ambitious and intelligent but i found it difficult to get through maybe suited to article writing rather than novels.

    22. Eighth grade intellectual Anthony Thrasher, held back for another year of eighth grade, predates nearly every legendary underachiever from Bart Simpson to Max Fischer Better treatment of sex and adolescence than The Rachel Papers and theological too Probably my new favorite book.

    23. I find the best humor places you into a state of slight discomfort Maybe that s why we can usually only handle our comedy in 30 minute standup increments But this book, while uncomfortable at many times, went beyond the standup length And did it well And it s funny And punny And fun.

    24. The book tried much to hard Although some of the jokes were quite funny, many were flat and forced The characters lacked cohesion.

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