By Chris Bachelder
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2001
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Given a comparatively point taking part in box — i.e., water deep adequate in order that a Shark may perhaps maneuver proficiently, yet shallow sufficient in order that a undergo may well stand and function with its attribute dexterity — who might win in a struggle among a endure and a Shark?
In this significant satire of our media-saturated tradition, the sovereign state of Las Vegas — the leisure capital of the area — is host to undergo v. Shark II. After a disappointing loss within the first matchup among the land and the ocean, the endure is again with a vengeance and out for blood. All of the USA is captivated with the approaching spectacle, so tickets are demanding to return via. With an essay entitled "Bear v. Shark: A cause to Live," younger Curtis Norman wins a countrywide writing contest and 4 tickets to the development. The Normans load up their SUV and embark on a highway journey to Vegas.
As they head cross-country, the family members is besieged by way of a dizzying barrage of voices: tv and radio personalities, public carrier bulletins, endure and shark pundits, Freudians, theologians, and self-published authors, as well as the endure v. Shark enthusiasts, cultists, and resisters they meet at roadside fuel stations and eating places. crushed through factoids, facts, and ten-second debates, the Normans — in addition to the remainder of kingdom — can't appear to get their proof directly, less work out the way to really converse with each other. Sound bites and verbal tics predominate; misheard, misunderstood, and simply simple wrong details is absorbed, mangled, and regurgitated to hilarious impression; and the main inane topics — from the disappearance of Dutch tradition to the Shakespearean bias towards the endure — are vigorously and obsessively debated. those meaningless exchanges of incorrect information depart Mr. Norman disillusioned, world-weary, and ambivalent concerning the drawing close exhibit, however the relations finally makes it to Vegas for an apocalyptic and strangely emotional ending.
Written in speedy, commercial-like segments that reflect the media it satirizes, Chris Bachelder's debut is a fiercely humorous, razor-sharp novel in regards to the atypical intersection of zealotry and trivialities, in regards to the obstacles to human connection in a society that values leisure specifically else. via a shrewdpermanent act of novelistic subterfuge, Bachelder makes us snigger at our penchant for absurd and dead details whereas drawing us right into a remarkable spectacle of his personal imagination.
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Her stomach rumbled and reminded her that the first order of business was breakfast. She’d think about the bath and bolting later. Charlotte followed Bay down the carpeted stairs. Her boots were probably ruined after spending the night out of doors, and now she didn’t have a nightgown either. There were any number of things she wanted to speak to Bay about, but her mama always said a man had to eat before he could think. The sideboard was spread with enough food to feed every mistress on the street.
He had no hesitation to punish her for her sister’s transgressions—if one thought that hours of sublime sensual pleasure was punishment. Charlotte put an ear to the bedroom door and listened for any movement. A pleasant lingering of cheroot smoke drifted into her nostrils, but the house was dark and silent save for the steady ticking of the clocks. The timepiece in the cherub’s stomach at her bedside told her it was gone on eleven. He must have left while she availed herself of the discreetly screened commode chair in the dressing room.
And then it hit her. Deb had teasingly spoken about making off with Bayard’s paintings. Said they were valuable. Lord knows, there were enough of them all through the downstairs rooms. There were breasts and bottoms and nipples and nooks on every wall, some near to life-size. But the artwork on the stairs was a manageable size, as was the one hanging directly below it. Charlotte could take them down herself, cut the canvas from their frames, and sell them. All she needed was enough money to hide out for a few weeks.
Bear v. Shark: The Novel by Chris Bachelder