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Shamp of the City-Solo (Revised) (Recovered Classics)

Shamp of the City-Solo (Revised) (Recovered Classics)

Current price: $12.00
Publication Date: October 1st, 1993
Publisher:
McPherson
ISBN:
9780929701349
Pages:
197

Description

Here is one of the finest comic novels to appear in the last half century, deserving comparison with that of the best of Flann O'Brien, Angela Carter, or Witold Gombrowicz. Upon its first publication in 1974, this novel quickly became an underground sensation.This "fantasy novel" occurs in what may be thought of as a dystopian parallel-universe, a world recognizable to ours but set in an odd remove where the hero's hunger for fame shows its mythic origin. Hughbury Shamp is the reluctant teen-age hero who becomes apprenticed to three "masters" at the West Poolesville Depot on the Sumpsky Prospect, across the River Sump from Big Yolk, the City-Solo. His education involves a series of preposterous and hilarious misadventures with the likes of the impresario Sergei Shipoff, Dr. Harry Analarge, and the World Friar Tapsvine, all the while he is being toward stardom as prize-winning speaker at the murderously competitive Arslevering Ox-Roast. Includes an introduction by the author.