By Robert Coover
In his carnivalesque and riotously creative Pricksongs & Descants Robert Coover remakes outdated tales: of purple using Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and sweetness (who married her Beast and spends a life-time ache his puppy stink). And he reshapes his personal: a guy makes repeating, re-imagined trips in an place of work elevator (while his fellow riders taunt and tempt him), and within the seminal, fractal 'The Babysitter' each second in one evening is performed and replayed, each wish and probability of intercourse and violence performed and undone. Coover's darkish, wilfil, comedian mind's eye revels brilliantly in contradictions, a grasp of chaos.
Read Online or Download Pricksongs & Descants (Penguin Modern Classics) PDF
Similar Humor books
As soon as, in a gods-forsaken hellhole referred to as Koom Valley, trolls and dwarfs met in bloody wrestle. Centuries later, every one species nonetheless perspectives the opposite with simmering animosity. in recent times, the influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest between Ankh-Morpork's extra diminutive citizens—a unstable scenario made some distance worse whilst the pint-size provocateur is stumbled on bashed to demise .
It's not a lot of an island that rises up one moonless evening from the depths of the Circle Sea—just a number of sq. miles of silt and a few previous ruins. regrettably, the traditionally disputed lump of land referred to as Leshp is once more floating without delay among Ankh-Morpork and the town of Al-Khali at the coast of Klatch—which is spark adequate to ignite that wonderful overseas hobby known as "war.
After adventures with Charles Darwin, Captain Ahab, and Karl Marx, The Pirate Captain faces off opposed to his toughest—though now not his biggest—challenge but: Napoleon Bonaparte. Bruised from a crushing unhappiness on the Pirate of the 12 months Awards, the Pirate Captain makes a decision that it’s time for a profession switch.
A contented staff, it truly is acknowledged, is a efficient group. Mmmm. test telling that to a military of belligerent goblins. Or the massive undesirable Wolf. Or a certified dragons layer. who's taking care of their wellbeing and fitness? Who offers a rattling approximately their insupportable operating stipulations, loss of sufficient medical health insurance, and poor espresso within the canteen?
Extra resources for Pricksongs & Descants (Penguin Modern Classics)
Magician repeats motion slowly. Then repeats motion quickly 4 or 5 instances. appears to be like inquiringly at beautiful assistant. Her face is flushed from exertion. She meditates, then shakes head: no. Magician back forces her head to her knees, releases grip, permitting head to snap again to upright place. Repeats this or thrice. appears inquiringly at gorgeous assistant. She smiles and nods. Magician drags abashed younger kingdom boy over at the back of gorgeous assistant and invitations him to arrive into attractive assistant’s tight eco-friendly shorts. younger kingdom boy is flustered past trust. Loud laughter and whistling resumes. younger state boy, in desperation, attempts to flee. Magician captures him and drags him once again in the back of gorgeous assistant. Laughter and so forth. (as before). Magician grasps kingdom boy’s arm and thrusts it forcibly into beautiful assistant’s shorts. younger nation boy wets pants. Hysterical laughter and catcalls. beautiful assistant grimaces as soon as. Magician, smiling, releases grip on agonizingly embarrassed state boy. Boy withdraws hand. In it, he unearths he's conserving magician’s unique black silk hat, fullyyt complete, slender silk band and all. Wild applause and footstamping, laughter and cheers. Magician winks largely at viewers, silencing them momentarily, invitations younger nation boy to don hat. Boy geese head shyly. Magician insists. Timidly, grinning foolishly, nation boy lifts hat to move. Water spills out, runs down over his head, and soaks younger nation boy. Laughter, applause, wild catcalls. younger kingdom boy, completely humiliated, drops hat and turns to run offstage, yet gorgeous assistant is status on his foot. He journeys and falls to his face. Laughter and so on. (as before). kingdom boy crawls abjectly offstage on his belly. Magician, guffawing heartily with viewers, pitches stunning assistant into wings, choices up hat from ground. Brushes hat on sleeve, thumps it or 3 times, returns it with dependent flourish to his head. Appreciative applause. Magician steps in the back of desk. rigorously brushes off one house on desk. Blows away airborne dirt and dust. Reaches for hat. yet back, it kind of feels to be caught. Struggles feverishly with hat. light laughter. Requests volunteers. related huge males as sooner than input. One fast grasps hat, different grasps magician’s legs. They tug furiously, yet in useless. Laughter and applause. First huge guy grabs magician’s head below jaw. Magician seems to be protesting. moment huge guy wraps magician’s legs round his waist. either pull aside with incredible pressure, their faces reddening, the veins of their temples throbbing. Magician’s tongue protrudes, fingers flutter hopelessly. Laughter and applause. Magician’s neck stretches. however it doesn't snap. it really is now numerous toes lengthy. huge males pressure mightily. Laughter and applause. Magician’s eyes pop like bubbles from their sockets. Laughter and applause. Neck snaps finally. huge males tumble head over heels with respective bloody burdens to contrary aspects of level. Expectant amused hush falls over viewers. First huge guy scrambles to his ft, pitches head and hat into wings, rushes to aid moment huge guy.