No markings. A beautiful copy in fine dust jacket not price clipped. Slipcase and protective material are all pristine. Illustrations by John swan. To Skin a Cat. Title: To Skin a Cat. Fine in fine dust jacket. Light sunning to the spine. Signed by the author. ISBN: [Book ].
Nice condition - paperback. The cover as displayed is not connected to the text block. It doesn't look like it ever was. A fine, unread copy in illustrated wrappers. Small, faint crease to the front cover. Signed by the author on the title page. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
A few stains to jacket rear panel, short tear to jacket crown at rear panel. Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, Hardcover with dust jacket, pages. This is the deluxe limited edition, one of only 67 numbered copies, signed by McGuane and by the artist, John Swan. Quarterbound in blue leather and linen boards; fine in a fine clamshell box.
Printed by Dutton-Lawrence in In fine condition. First Edition For more information or further pictures on any item feel free to. McGuane, Thomas. New York: Simon and Schuster, First Printing. Signed by McGuane on the title page. Two closed tears to the front cover, and a chip to the head of the spine.
Remainder mark. Stated First Printing. First British edition. Fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Browning to pages. Keep the Change.
Edition: First British edition. Preface by Thomas McGuane. First printing. The preface is by Thomas McGuane. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper and dated From the estate of Beef Torrey, writer, raconteur and friend to many many writers, including McGuane. Thomas McGuane can only be imitated. There's no one else around who come close enough for comparison.
Jul 12, M. Dowsing rated it really liked it. McGuane's style takes some getting used to and he has a penchant for using obscure words, but he's very clever, offbeat and funny. The style and lack of plot means this won't be for everyone, but for those who like their literature "out there", this is highly recommended - especially if you've ever wanted to read a detailed description of a hair-raising haemorrhoid operation, in which case this is definitely the book for you!
Feb 09, georgia rated it really liked it. May 23, Courtney Brown rated it liked it Shelves: Off beat humor, off the wall characters, perfect title. Thomas McGuane knows his way around a sentence. Driven mainly by manic action, practiced insouciance and cool swagger, this rollicking novel follows Nicholas Payne on a journey through America circa With the energy of a beat poem, McGuane raises the sad sack American male to a vaulted and sympathetic place. Jan 30, J rated it it was ok.
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McGuane is a very talented writer, with sentences and a vocabulary that are bound to impress even the most critical of readers. However, with his technical expertise comes a lack of compelling characterization or plot, making this novel nearly unreadable. After reading and enjoying Panama , I had high hopes for the remainder of McGuane's bibliography. This being my next stop, I am left highly disappointed.
May 30, Ian Herbert rated it liked it. I enjoyed this, and I'd even recommend it. I rate three stars, but really mean 3. It just didn't fully do it for me. Very funny, tragi-com. Word-choice just a little too stretched out and exotic for me, I couldn't always follow what was going on. Aggressively clever writing in service of a relentlessly stupid plot. Sep 10, Stephen rated it liked it.
Timeless in that dated way. Sometimes pretty funny but never hilarious. Great for a plane ride. Good otherwise. Apr 22, Lawrence Leporte rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. The characters are caricatures, Ralph Steadman illustrations come to life. The protagonist is as mean and unpredictable as a sulky adolescent. Nearly everyone is a psycho- or sociopath.
Kindness seldom occurs, and when it does it is as if by accident. A multiple amputee tours the country in a motorhome looking to sell vast bat-towers to communities with insect problems, and a jar-headed ranch hand takes polaroids of a young woman's vulva from beneath the floorboards of a bathhouse. And yes, yes, The characters are caricatures, Ralph Steadman illustrations come to life. And yes, yes, later in the story the very same posh young lady inexplicably behaves in a way that is not at all consistent with expectations. The book is not going to be everyone's cup of tea.
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Counsel for the prosecution is ruthless, averring that no one could possibly empathize with any of its characters. And that no amount of Thomas McGuane's wizardry with the English language and undisputed brilliance when it comes to timing and the inventive turn of phrase can compensate for that. Granted, there is a semblance of plot, provided one uses the term in its broadest possible sense: people meet one another and leave, they travel to certain places, do certain things, and they end up a certain way. That, my Lord, is what passes for plot.
Yet, I counter, how jaded and world-weary would one need to be not to savor Payne's attempted moment as rodeo bronc buster? I merely pose the questions. Crown's counsel: inaudible Then there's one C. The man wants a classy bat — and frankly, who doesn't?
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I understand his stance perfectly. What, precisely, could be wrong with the idea that people might set some standards and then seek to live by them? But no one is going to pretend they're class bats by a long shot. Would he really discount as completely implausible the simple proposition that a young woman may have certain reservations when it comes to committing to a life-long career in the wig storage trade?
Who does not see in Doctor Proctor the incarnation of an attitude prevalent among the powers that be in our western democracies and the big-wigs in the entertainment industry that it is perfectly acceptable — and good business, even — to suborn the most exquisite forms of delusional behavior when it works to your relative advantage?
I'm sorry, my Lord. I truly am. I exhale heavily here, as if worn out by the effort. TM is one of my favorite authors and this is one of his best books. The defence rests. God bless, and have a wonderful day. Jul 01, Nathan Wisnoski rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. What a strange little book At times, I felt the characters undeveloped and the plot unconvincing, yet I was compelled to keep reading—no easy feat considering the book's ridiculously tight spine kept forcing its covers closed despite my endless attempts to pry it open!
This was my first time reading McGuane. I came across a number of his books in a used bookstore when their perfectly uniform Vintage Contemporaries spines caught my attention. I picked up a few for cheap and started with this on What a strange little book I picked up a few for cheap and started with this one as it was one of his more well-known and shorter novels. Supposedly The Bushwhacked Piano is somewhat different than McGuane's other novels and has often been described as rather picturesque—it was definitely 'out there'. I came into this looking for a quick and easy read, but that's not what I got—McGuane demands the reader's full attention.
He can write a knockout sentence and has a knack for unique descriptive prose. I suppose it's fair to say his writing style and utter command of language carry this novel when plot and characterization fail to do so—which is fine by me, I'm a sucker for an interesting an unusual narrative. A rather pedestrian story of ne'er-do-well pursues love interest cross country is accompanied by a creative business venture involving bat-driven mosquito control, but then McGuane treats us to the inside scoop on a rather intrusive operation that borders on cringeworthy.
At least there's some humor sprinkled throughout though, some dated, but most still effective. Overall, despite it's weird shortcomings, I enjoyed reading this one. Feb 28, Gabe rated it really liked it. Who other than Thomas McGuane would have a climactic scene feature a hemorrhoidectomy? Who other than Thomas McGuane could include both the word "pismire" and the term "dirt chute" in the same book?
The book stalls whenever the Fitzgerald family is involved excluding the scene in which Edna Fitzgerald slashes Duke Fitzgerald with some ballpoint pens and protractor ; and, like "The Cadence of G Who other than Thomas McGuane would have a climactic scene feature a hemorrhoidectomy? The book stalls whenever the Fitzgerald family is involved excluding the scene in which Edna Fitzgerald slashes Duke Fitzgerald with some ballpoint pens and protractor ; and, like "The Cadence of Grass," the best character in "The Bushwhacked Piano" is a secondary character: in "The Cadence of Grass" it was Bill and Evelyn, who is the main character of the second half , and in "The Bushwhacked Piano" it's C.
Clovis, the double-amputee who devises bat towers "batriums". Ann, Payne's love interest, is a sort of frustrating character and the Payne-Ann affair is never very interesting until the end, when he flips the balance of power in their relationship. Plot-wise, you never really have anything to read for, but the language here is so good dead, falling bats are described as "black Victorian gloves" that it's still well worth the read.
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