The Holy Book of the Beard

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Nan A. Talese, 1996 - Fiction - 323 pages
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"Twenty-two-year-old Jasper John has come to San Diego on his broken-down Harley to put a hell-raising and felonious adolescence behind him. He attends college part-time, but his involvement with the employees and regulars at the diner where he works forms his real education. Here the sublime meets the ridiculous (the chef sings opera while throwing steaks on the grill); the sacred collides with the profane (a persecuted professor turns Romeo and Juliet into a ribald porno-flick script); and Thanatos crowds libido (a formerly fast-living waitress longs for reunion with her dead husband). Jasper's tempter comes in the shape of the bearded, devilish Henry Hankformer pimp, sometime thief, full-time badass - who is always trying to inveigle Jasper into his shady, sometimes illegal schemes. Along the way there's death, a near castration, a good many brawls, and lots of sex - all as Jasper tries to figure out what it really takes, and what it really means, to be a man and find love in a broken world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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If Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski, Damon Runyon, John Kennedy Toole and Samuel Beckett were all rolled into one literary package, the result would be Duff Brennaís THE HOLY BOOK OF THE BEARD. Itís a ... Read full review

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As a busboy at a San Diego diner and a part-time student, young Jasper John must navigate among a motley group of co-workers and friends. His religion professor turns Romeo and Juliet into a porno ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
32
Section 3
59
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About the author (1996)

A Minnesota native and onetime dairy farmer, Brenna is an English professor. He lives in Poway, California.

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