Blue Pastoral

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2000 - Fiction - 315 pages
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"I see him now! Somewhere out there in that gloaming that we call the Past that Time forgot -- his ratty beard and frizzy hair, his hearty grease sandwiches, his rusted bicycle clips. An unlikely hero, your good faces seem to say..."

And so we meet our hero Serge "Blue" Gavotte, a modern-day Candide who quits his job, mounts a piano atop a broken-down pushcart and sets off with wife and child on a visionary quest across contemporary America in search of the "Perfect Musical Phrase." From the dismal plains of the Midwest to the technicolor sunsets of the Southwest, Blue refuses to let financial troubles, lecherous professors or the burdensome weight of his piano prevent him from reaching his final goal.

A work of art masquerading as artifice, Blue Pastoral is a madhouse production whose hilarious cast of styles and forms includes everything from Rabelaisian lists to Swiftian satires to parodies of such pastoral modes as the eclogue, the idyll, and the elegy.

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User Review  - lriley - LibraryThing

A kind of post-modern American tall tale. One can see in this a number of influences from the Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed like folk narratives of the 19th century to the progenitors of the French ... Read full review

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User Review  - yarb - LibraryThing

Woeful, substanceless, gaspingly self-conscious postmodern pissabout. An undergraduate wank with Flann O'Brien and Thomas Pynchon as the unfortunate centerfolds. Read full review

About the author (2000)

A recipient of numerous grants and awards including the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two NEA Fellowships and a Lannan Literary Award, Gilbert Sorrentino is the author of thirteen novels as well as books of poetry and criticism.

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