Ice Fire Water: A Leib Goldkorn Cocktail

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 1, 2000 - Fiction - 264 pages
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"At once a travel tale, a historical meditation, a Holocaust revenge fantasy, and a bedroom farce."--D. T. Max, New York Times Book Review Leib Goldkorn, aged musician, first appeared almost a quarter-century ago in The Steinway Quintet. Now Leib has replaced his magic flute with his phallus: it is love, longing, and the quest for sexual fulfillment that must stave off both his own death and the imminent destruction of the Jews. In Ice he rescues the celebrated skater Sonja Henie from Hitler's clutches. In Fire his paramour is Carmen Miranda. And in Water he engages in a South Sea Island intrigue with a famous swimming star of the 1940s. Meanwhile, in the present, Leib seeks consummation with three other inamoratas: Clara, his wife; Hustler model Miss Crystal Knight; and the critic Michiko Kakutani (causing a real-life literary scandal). In this "wickedly funny" (Elle) and no less heartbreaking novel, Leib Goldkorn emerges as one of American literature's most enduring, and endearing, creations. A New York Times Notable Book; a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.

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Leib Goldkorn may be 97 years old, but he shows no signs of slowing down; this follow-up to Goldkorn Tales opens with our hero stealthily procuring a Hustler magazine from a street vendor to celebrate ... Read full review

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Disappointing after reading "San Remo Drive" and "King of the Jews" - both great reads - by the same author. I find this one disjointed, chaotic, and boring.

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Leslie Epstein has written eight books of fiction including King of the Jews, San Remo Drive, and Pandemonium and won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Achievement in Literature for his creation of Leib Goldkorn. The director of the Creative Writing Program at Boston University, he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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