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Putnam, 1986 - Fiction - 208 pages
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As a ghost for a year, Simon, a fifty-year-old man, wanders through New York City holding an imaginative conversation with the idea of Paradise and encountering such purposeful individuals as an angry lawyer, a sensual poet, and his own illegitimate half-brother

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User Review  - abirdman - LibraryThing

A series of very short "chapters" (almost separate stories) with a very amusing premise-- a newly separated married man lives in an apartment with several beautiful woman who all love him. Only Barthelme could find the down side, and he does. Read full review

Paradise (American Literature Series)

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This 1986 satire of the midlife crisis follows newly single Simon, who moves into his own apartment and shockingly becomes the sex toy of a harem of lingerie models living down the hall. But Simon is ... Read full review


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Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential American novelists of the 1970s and 1980s, bringing a unique postmodern voice to his novels, short stories and essays. He died in 1989.