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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-

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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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About the author (1986)

Donald Barthelme, one of the major U.S. short story writers and novelists of the late twentieth century, worked outside the realistic tradition to satirize American life. Born in 1931 in Philadelphia, Barthelme spent part of his early life in Houston, Texas, and began to write fiction while working as a journalist, director of an art museum and university publicist. He saw absurdity lurking beneath the surface of these occupations and indeed of most conventional customs, and these became fuel for his creative fire. His arsenal of techniques included parodies of television shows, radio plays and recipes, long and elaborate metaphors, complex dream sequences, and a breakneck narrative pace. After the publication of his first collection, Come Back Dr. Caligari (1964), Barthelme devoted full time to his short stories and novels. The latter include Snow White (1967), The Dead Father (1975), and Paradise (1986). Barthelme also published three more short story collections, 60 Stories (1981), Overnight to Many Distant Cities (1983), and 40 Stories (1987). Barthelme died of cancer in 1989.

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