Somebody Please!!! Hurt Me!: (The Red Baron!)

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AuthorHouse, May 21, 2004 - Humor
A zany comedy about God, sex and guilt, as seen through the eyes of our antihero Dr. Gunder Shocker, alias Gunder Oedipus von Schockenkraenken, a dysfunctional psychotic, first generation German-American and his struggle with: bad genes; a need to get even; the not so benign game of golf; the power of his scalpel; and the scars of a traumatic childhood, tenfold more calamitous than Dorothy's encounters on her yellow brick road to Oz. Our antihero - a captive of the genes of his late father, Herr Baron Wilhelm Mueller von Schockenkraenken, a career Nazi colonel and doctor rumored to be one of, if not, the Belsen Butchers, whose hanging fate his son now sees as his own inescapable destiny - as said, our antihero, Dr. Gunder Shocker, is a man struggling with his German heritage and first-generation-American-itis - belonging and yet not belonging - insecure in the American way, clinging to the ways of the old country, but yet, like most American doctors, intensely caught up in the pastime of golf, which he treats more like war than sport. The doctor's one true relationship in which he is secure is with his deformed and mentally disabled bastardized Cousin Egore Schlepstein, the deformity a product of a very stressful pregnancy, the stress brought upon his mother by the baron, her brother, the disability inflicted by one angry swoop of the baron's sword. To the care of his cousin and to the correction of his cousin's affliction, Dr. Shocker has devoted - undaunted by his small successes and major setbacks - a lifetime of novel experimental approaches - Dr. Shocker, an electricity aficionado in the Ben Franklin sense, is a very inventive man, and he will not give up, for there is here - between Egore Schlepstein and Gunder Shocker - more than a blood-bond; there is here, between these to tormented souls, a symbiotic relationship, one depending on, needing, perhaps at times feeding on, the other.

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