The Bear Went Over the Mountain: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1997 - Fiction - 320 pages
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William Kotzwinkle, the esteemed author of The Fan Man and E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, is in top comic form in this outrageous and uproarious parable featring Hal Jam—a big black bear who finds a manuscript under a tree in the Maine woods, dons a suit and a tie, and heads off to the big city to seek his fame and fortune. What follows is a riotous magical romp with the buoyant Hal Jam as he leaves the quiet, nurturing world of the forest for the glittering and corrupt world of humans. New York and Hollywood and all that lies between serve as an expansive palette for Kotzwinkle's wickedly funny satiric brush. The Bear Went Over the Mountain skewers our age's obsession with money and fame in a delicious bedtime story for grown-ups.

 

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Bear went over the mountain

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This is not a childrens book but a adult fairy talewith adult situations. Its about a loveablefunny and sometimes angry bear and his adventures in the big city .I loved this book Read full review

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Here's one author you'll never forget. We don't mean Kotzwinkle, who does have best sellers like E.T. (LJ 8/82) to his credit, but his latest protagonist: a bear in the Maine woods who discovers an abandoned manuscript and heads to New York to seek literary fortune. Read full review

Contents

While his manuscript was being stolen by a bear Arthur Bramhall was having coffee with a furbearing woman They were in a diner on Main Street in...
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Arthur Bramhall returned home that night and went across the field with a flashlight to retrieve his manuscript from beneath its tree At first he though...
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Its a marvelous book said Chum Boy kins of the Boykins Literary Agency but of course I dont have to tell you that
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I Arthur Bramhall stared at the blank sheet of paper in his typewriter He had no words no thoughts no inspiration This time the forces of nature had b...
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The bear entered the Port Authority building off Times Square in Manhattan He was going back to Maine on the next Greyhound bus The panic hed ...
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Arthur Bramhall followed Vinal Pi nette into the entranceway of a small farmhouse Wood was stacked neatly in the yard and a pail of fresh water wa...
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I The bear pushed his shopping cart through the supermarket The skyscrapers of Manhattan had astounded him and now the endless amounts of hon...
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What you want said Pinette is a story that will touch people in the heart They climbed into Pinettes truck and he steered them through the twilight alo...
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Im downstairs said a female voice Im upstairs
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Vinal Pinette sat in front of his living room stove staring at the flames dancing behind the stoves glass window His dog lay beside him chin on his pa...
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Secret Service guys said the Ritz Carlton elevator man to the bear drawing attention to the several seriouslooking young men in dark suits standing sti...
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Arthur Bramhall slept his deep sleep undisturbed Vinal Pinette snowshoed through the woods every day and quietly checked on him The furbearing ...
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I The bear sat surrounded by tall stacks of his book which the bookstore in Philadelphia hoped to sell that day It pleased book lovers that he took the ...
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Vinal Pinette sat down on his old iron bed He wore a frayed knit cap to keep his bald head warm and his dentures were in a glass smiling at the faded...
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When the bear and his Chicago escort Will Elder entered the Channel 7 green room the Reverend Norbert Sinkler was also waiting there Elder intro...
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Arthur Bramhall woke in his dark cave He felt the pine boughs beneath him and the walls of rocks surrounding him Springtime was a long way off a...
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Elliot Gadson was reading the final proofs of an autobiography written by acquitted society scion Barton Balfour III whod been accused of having di...
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Shes all thats left of the old Spooner place said Vinal Pinette laying his hand against a dilapidated henhouse Titus Spooner was the greatest hand for i...
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Its so fortunate I happened to be in New York just now said Zou Zou Sharr to the bear over cocktails at Elaines bar Before becoming an agent for the...
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Vinal Pinette led the way toward the cookhouse of the logging operation his dog trailing behind him and Bram hall bringing up the rear The crews o...
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The bear took his time furnishing his apartment because he wanted it to be in perfect taste Light came from bubbling Lava lamps A painting on velve...
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Theres the feller were looking for said Pinette pointing through the window of his truck toward a skinny individual walking by the side of the road w...
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Elliot Gadson and the bear stepped into the large mirrored exercise room of Gadsons health club The bear was in gym trunks and a Tshirt as was Gad...
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Since my last book the fact that Frost used the word like as a simile 54 times per page is common knowledge Dr Alfred Settlemire of the University o...
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The bear strolled through Greenwich Village in the bracing autumn air A lovely night for a twolegged walk he said to himself Getting along like a re...
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Arthur Bramhall sat with Vinal Pi nette and Gus Gummersong in Gum mersongs shack Pinettes dog was lying in the yard watching a chickadee pecki...
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The publishing party for the bears book was held in a downtown warehouse thatd been gutted to house the newest hottest disco The walls were brick ...
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Arthur Bramhall and Vinal Pinette slid down a wooded ravine at twilight to the mouth of a cave Bramhall sniffed the opening thoroughly and cautio...
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Hal this is Bettina Its time for you to go to your interview Remember? Youre taping with Bryant Gumbel A limo will be waiting for you outside your...
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Vinal Pinette walked through the woods alone through swirling snow When he came to the steep hillside he worked his way slowly down it to the cave
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Hal Jam had not once mentioned the title of his book during their interview Gumbel felt this was the mark of a real artist who didnt feel the need to p...
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Arthur Bramhall lay sleeping in his den He had dreams He dreamed of bears their great dark forms rubbed against him then led him down forest trails
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Ive studied your case Mr Bramhall Eaton Magoon looked across the desk at his prospective client
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I The bears tour ended in Southern California whose lushness was like nothing hed ever encountered before He took an early morning walk on the g...
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The bear returned to New York City as Overlook Twentyfifth Lord of the Manor North Devon Elliot Gadson assured him that there was nothing to w...
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Hes refused to answer our interrogatories said Eaton Magoon Ive no idea why He has Tempo Oil attorneys representing him so I assume theyre up to...
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The court has compelled us to answer said Warwick
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It was springtime when the bears case came up before the superior court in Maine He and his lawyer John Warwick checked into the only lodging av...
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Why am I bothering with it Vinal? It was night and Bramhall was seated with Pinette in front of the old lumberjacks kitchen stove The kitchen was lit...
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After supper at the local diner the bear his lawyer and his agent strolled along Main Street Boykins gazed downward as he walked to avoid the cracks...
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Whats going on here? the bear asked himself as he sniffed Arthur Bramhalls scent across the courtroom He turned to his lawyer and said Hes a bear
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Magoon sat with his client in the diner on Main Street The sound of the river could be heard from their table along with the cries of a pair of ospreys ...
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Vinal Pinette sat with his dog in front of his kitchen stove I let him down said the old man staring at the scarred wooden floor
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On the following day in court Eaton Magoon gave proof of his clients literary abilities from his PhD through the many scholarly essays hed publishe...
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Ladies and gentlemen of the jury have you reached a verdict? We have your honor The jury decision was that the bear was the author of Destiny and...
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Arthur Bramhall sat by the edge of a stream Events from the courtroom were behind him now hed been able to sustain an interest in them only while ...
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Hal Im so very glad to finally have the chance to meet you said the vice president on the south lawn of the White House
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William Kotzwinkle is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a winner of the World Fantasy Award, and a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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