Shamp of the City-solo: A Novel
This "fantasy novel" occurs in what may be thought of as a dystopian parallel-universe, a world recognizable to ours but set in an odd remove where the hero's hunger for fame shows its mythic origin. Hughbury Shamp is the reluctant teen-age hero who becomes apprenticed to three "masters" at the West Poolesville Depot on the Sumpsky Prospect, across the River Sump from Big Yolk, the City-Solo. his education involves a series of preposterous and hilarious misadventures with the likes of the impresario Sergei Shipoff, Dr. Harry Analarge, and the World Friar Tapsvine, all the while he is being propelled toward stardom as prize-winning speaker at the murderously competitive Arslevering Ox-Roast.
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Analarge's Annie Arslevering AUNTY Babaeski Big Yolk bitchhounds Borigard Bosky Point Brakeknot Bruce McPherson Bulimy County Cauley Chaspel chicken Chrust city-solo coils Cornwallis cried daughter DAY PRE OX Depot Doctor Analarge ear bobs ear wattles earnest lector Empory face fame Fech feet Fraulein Analarge Grizzard gutter window hand hanging head heart Hibernaculum hibernate hindthought hole Hughbury Shamp Hughby Inexpressible Izmir Jaimy Gordon laboratory lectern lectromagnate Little Athens little pork looked loved Luckenkamp Maiseen master McCorkle never nose novice lector once Ox Roast pay toilet peccancy piss popped porkpie pulled Rank Bosk Map recoil Reddick rolled Sergeant Shipoff Shipovian smiled solo star starboy stared stuck subway Suddenly Sump Sumpsky Prospect Tapsvine's toga took Topical Tropists topos track tropos tubes turned upramp Vasselina vestibule Waste Confession weeks West Poolesville World-Friar Tapsvine Yanneleh Yeeza Yevlenkovich