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This is an auction for MR SPACEMAN by Robert Olen Butler.

“MR SPACEMAN is a surprisingly sweet and droll first-person account of the vexed attempts of an alien to understand the bafflingly unpredictable human race. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Butler has wandered far from his usual guilt-haunted terrain here, displaying a remarkably deft hand for satire. A spaceman has been circling the earth for decades in an attempt to make sense of humans and their ‘complex and alien world’ - gently abducting people, interviewing them, and returning them to their homes (after clearing their minds of any recollection of his presence). His mission: during the last minutes of 1999, he is to descend to the planet and inform its populace that they are not alone in the universe. But the project gets more and more unpredictably complicated. He's fallen in love with Edna, a beautician from Alabama whom he abducted from a WalMart parking lot. She's named him Desi (his own name being unpronounceable), set up housekeeping aboard the spaceship, and doesn’t mind that he is short, thin, gray, and has eight fingers on each hand. Butler, not shy of controversy, has much fun with the religious overtones inevitably invoked. Desi goes down to earth as midnight nears, having chosen a suitably public place for his arrival. But he hasn't counted on how accepting, even appreciative, humans can be of that which is odd and unsettling. His mission, he discovers, is really only beginning. Mischievous, satisfying entertainment.”
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 2001.

223 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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