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This is an auction for LORD OF THE BARNYARD by Tristan Egolf.

“In this monumental novel, bad luck follows John Kaltenbrunner as he struggles to live quietly apart from the mediocrity in the blue-collar Midwest town of Baker. In a series of elaborate events, John loses his family's farm to the treacheries of a Methodist congregation. In retaliation he destroys the property and is sentenced to three years in a work release program. After his time he returns to Baker and organizes a strike of the town's garbage workers for the cause implied in the book's subtitle, bringing the town to its knees. The dramatic conclusion entitles this novel to join the ranks of other master-plots of the whimsical and absurd. Egolf's storytelling is compelling, and his rich palette of similes and metaphors makes this an entertaining and disturbing portrait of small-town America. Highly recommended.”
- Library Journal (US)

"A wild ride of a book ...possessed of a manic, epic energy . . . robust and intoxicating prose."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"A work of substance, significance and originality . . . its pages reverberate with mutant sociolects, odd concatenations, myth, drama and a ludic zest . . . it owes a discernible debt to Steinbeck and Faulkner, a more palpable one to John Kennedy Toole."
- Times Literary Supplement

"In a vocabulary that is image-rich, imaginative, invented, twisted, a luxuriant prose, crazy like a river in flood, the legend of John Kaltenbrunner carries us on his journey and leaves us, at the end of the story, buzzing and entranced."
- Le Figaro

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 1998.

410 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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