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5.0 out of 5 stars Leyner doesn't simply wound with words, he slaughters
Imagine this: Richard Brautigan's "Trout Fishing in America" is reborn in a Jackie Chan movie as a crossbreed between William S. Burrough's "Naked Lunch" and the more scientific portions of Richard Power's "The Goldbug Variations." Confused? Well... It helps if you approach the book not so much as a novel, per se, than as a gastronomical...
Published on 11 July 1997

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2.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but that not that funny
Is Mark Leyner funny? Yup, and clever too, and "My Cousin, My Gasteroenterologist" is full of good jokes. The problem, then, is that they're buried under so much junk and pseudo-transgressive "genre-busting" that you'd never know they were there unless you look really closely, and having to put that much effort into finding humor kind of negates...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leyner doesn't simply wound with words, he slaughters, 11 July 1997
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Imagine this: Richard Brautigan's "Trout Fishing in America" is reborn in a Jackie Chan movie as a crossbreed between William S. Burrough's "Naked Lunch" and the more scientific portions of Richard Power's "The Goldbug Variations." Confused? Well... It helps if you approach the book not so much as a novel, per se, than as a gastronomical imagination explosion. An Explanation?

Like Burroughs, Leyner doesn't write stories, although the book is seperated into "Sections". Rather, he chooses to take insane topics, (like the Military Academy of Beauty, a man named Big Squirrel shooting his first, beautiful ape woman, kidney stone removal with Jimi Hendrix guitar solos, etc.) and create an arsenal with it. Admittedly, this means you will either love it, or hate it. If you don't like it, leave it alone. The rest of us will blow cold cereal out our nostrils while howling with laughter. A completely original, insane, inspired masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly free of morals., 6 April 1997
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A tangy blend of sex, violence, and everything you should havelearned in Chem but they wouldn't teach you, My Cousin combines subjects that were always afraid of each other in a way that makes just enough sense to keep you reading. By the middle of the book, you will be enough in tune with Leyner's message to laugh when Yogi Vithaldis's eye lands in the styrofoam coffee cup. In addition to its taboo subject matter, My Cousin covers the seemingly inconsequential with viscious detail, while easily skimming over anything that might become a plot. The dialog is indiffererent and cynical, indicative of the world where Leyner lives, where phone sex happens on the answering machine and a man is a man is an android. This book paints an exiciting and depressing picture of the future, a time when all the priorities will have changed. My advice to the reader: read twice, once to laugh and ask "why the hell..." and once to see "why" and to put it together. PS: Makes great quotes to throw off your friends in conversation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad, mad ,mad!, 16 Nov 2005
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This review is from: My Cousin My Gastroenterologist (Paperback)
The content of ‘My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist’ is – thankfully – just as weird as the title. While billed as a novel, this is more truthfully a collection of short stories, a wild blend of insane science fiction, medical madness and laugh out loud humour. The pieces sit at a strange crossroads between being prose and poetry – Leyner writes in an incredibly dense manner with a constant stream of wild ideas, occasionally a narrative will start to take shape, but more often than not Leyner will get distracted along the way in an almost stream of consciousness manner. All this could of course be very pretentious, were it not for the fact that Leyner’s style and ideas are so outlandish that they’ll have you laughing your head off more often than not. If you enjoy such madness as William Burroughs and Steve Aylett you’ll love this: you know you’re on to a winner when a books opening paragraph contains such delights as “I’d been habitually abusing an illegal growth hormone extracted from the pituitary glands of human corpses and I felt as if I were drowning in excremental filthiness but the prospect of having something good to eat cheered me up” – what more do you need to know?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad, mad ,mad!, 16 Nov 2005
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The content of ‘My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist’ is – thankfully – just as weird as the title. While billed as a novel, this is more truthfully a collection of short stories, a wild blend of insane science fiction, medical madness and laugh out loud humour. The pieces sit at a strange crossroads between being prose and poetry – Leyner writes in an incredibly dense manner with a constant stream of wild ideas, occasionally a narrative will start to take shape, but more often than not Leyner will get distracted along the way in an almost stream of consciousness manner. All this could of course be very pretentious, were it not for the fact that Leyner’s style and ideas are so outlandish that they’ll have you laughing your head off more often than not. If you enjoy such madness as William Burroughs and Steve Aylett you’ll love this: you know you’re on to a winner when a books opening paragraph contains such delights as “I’d been habitually abusing an illegal growth hormone extracted from the pituitary glands of human corpses and I felt as if I were drowning in excremental filthiness but the prospect of having something good to eat cheered me up” – what more do you need to know?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but that not that funny, 9 May 1999
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Is Mark Leyner funny? Yup, and clever too, and "My Cousin, My Gasteroenterologist" is full of good jokes. The problem, then, is that they're buried under so much junk and pseudo-transgressive "genre-busting" that you'd never know they were there unless you look really closely, and having to put that much effort into finding humor kind of negates its value as humor. Which is a shame, because Leyner's obviously smart and has something to say about something (His short piece - not in this collection - about the Death of Postmodernism is fall-out-of-your-chair funny). Kinda just wish he'd settle down and stop congratulating himself and write a real book, one of these days. This one's an amusing diversion, and he's obviously talented, but it's not much else. It'd be sad if Leyner wasn't satisfied with just a smirk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a howl through America's icon from inside a maniac's brain, 18 Jan 1997
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The most original voice in America today. Certainly a proponent of the old saying, "if you remember the seventies, you didn't do it right"
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most intelligently, witty books out there., 29 Jun 1999
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Finally, a book chronicling the inanity of modern life withe the technological bent required for an intelligent appraisal of our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Damage For The Kiddies, 26 Jan 1999
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Tired of being popular? Want to sharpen your alienation skills? This is the book for you. The weirdos self-help guide and 12 step program. No self-respecting cynic can live without its powers. Guaranteed to contain at least 3 gestalt shifts per book or get your sanity back free.
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2.0 out of 5 stars And before Robbins, Richard Farina (w/paragoric Pell Mells), 9 Dec 1997
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Mark simply isn't taking this stuff seriously. This book makes a mockery of the great American economic system and all of its munificence. This great land of ours deserves better than the heir to Tom Robbins' Tomfoolery...
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