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Oedipus Cadet Paperback – 1 Mar 1990

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Black Heron Pr (Mar. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930773128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930773120
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 21.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,138,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Very Funny Book!

"Oedipus Cadet" is a satire of the middle-American ideal of security and stability. In the 1950s everything only appears stable. But beneath appearances something sinister lurks. It arises from the depths, flirting with, even wholly engaging pure evil. It is a consuming fire, blazing from the furnaces of the libido to enflame your entire being. It is the violation of what you hold most dear. It is PUBESCENT FANTASY! Or is it? Willie Smith blends fantasy and--what? Other fantasy? Let's call it reality--until first you are not certain which is which, and then you know very well. "Oedipus Cadet" is very seductive. It is a book to be experienced rather than read with detachment. After reading this book, you will look at life, yours and others, different, perhaps with sympathy, perhaps with horror. Also, it is a fun book.

What The Critics Are Saying:

"If James Joyce had wanted to write like Dashiell Hammett, and had a sense of humor, he would have written like Willie Smith." -- K.O., Reflex Magazine

"Willie Smith has a reason for writing that goes hand in hand with my reason for reading: surviving under a crushing weight by proving daily that it is not a crushing weight. This writing is the only kind of argument that beats universal inertia. Heads roll here." -- Jessie Bernstein

"This is a quirkily original novel. . . . The telegraphic, Celinesque style has its own energy . . ." -- The Kirkus Review

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Penises are deaf-mutes. 17 Mar. 2006
By P. H. Madore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Willie Smith writes with a style you cannot fathom. This book may be aging but it rings as true as it did when he published it back in 1990. The man's quips are unlike any other, and his metaphors are direct and stunning. "Penises are deaf-mutes" is one of the greatest lines you will ever read.

So buy this book and fly a mission.
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