By Harry Crews
“As semimythic, mad-writer-guys pass, purely Cormac McCarthy can rival Georgia-born Harry Crews at the modern American scene.” –Glen Hirshberg, Seattle Weekly
Hickum Looney is set to win Soaps For Life’s annual revenues contest- and this 12 months he has an part. Looney has stumbled on that excellent shopper: the proverbial little outdated girl, who swallows all his patter, introduces him to all her buddies, and is helping him fill a list variety of order books. yet prior to he can declare the Cadillac, the journey to Disney international, and the $2,000 in money as his personal, Looney needs to take care of the Boss, a guy who outsells his personal salesmen 12 months after year.
Harry Crews turns the vintage rags-to-riches tale on its head during this hilarious saga of the rigors and tribulations of a beleaguered salesman.
“The Mulching of the USA is the funniest e-book ever written a few door-to-door cleaning soap salesman. not only humorous both. Savage. Dealing hyperbole with either fingers. Harry Crews bubbles to the skin back with this sort of satire that makes speedy glance slow.” -Dick Roraback, The Washington publish booklet World
“The Florida writer has outfitted a nineteen-book occupation by way of writing—piercingly, sympathetically and not, ever condescendingly—about those who are no longer common within the secure, sanitary feel of the be aware. Crews offers them an knowing, humorous voice that earrings like a burlesque mixture of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.” – Jeff Baker, Oregonian
“A roller-coaster-ride of a singular, "neck deep in crazy,” … disgusting and grotesque.” – Kirkus Reviews
From Library Journal
Traveling salesman Hickum Looney has been toiling 25 years with the Soaps for all times corporation to be the easiest salesman within the outfit. After one particularly hey of door-to-door revenues, Hickum figures he can simply win the once a year Soaps for all times revenues contest. however the Boss, a manic, hare-lipped determine who's half Norman Vincent Peale, half Jim Bakker, and half Adolf Hitler, has consistently received the competition, and he has different plans for Hickum Looney and Soaps for all times. alongside the best way to repute and misfortune, Hickum meets up with the common solid of Crews's misfits: Gaye Nell Odell, a prostitute and karate specialist whose skill to shoot a pistol renders one among Hickum's enemies toeless; Crews's perennial personality, former bodybuilder Russell Muscle (e.g., physique, 8/90), now the Boss's masseur; and the Boss's chauffeur, Pierre LaFarge, a former convict with unconventional sexual appetites. For a short second after he and Gaye Nell develop into enthusiasts, Hickum's flame of good fortune sparkles gradually merely to be extinguished through the robust winds of the Boss's corporation plan. At its most sensible, Crews's writing is a two-edged sword that slashes with its razor-thin hilarity whereas cutting open the bottom of the recent South to show its depravity and hollowness. This novel is certainly one in every of his top.
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Sorria, ouvindo Dionísio contar-lhe, orgulhoso como um sábio nos princípios da sua ciência, o que fizera na aula, o que o professor perguntara e as respostas que lhe dera. , o professor. E a alegria do pequeno foi imensa quando pôde, enfim, com verdadeiro conhecimento de causa, explicar à irmã, boquiaberta, por que ardera o palheiro. E assim, educando os filhos e administrando a propriedade, Maria Leonor viu passarem, iguais uns aos outros, os meses de Verão e, do mesmo modo, começar o Outono. Estava só em casa, além dos filhos e de Benedita.
Benedita, mortalmente aborrecida, nem ânimo tinha para as mandar calar. Pensava de novo em Viegas, que a convencera a dar aquele passo. Fora um sacrifício para si, mas falara! E a pobrezinha lá estava em cima, sabe Deus como! A este pensamento, não pôde impedir-se de se levantar e de subir a escada a correr para ver a ama. Riscou um fósforo e acendeu a vela metida na palmatória; olhou para dentro do quarto. Maria Leonor dormia ainda. Aquela noite foi a primeira, depois de muitas noites pavorosas, em que Maria Leonor dormiu sossegadamente, num sono só, sem pesadelos, sem aquelas horríveis cruzes que lhe caíam inexoráveis sobre a cabeça, como destinos que se cumprissem.
Baixou a voz, quase segredando: - E sabe, minha senhora? Desde que isso sucedeu, tenho pensado muitas vezes no caso e ainda não vejo mais do que via antes. Já me lembrei até de falar ao senhor prior, mas tenho-me acanhado e não me atrevi... Curiosa, Maria Leonor indagou: - Atreveste a quê? - A perguntar-lhe. Ora oiça, minha senhora. Agora que já está curada da sua doença e daquela prostração que a trazia consumada, posso falar-lhe destas coisas. A senhora acertou. Foi o doutor Viegas quem lembrou dizer à senhora o que sabe.
The Mulching of America by Harry Crews