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Golk (Phoenix Fiction)

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Combining high drama with surreal hilarity and presenting a remarkably prescient view of the future of television, Golk ranks with Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust as one of the finest novels ever written about the American entertainment industry. Its protagonist is equally clueless, although he learns, and he is equally taken under the wing of a strange guy who tries to be mythic and always the smartest guy in the room.

Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. First UK edition first impression in VG condition, there is toning to the front endpage and an erased pencil mark, no other internal markings, pages clean, binding firm, the jacket has wear to folds and extremities along with some other wear, now in removable protective sleeve, please see pics, PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch. Interlarded in the romance of Hondorp and Hendricks are a couple of scenes of Golk on the skids, unsure of where he might go and what he might do, initially resentful and upset, then resigned.Stern’s writing is fast-paced, wry, and very knowing (so knowing, in fact, that I often felt at sea when reading the dialogues between Hondorp and Hendricks), but the novel’s brevity and pace lend itself easily, like Gatsby, to another perusal to linger over some aspect that memorably pleased (and there were several such funny scenes and characterizations) and thereby better glimpse something of the elusive bigger picture. Through a devastating series of exposures—"You're on Camera"—Golk manipulates the high and mighty, the lowdown and dirty, and the outrageous weird; all are within the compass of Richard Stern in this early novel, a comedy with as many inspired maneuvers as its rambunctious protagonist has for taking the measure of a profligate world. It is midcentury America, the golden age of television, and a man named Golk is wreaking havoc with the medium. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. By bidding on, or purchasing this item, you are agreeing to us sharing your name and address details with that 3rd party supplier to allow us to fulfil our contractual obligations to you. He is drawn to Elaine Hendricks, a mid-20-ish divorcee who comes from money, and whose peripatetic past included a wealthy and abusive husband. A poor condition book can still make a good reading copy but is generally not collectible unless the item is very scarce. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.Combining high drama with surreal hilarity and presenting a remarkably prescient view of the future of television, Golk ranks with Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust as one of the finest novels ever written about the American entertainment industry. We have therefore developed this carpet set around our own new soundproofing kit which when fitted correctly will give you a great result and would recommend all new carpets are fitted with a Newton Commercial underfelt.

Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). The more combative the personality, the better the joke, and to help trap his victims Golk enlists a team of misfits, including Herbert Hondorp, a scholarly layabout turned photogenic decoy, and Jeanine Hendricks, a twenty-three-old debutante with a bitter worldview. Golk himself, about whom so many in this novel revolve, is the mastermind behind the hidden camera expose, which he uses to entrap people into behaving naturally in slightly extraordinary circumstances. I found this battered novel in the basement of Black Squirrel Books in Ottawa, ON, buried in a pile of old, orange Penguin paperbacks (if you ever see a pile of old, orange Penguin paperbacks, do not walk away from them.Through a devastating series of exposures—“You’re on Camera”—Golk manipulates the high and mighty, the lowdown and dirty, and the outrageous weird; all are within the compass of Richard Stern in this early novel, a comedy with as many inspired maneuvers as its rambunctious protagonist has for taking the measure of a profligate world.

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