Misterioso

Gilbert Sorrentino, Author Dalkey Archive Press $19.95 (282p) ISBN 978-0-916583-43-9
Only close readers of the previous two volumes in Sorrentino's trilogy ( Odd Number ; Rose Theatrestet Brit spelling ) can hope to discern anything resembling a plot in this final work. A truncated series of frustrating anecdotes outline a ragtag crew of individuals who are somewhere on the fringes of the arts and/or life. Details about these eccentrics are revealed in brief ``items'' interspersed throughout (``Plain Lucia Lewison, at one time Henry's wife, was not locked out of the Kodak Motor Inn, `allegedly nude,' by John Greene Czcu; she was ejected from the Lido''). Sorrentino fires off numerous references to other literary works and characters as well as peppery attacks on the literary establishment; he ventriloquizes the language of supermarket tabloids, apes European accents and produces a gaggle of stewardesses all named Karen, but his evident wit might have been better diverted to character development. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
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