The Bear Went Over the Mountain: A Novel (Owl Book)

By William Kotzwinkle

Once upon a time in rural Maine, a tremendous black endure came upon a briefcase lower than a tree. Hoping for nutrients, he dragged it into the woods, in basic terms to discover that every one it held used to be the manuscript of a singular. He could not consume it, yet he did learn it, and made up our minds it wasn't undesirable. Borrowing a few outfits from an area shop, and the identify Hal Jam from the labels of his favourite meals he headed to manhattan to hunt his fortune within the literary world.

Then he took the United States by way of storm.

The undergo Went Over the Mountain
is a riotous, magical romp with the buoyant Hal Jam as he leaves the quiet, nurturing global of nature for the glittering, moneyed international of guy. With a pitch-perfect comedian voice and one eye on social satire to rival fast or Wolfe, bestselling writer William Kotzwinkle limns Hal's hilarious trip to manhattan, l. a., and the nice sprawling kingdom in among, the place a undergo makes solid regardless of his natural tendencies, and the place money-hungry executives see now not a bushy beast with a purloined novel, yet a rough-hewn, soulful, media-perfect nature man who simply will be the following Hemingway.

through turns sidesplittingly humorous, stingingly ironic, and all at once smooth, The endure Went Over the Mountain captures the zeitgeist of the Nineteen Nineties dead-on, in a scrumptious bedtime tale for grown-ups.

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It had a calming influence. “Porkapine going,” stated Pinette, nodding prior to them, the place the ambling creature was once stuck within the headlights of the slowing motor vehicle. Its eyes gleamed, and Bramhall received out of the truck whereas it used to be nonetheless relocating. He the porcupine around the highway, which prompted it to elevate its quills defensively. It waddled off into the foliage, and he listened to it going slowly away into the darkness of its personal matters. “Porkapines are comical rigs, all right,” stated Pinette, bobbing up beside him within the highway. Bramhall used to be sniffing the porcupine, its smell a bit human, like a seriously perspiring individual in a raunchy undershirt. “What’s up, paintings? You scent anything? ” “You don’t odor it? ” “Can’t say I do. ” The porcupine had long gone a long way adequate into the underbrush for the sound of its pursuits to move undetected, yet its smell used to be leaving a bright photo of it within the evening air. Bramhall became his head round, all at once conscious that he was once smelling an evening wealthy with scents of each type. however the second he attempted to investigate the feeling, whatever slammed close, with the sound of a submitting cupboard, a door, a window whose sash has snapped, and that snap was once his go back from no matter what perfumed cloud he’d been touring on, and his heightened experience of scent was once long past. Elliot Gadson was once examining the ultimate proofs of an autobiography written through acquitted society scion Barton Balfour III, who’d been accused of getting disposed of his spouse by way of serving her as much as visitors in a gentle Madeira mushroom sauce. Balfour’s prose sort left a lot to be wanted, however the major factor was once that the center was once there. “Mr. Hal Jam to work out you, Mr. Gadson. ” a tender editorial assistant stood on the door, the endure beside her. “Ah, Hal, are available, are available in. I’m thrilled to fulfill you. ” Gadson came to visit to front of his table, retaining out his hand. “I enjoyed your e-book. It used to be thoroughly genuine to me. I felt I’d identified the folk in all of it my lifestyles. ” The undergo used to be sniffing the workplace: espresso, cologne, paper, glue. He cherished the life-size cardboard reproduction of Barton Balfour III with a knife and fork in his arms; it confirmed a formal esteem for consuming. “I can’t take into accout the final time I learn such an soaking up work,” persevered Gadson, feeling his method rigorously, as Jam had the air of a messenger boy who’d been sniffing aerosol cans. “Noticing our different titles? As you'll find, we've got a assorted checklist. a celebrity biography or , the most recent from the Bel Air vitamin Doctor …” Gadson used to be now not warming to his new writer, for Jam was once guarded. God, i am hoping he’s now not homophobic, proposal Gadson, whose wall carried a poster of Cary supply in citing child, in the mean time whilst he’d wear a woman’s nightgown and cried, “I simply went homosexual instantly. ” The endure used to be no longer homophobic, as bears have a tolerant sexual perspective. sometimes younger male bears who fail to discover a feminine will hump one another, and not anyone makes a fuss approximately it. “I’d such as you to fulfill Bettina Quint, our exposure director,” acknowledged Gadson, and dialed one other place of work. “Hal Jam is with me now, Bettina.

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