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The Development: Nine Stories
 
 
Author
John Barth.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780547394503
Pages/Publication Date 167/2010
Daedalus Item Code 22061
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"I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting hour: the summer of the Peeping Tom." The National Book Award–winning author of Chimera, The Sot-Weed Factor, and Giles Goat-Boy looks in on the empty nesters of a gated community on the Chesapeake Bay in these nine linked stories. From the high jinks of a toga party to marital infidelities, a baffling suicide pact, and the sudden, apocalyptic destruction of the short-lived development, this enclave of retirement castles is a place as colorful, shocking, and surreal as any of John Barth's fictional locales.

"From the iconic Barth come nine darkly comic stories set in a gated community on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In his trademark style—multiple endings, metaphysical musings, breaking the fourth wall—Barth presents a searing indictment of a certain sociological class in the later stages of life, when the worries of advancing age beset characters who are dealing with or anticipating infirmities, burdensome caregiving and wrenching losses. Barth's antic eye for character is undiminished; he fleshes out a spectrum of men and women who run the gamut of professions, political beliefs and financial status, and whose relationships include unwavering marital love, random flirting and adultery. The current(ish) events simmering in the background (the Bush administration's follies, Uganda and Darfur, and several hurricanes) ground the narrative and put the stories into a broader context outside the community's gates. Urbane, discursive and humorous, often bawdy and never sentimental, these stories would be an accessible way for new readers to discover Barth, and his fans, of course, will eat this up."—Publishers Weekly

 
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