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Book Title: The Franchiser|
The size of the: 787 KB
Edition: Open Road Media
Date of issue: October 26th 2010
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The author of the book: Stanley Elkin
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Read full description of the books The Franchiser:Ben Flesh is one of the men "who made America look like America, who
made America famous." He collects franchises, traveling from state to
state, acquiring the brand-name establishments that shape the American
landscape. But both the nation and Ben are running out of energy. As
blackouts roll through the West, Ben struggles with the onset of
multiple sclerosis, and the growing realization that his lifetime quest
to buy a name for himself has ultimately failed.
Read information about the authorStanley Lawrence Elkin was a Jewish American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships.
During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one (unproduced) screenplay. Elkin's work revolves about American pop culture, which it portrays in innumerable darkly comic variations. Characters take full precedence over plot.
His language throughout is extravagant and exuberant, baroque and flowery, taking fantastic flight from his characters' endless patter. "He was like a jazz artist who would go off on riffs," said critic William Gass. In a review of George Mills, Ralph B. Sipper wrote, "Elkin's trademark is to tightrope his way from comedy to tragedy with hardly a slip."
About the influence of ethnicity on his work Elkin said he admired most "the writers who are stylists, Jewish or not. Bellow is a stylist, and he is Jewish. William Gass is a stylist, and he is not Jewish. What I go for in my work is language."
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