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The Tetherballs of Bougainville: A Novel

By Mark Leyner

The Tetherballs of Bougainville: A Novel

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Started reading:
2 February 2013
Finished reading:
9 February 2013


Your standard, garden-variety satirists and surrealists look like municipal judges in Utah next to Mark Leyner, who here has produced a coming-of-age tale that takes place in no age you’ve ever seen, even if some of it is set in New Jersey. (And, yes, there are bits and pieces set in Bougainville, some even about tetherball.) A lad named Mark Leyner has just observed the Garden State failing to execute his father; meanwhile, he has to do something about his screenplay The Vivisection of Mighty Mouse Jr., which has already won an award even though he technically hasn’t written it yet. After that, things get complicated. I didn’t count them to be sure, but there seem to be at least half a dozen WTF-inducing sentences on each and every page. This is the mark of genius, and perhaps also of some mental condition to be announced in the forthcoming tablet edition (take one as directed each day) of DSM VI. Read it at your own risk. If you survive, you’ll love it.