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Book Title: The Feud|
The author of the book: Thomas Berger
Edition: Delacorte Press
Date of issue: 1983
ISBN 13: 9780440028338
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The Feud by Thomas Berger
This book appears to be so simple and yet it is a spellbinding, fabulous work.
In fact, I loved it so much that somewhere at 60% I stopped and have placed it in the waiting section of my to-read list.
When I enjoy a book extremely, I tend to like to prolong the pleasure, which ultimately means that I simply stop reading it.
I have interrupted the encounter with Paradise Lost, Adventures in the Screen Trade, No Orchids of Miss Blandish and a few more.
The feud starts with a small argument, which degenerates into a full blown “feud” with casualties and hurt feelings all around.
I have to repeat myself and say that I was so impressed with this novel, that I went on and searched for the author.
Thomas Berger is also the writer who has created Little Big Man, another chef d’oeuvre that I have finished before The Feud.
It all starts in a shop, where a belligerent customer is upset because the son of the owner, working on the premises comments on the cigar he has in his mouth
- We have a policy regarding smoking
- It is dangerous and not allowed
- I will take my business elsewhere
- Son, let the client be…
These are not the words spoken, but what I recall of the exchange which leads to a kind of a climax in the first few pages.
In the shop there is a cousin of the proprietor that likes to show off and has a penchant for violence, in evidence later on.
He uses a gun he has to scare the customer and even handcuff him, threatening that jail would come next.
It turns out that he is no policeman and in fact he no longer holds even his old job as a sort of detective for the railroad.
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows, as in that book which bears this title and shops burn down, cars are blown up.
I fell that I may give a little bit off here, since I may entice a few lost readers who stumble upon this note.
Otherwise, this a forgotten gem of a book I found looking it up that it only has 199 ratings on goodreads.
Nevertheless, I am convinced that is an extraordinary work that more than deserves the Pulitzer that was awarded for it.
The plot involves a Romeo and Juliet type of love story, whereby the son of the berated client falls for the daughter of the other party.
All throughout, the book is also incredibly funny, with various characters competing for the role of the craziest attitude, act or speech.
There is a sheriff that competes with characters in some classic comedies- Blazing Saddles or The Life of Brian.
A teenager gets hold of a gun and that is serious, but at the same time hilarious in its development and consequences.
There are shootings, but even those have a part tragic, part humorous aspect, with pie in the face and fights that create an atmosphere of merry go round at times.
Again- I was thrilled by this book.
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Read information about the authorThomas Louis Berger is an American novelist. Probably best known for his picaresque novel Little Big Man and the subsequent film by Arthur Penn, Berger has explored and manipulated many genres of fiction throughout his career, including the crime novel, the hard-boiled detective story, science fiction, the utopian novel, plus re-workings of classical mythology, Arthurian legend, and the survival adventure.
Berger's use of humor, and his often biting wit have led many reviewers to refer to him as a satirist or "comic" novelist, descriptions he prefers to reject.
His admirers often bemoan that his talent and achievement are so under-appreciated, in view of his versatility across many forms of fiction, his precise use of language, and his probing intelligence.
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