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Paperback Searches and Seizures Book

ISBN: 0879232536

ISBN13: 9780879232535

Searches and Seizures

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This description may be from another edition of this product.  Three novellas filled with humor and insight by one of America’s modern literary masters In Searches & Seizures, Elkin tells the story of the criminal, the lovelorn, and the grieving, each...

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Three Novellas by a Great Poet

Stanley Elkin had a wonderful gift for colorful language and a breezy style, coupled with a narrative gift that brought the reader inside the heads of his characters. "The Bailbondsman," "The Making of Ashenden," and "The Condominium" are good examples of these gifts. The range of incident, humor, violence and dramatic confrontation shown in these novellas were marks of Elkin's style. I especially recommend "The Bailbondsman," for in addition its odd twists the story has depth and suspense and surprise. The narrator notices everything, even "the roller coaster" of a man's fly when he sits. You have to be ready to be shocked, but you will also find a whimsical streak in the writing that delights. Elkin's final novel, "Mrs. Ted Bliss," might have been a continuation of "The Condominium." Highly recommended for all who appreciate fine writing or who are trying to write on their own.
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