The Resource Duluth, Gore Vidal

Duluth, Gore Vidal

Label
Duluth
Title
Duluth
Statement of responsibility
Gore Vidal
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Gore Vidal has ravished every soap-opera cliche, scourged every stereotype of bestselling pulp in this savage satire of modern-day America. Here, in "Duluth," all appetites are catered for. From casual lake-front sex to warm, meaningful relationships, there is something - if not someone - for everyone. Perhaps Vidal's most outrageous novel, this is an indescribable fantasy purportedly set in the city of Duluth and involving a tv show also named "Duluth" (a parody of "Dallas"), a spaceship that has landed nearby, the antics of a policewoman, Darlene Ecks, and much else
  • "Leaden parody, hollow satire: Vidal, who seems to have been reading his Gilbert Sorrentino, is here sneering at pop-culture and the bourgeois values it reinforces (the easiest, most familiar targets imaginable)--in a post-modernist joke-novel, with sendups of everything from romance-fiction to sci-fi movies, that supplies a dozen or two good laughs amid the encroaching tedium. ""Duluth"" is the American every-city--on both Lake Erie and the Mexican border, near the Colorado River too. A spaceship has landed nearby [...] Furthermore: the Mayor is plotting against the police chief with Ludlum-esque convolutions; Roland Barthes is revealed to have been a French CIA mole; there are glimpses of predictably crass doings at the local TV station, the local Hollywood studio, the local disco', the Hispanics take hostages atop a high building; etc. And, while all these pop-media/genre formulas are alternating (complete with non sequiturs, clichéd prose, malapropisms, pornography, bad grammar), there are chapters of a very popular new romance by Rosemary Klein Kantor--with characters who slide, à la Sorrentino and others, in and out of the pages of Duluth. Funny? Occasionally. The point? Only the most obvious one"--Kirkus reviews
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1925-2012
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vidal, Gore
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3543.I26
LC item number
D8 1983
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fiction
  • Television authorship
  • Human-alien encounters
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • United States
  • Satire, American
Label
Duluth, Gore Vidal
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
214 p.
Isbn
9780394527383
Lccn
82040126
System control number
  • 283395-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)283395
  • (Sirsi) o09155230
  • (OCoLC)9155230
Label
Duluth, Gore Vidal
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
214 p.
Isbn
9780394527383
Lccn
82040126
System control number
  • 283395-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)283395
  • (Sirsi) o09155230
  • (OCoLC)9155230

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