Winkie by Clifford ChaseWinkie by Clifford Chase


byClifford Chase

Paperback | June 20, 2007

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In Cliff Chase's scathingly funny and surprisingly humane debut novel, the zeitgeist assumes the form of a one-foot-tall ursine Everyman - a mild-mannered teddy bear named Winkie who finds himself on the wrong side of America's war on terror. After suffering decades of neglect from the children who've forgotten him, Winkie summons the courage to take charge of his fate, and so he hops off the shelf, jumps out the window, and takes to the forest. But just as he is discovering the joys and wonders of mobility, Winkie gets trapped in the jaws of a society gone rabid with fear and paranoia. Having come upon the cabin of the mad professor who stole his beloved, Winkie is suddenly surrounded by the FBI, who instantly conclude that he is the evil mastermind behind dozens of terrorist attacks that have been traced to the forest. Terrified and confused, Winkie is brought to trial, where the prosecution attempts to seal the little bear's fate by interviewing witnesses from the trials of Galileo, Socrates, John Scopes, and Oscar Wilde. Emotionally gripping and intellectually compelling, Winkie exposes the absurdities of our age and explores what it means to be human in an increasingly barbaric world.
Title:WinkieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 20, 2007Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802143105

ISBN - 13:9780802143105

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an amazing book - about a teddy bear that has been mistaken and trialed as potential terrorist suspect. The story is cute, inspiring and warm. I can read it again and again.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Read! This book didn't make any sense. It was random and I feel wasn't well put together. I had to read it for an English class and I hated it the whole entire time. It was just too confusing and weird.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical "Winkie is a bizarre little creature, both as cuddly object of childhood adoration and as literary object of my adoration. It's part allegory for the insane times we live in, with our fear of the other and our incessant need to blame others for our problems. It's part exploration of the outsider. But Winkie's true heart lays in Chase's plea for acceptance and tolerance. Winkie may be a bear, but he's far more rational a being than most people, and far more accepting of the world's mysteries." Read the full review here -
Date published: 2009-02-12

Editorial Reviews

'The courtroom scenes are wildly, brilliantly comic. . . . But Chase isn't just being cute here. . . . At heart, the book is an argument for openness and inner strength on every imaginable front. Chase makes this out-of-left-field story work brilliantly; a funny and sweet yet seriously topical novel.' - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)