Lightning Rods

October 5, 2011|
Lightning Rods by Helen Dewitt
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“All I want is to be a success. That’s all I ask.” Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat 126 pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet for his frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brainstorm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top — and to thevery heart of corporate insanity — with an outrageous solution to the spectre of sexual harassment in the modern office.

An uproarious, hard-boiled modern fable of corporate life, sex, and race in America, Helen DeWitt’sLightning Rods brims with the satiric energy of Nathanael West and the philosophic import of an Aristophanic comedy of ideas. Her wild yarn is second cousin to the spirit of Mel Brooks and the hilarious reality-blurring ofBeing John Malkovich. Dewitt continues to take the novel into new realms of storytelling — as the timeliness ofLightning Rods crosses over into timelessness.
Author of The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods, Helen Dewitt knows, in descending order of proficiency, Latin, ancient Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese: ''The self is a set of linguistic patterns,'' she said. ''Reading and speaking in another language i...
Title:Lightning Rods
Product dimensions:192 pages, 8.3 X 5.7 X 1.1 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 8.3 X 5.7 X 1.1 in
Published:October 5, 2011
Publisher:New Directions Publishing
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780811219433

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