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Tongues of Men John Schultz

Tongues of Men

John Schultz

Published September 28th 1998
ISBN : 9780966755701
Hardcover
352 pages
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These eleven talesthree short novels and eight short stories--by John Schultz combine stark but heroic tragedy with an almost Rabelaisian bawdry and wicked good humor. The stories explore some of the classic American archetypes. Witness, for one,MoreThese eleven tales—three short novels and eight short stories--by John Schultz combine stark but heroic tragedy with an almost Rabelaisian bawdry and wicked good humor. The stories explore some of the classic American archetypes. Witness, for one, depicts the initiation into manhood of an Ozark lad driven to fury by his beloved uncle Jacks mysterious slaughter of a stranger. Custom involves the comic but nightmarish dilemma of the travelling salesman: How to find a woman in a strange town? (Custom was at the center of a controversy involving the ACLU, Grove Press, and media nation-wide concerning the seizure of John Schultzs manuscripts by customs officials in Laredo, Texas.) Morgan explores the power and odd purity of evil as it is found among GIs during the Korean War. The other eight tales, written in the same hard-bitten, masculine prose, are as powerful and memorable. They tell of good and evil, violence and harsh but tender male desire. Nothing like these stories exists in American fiction.The eleven stories include dream and realistic stories, about murder and community justice, travelling salesman in a strange town looking for a woman and/or a whorehouse, Korean War events, conflicts between American soldiers and Korean populace and between American soldiers and themselves, alcoholism, family conflicts, alienation, sex, fantasy assassination, home invasion, and beings that live under the bed. The stories are told from first, third, and community points of view.