The Hundred Brothers

The Hundred Brothers

A Novel

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Explores a world of family relations, histories, and mysteries in the story of Doug, who gets together with ninety-eight of his ninety-nine brothers for an evening of dinner, drinking, reminiscences, and shared awareness

Blackwell North Amer
The Hundred Brothers, Donald Antrim's second novel, is a madcap allegory of family in all its hysteria and glory. Its premise is absurd - and uproariously funny: One hundred brothers, ranging in age from their mid-20s to the oldest, Hiram, who is 93, gather in the family's dilapidated library for an evening meal. The narrator, Doug, is an obsessive amateur genealogist preoccupied with tracing the family history to its origins - possibly and probably an insane monarch. The story takes place from dusk until dawn, from cocktails to postdinner impromptu football practice. Throughout the course of the evening, things get more and more chaotic as brothers are nearly fatally wounded in domestic mishaps, insults are hurled like water balloons, and the library itself falls further and further into disrepair. In the penultimate pages, most of the brothers are out for Doug, whose antics as the ancestral Corn King have instilled in them the desire for ritualistic sacrifice and a taste for blood. Antrim takes you on a ride through an evening where total insanity breaks out. Imagine the Marx Brothers - times twenty-five - performing a Harold Pinter play. The Hundred Brothers is a hilarious and heartbreaking metaphor for the trials, tribulations, joys, and jerkiness of families.

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The author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World explores a world of family relations, histories, and mysteries in the story of Doug, who gets together with ninety-eight of his ninety-nine brothers for an evening of dinner, drinking, reminiscences, and shared awareness. 20,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780517703106
0517703106
Characteristics: 206 p. ; 19 cm

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