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The Winter Zoo A Novel A sexy hilarious novel of wayward young expatriates and the difference between doing good and feeling good In a young man named Gurney abandons his newborn daughter in an Iowa delivery room and

  • Title: The Winter Zoo: A Novel
  • Author: JohnBeckman
  • ISBN: 9780805069044
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Winter Zoo: A Novel By JohnBeckman, A sexy, hilarious novel of wayward young expatriates and the difference between doing good and feeling good.In 1990, a young man named Gurney abandons his newborn daughter in an Iowa delivery room and escapes into Krakow, Poland, where it seems as if everyone is hunting for the next new thing Upon this seductive frontier, Gurney devotes himself to a life of irresponsibA sexy, hilarious novel of wayward young expatriates and the difference between doing good and feeling good.In 1990, a young man named Gurney abandons his newborn daughter in an Iowa delivery room and escapes into Krakow, Poland, where it seems as if everyone is hunting for the next new thing Upon this seductive frontier, Gurney devotes himself to a life of irresponsibility Already ensconced in Poland is Gurney s cousin Jane, a master manipulator who occupies the center of Krakow s spiderweb of sexual and political intrigue As Jane and Gurney s relationship swerves thrillingly closer to the incestuous, Gurney crosses paths and often swords with Krakow s gallery of rogues and innocents Among them are Wanda, Jane s virginal yet rebellious roommate, who harbors for Gurney a not so secret crush Dick Chestnutt, a sodden American expatriate Jackie Witherspoon, an ambitious young scholar of uncertain sexuality and allegiance and Zbigniew Zamoyski, Wanda s father, a former Communist aristocrat who decides that the fun, and Gurney, must be stopped.Seamlessly juxtaposing totalitarianism and freedom, the political and the personal, John Beckman has created a magical world Evocative and suberbly crafted, The Winter Zoo marks the debut of a young writer of enormous talent and promise.

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    1. Hats off to any author who has the balls to start a book with a young man watching his child being born and immediately afterward going off to new post Communist Warsaw to, essentially, party The mother would rather he go than have him remain in the picture and resent it He lives in Warsaw with his female cousin, sniffs her underwear, and cums into it, along with becoming a casino croupier, getting mixed up with assorted characters, and staging a major public orgy in a hotel ballroom I m a sucke [...]

    2. I was pretty surprised by a few of the episdoes in this novel i.e the group orgy near the end , especially since the author was one of my undergrad english profs.

    3. In September 1990, Gurney, the 22 year old protagonist, abandons his lover and their newborn daughter in Iowa and flees to Krak w, Poland, to live with his cousin Jane in a boarding house Fond of adventure and fun, Gurney becomes embroiled in the kooky and sometimes kinky lifestyles of Jane s friends, his landlady and her estranged husband Zbigniew, and their daughter Wanda Tormented over forsaking his daughter, Gurney keeps her a secret, but as the entangled relationships unravel he discovers t [...]

    4. The atmosphere The ambiance It s been a while since I ve been submerged so completely in a world A ride through Krak w through the eyes of an American graduate who s running from responsibility The terrible space between regimes communism giving way to capitalist gain Pleasure Sex Good old catholic guilt This book made me feel dirty and it enraptured me A psychological minefield I can t say I liked it, but it does some remarkable things.

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