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eBook The Hereafter Gang ePub

by Neal Barrett Jr.

  • ISBN: 1885418213
  • Category: Literary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Neal Barrett Jr.
  • Publisher: Mojo Press (November 5, 1999)
  • Pages: 304
  • ePub book: 1899 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1965 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 175

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The Hereafter Gang book. The Hereafter Gang is a literary accomplishment of rare insight and pure pleasure. Barrett's sense of humor is unexcelled.

The Hereafter Gang book. His ability to stir fantasy and reality into a delightful souffl redefines the term "magic realism".

Luckily, I had some influence with the local public library and got them to put it on the acquisitions list. They bought it, I read it, and I've been a Barrett fan ever since.

Now in the shadow of the silver water tower, rising like an iron castle keep above the town, the tower where a siren still sounds every noon, Doug sees one familiar sight and then another. The drugstore on the corner, the five and dime, the funeral parlor/hardware store, the grocery after that. The broad and empty streets, the high country curbs, the depot deserted forty years, the red brick buildings and tin fronts of Phara, Texas.

Neal Barrett Jr. On a hot summer Texas afternoon, Cindy Nance introduces young Doug Hoover to the two great secrets of life. Turned off by the present, Doug tries to recapture the joys of his past. Obeying a royal command can be hazardous to your health. In a magical world where animals have been given human form and chaos can often be the nature of the day, some universal truths remain. Like the futility of war and the foolishness of leaders. And, of course, the lingering prejudice against the Newlies, the humanized animals. But Master Lizard Maker Finn has no quarrel with creatures of any sort

Neal Barrett, J. is the author of more than 50 novels, including A Different Vintage, The Hereafter Gang, The Prophesy Machine, and The Treachery of Kings.

Neal Barrett, J. His short story collection, Perpetuity Blues, was a finalist for the 2001 World Fantasy Award. He lives in Austin, Texas. Bibliographic information. Mark V. Ziesing, 1991.

I love Neil Barrett, J. s writing. I found Aldair series from DAW in the early 80s remarkable, his mysteries delightful and this book the most fun I've had in quite some time. I only wish his writing were more popular. If the Sopranos wore overalls and didn't care for shoes, they'd likely live in Mexican Wells, Texas

Neal Barrett Jr. If the Sopranos wore overalls and didn't care for shoes, they'd likely live in Mexican Wells, Texas. Even in a mystical world where centuries ago animals were magically changed into humans, the land of Makasar is considered strange.

On a hot summer Texas afternoon, Cindy Nance introduces young Doug Hoover to the two great secrets of life. Doug likes the first secret a lot. The second, that guys grow up and go to work, doesn t appeal to him at all. A series of meaningless marriages and do-nothing jobs prove Cindy was right. Turned off by the present, Doug tries to recapture the joys of his past Captain Marvel and cinnamon squares, Dr. Pepper and window-peeking fun.

Nothing goes right until Doug meets Sue Jean, the culmination of a lifetime enchantment with mean-eyed Southern girls, his all-time carhop queen. Reality takes a hard right and never slows down. Doug, Sue Jean, and readers who can hang on tight are swept through an indescribable romp that gives new meaning to life, death, and roadside romance.

There are enough bizarre characters here to fill several institutions: Crime czars,proctologists, Western outlaws, dog-fighting aviators and trout-fishing Huns. The HereafterGang is a literary accomplishment of rare insight and pure pleasure. Barrett's sense of humor is unexcelled. His ability to stir fantasy and reality into a delightful souffle redefines the term "magic realism."

Comments

Qwne Qwne
Amazon tells you to star-rate books according to whether you liked them. I hated this, but that's just me. It's brilliant, and occasionally funny, if you have a deep black sense of humor, fuelled by despair and a general dislike of everything.

Doug Hoover is a 50-something drifter and womaniser who can't imagine giving a fart in a twister about anything or anyone. He is also, more or less inadvertently, a drunk. As the novel opens, he has, also more or less inadvertently, managed to stay married to one woman for some years and has kept a job - it's a well-paid job, too, one where if he shows up for work he's ahead of the pack. Naturally, when he realises this, he kinda sorta plans on leaving both, and heading for the tall grass, real soon now.

But Erlene, his present wife, the latest in a procession, pre-empts him and runs off with a TV preacher. Doug, outraged, first gets drunk and drugged with something - he doesn't know what - while boffing his latest sidepiece, and then wanders around. He throws up a lot. During this process he meets a new piece, but I'm not certain if what they do happens only in Doug's head, because he's pretty much out of it by then. This part is a little like "Ulysses" only in Dallas instead of Dublin. It ends when the pains in the chest that Doug's been having get worse, then go away. That's because Doug has had a heart attack and died.

The rest of the novel has Doug trying to make sense of the afterlife, which turns out to be a kinda sorta Paradise. In a way. Perhaps it might be Doug's idea of Heaven, with comic books and his western gunfighter and WW1 pilot heroes to talk to, and an endless supply of his favorite style of woman, southern sullen cowgirls with mean eyes. But it might, on the other hand, be hell. See, there's a version of hell in which the sinner has to repeat his sins over and over forever, to his ultimate satiation, weariness and boredom. Maybe so; me, I think that Doug wouldn't notice. I reckon the reader, on the other hand, is supposed to notice how godawful the whole thing is - Doug, his life, his death, what happens next, everybody else in the novel - they're all revolting - Dallas, America, the West, life, the Universe and everything, the whole goddam enchillada. The only refuge is bitter laughter.

This is the literature of the West in the late twentieth century. If it was an animal, you'd put it out of its misery.

Yeah. Well. I hated it. It's brilliantly written. I still hated it.
Quellik Quellik
The Hearafter Gang, by Neal Barrett, Jr., was quite a unique experience for me in my reading choices. I usually pick a story with a more contemporary style of writing and characters, but I was intrigued by this book. I am glad that I bought it. This was a fun read with some hilarious, uncontemporary characters that kept me grinning an entertained. I highly recommend this book to any reader looking for a "different" and thoroughly enjoyable trip to the hereafter.

Gaston Sanders, Author
Clonanau Clonanau
Not nearly as much fun as I expected. But if you're from around here (Austin TX), it's just like takin' a short road trip. Quick read, and not as confusing as I first thought. The protagonist may or may not be dead, thinks he's in heaven, but begins to wonder...so, OK, it must be purgatory. right? I guess I was in the wrong mood to care.

Really wanted to love the book, since the author was a good friend of several of my friends. I never met him, and probably never will (unless I go to the same Hereafter where he has gone).
Thetath Thetath
A loser hallucinates through a series of sexual and symbolic adventures. Barrett is a good writer, a close observer of people and organizations (he has some very funny things to say about business), but his "hero" is uninteresting, self-centered, and just plain boring, and his "adventures" are also boring. This is one of those "interesting idea" books that disappoints due to poor execution by the writer.
Paster Paster
Working through the images seemed dreamlike and the pictures of self knowledge kept popping up as the characters moved through the geographical themes. The outcome was a book of knowledge of discovering who you might want to be.
Arihelm Arihelm
Until a couple of months ago, I'd never heard of Neil Barrett Jr. So I was a little sad to learn that he passed away earlier this year. I hope he enjoyed some success in his lifetime. If The Hereafter Gang is any indication, he was a gifted writer, and more importantly, a gifted storyteller. Sorry I didn't find him sooner.
VariesWent VariesWent
Will need to re-read this....just a question of when. Each of Barrett's books is unique in setting, characters and tone, yet each has a trademark level of absurdity; enough to make you wonder....well, couldn't it happen.
I read this twice before I understood I wasn't supposed to understand it the first time.
I bought it because Hap ( of Leonard and Hap) was reading it in their second book.