By Harry Crews
"Everything that's occurred during this goddam state within the final fifty years has occurred in, on, round, with or close to a car."
Herman Mack is determined to eat a 1971 Ford Maverick, bumper to bumper, part a pound an afternoon, in half-ounce cubes, for a paying viewers within the ballroom of the biggest inn in Jacksonville, Florida. His junkyard working blue collar kinfolk isn't having it, however the complete car-crazed nation pours in to monitor the 1st chew - and the 1st "pass" - and if the bargains can get signed, and the bomb threats don't pan out, and every little thing that's exploitable will get exploited, and the entree could be saved sanitary, and the lodge prostitute can practice the ointment, then ... Then the grand sideshow stunt may well simply cross into legend. medical professionals are consulted. television cameras are introduced in, set to broadcast coast-to-coast and past. A blowtorch cuts off a section of the bumper. And it's served as much as the last word shopper. funds, satisfaction, famous person, goals - a fable within the making - are all at the line. Herman Mack grew up cleansing, solving, promoting, salvaging, wrecking, residing and respiring automobiles. yet can he fairly devour one?
In automobile, the acclaimed writer of A ceremonial dinner of Snakes totals America's all-consuming love affair with the car -- purveying his ugly and farcical iconoclasm in generally Crewsian model -- with knife, fork and bared teeth.
"This e-book is enormously humorous, certainly painfully so ... automobile has flash after flash of real brilliance." -The manhattan instances publication Review
From Kirkus Reviews
What else can a boy who's been pointed out in AUTO-TOWN, forty-three acres vast and not anyone is aware how deep in junked autos, do while he grows up yet consummate his (and America's) love affair with vehicles by means of consuming one -- for that reason a Ford Maverick (not the spare tire or the jack, simply the fundamental car), in half-ounce lumps, part a pound an afternoon, for what's going to take a bit over ten years'? The crowds love it,' but if Herman can not take such discomfort from anything he loves, he retreats with Margo, the lodge whore he's by no means made it with ("When it used to be attainable, i used to be consistently puzzling over the car"), again to Auto-Town turning the sordid enterprise over to his city brother Mister, who passes blood in addition to the half-ounce lumps simply because his guts, in a truly fabled method, don't need the automobile. An a laugh, particularly miserable story approximately our bumper-to-bumper panorama and the folks who flock to determine motor vehicle demonstrate: YOUR historical past ON PARADE in phrases which aren't as deceptively effortless as they could seem at the floor.
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It's a very long vacation,' he said wistfully. 'In my day we used to go on what were called reading parties, always in mountainous areas. Why?. ' 'My dear boy, you'll find them all shut. The students go to Barbizon or such places and paint in the open air. There was an institution in my day called a "sketching club"' mixed sexes' (snuffle), 'bicycles' (snuffle), 'pepper-and-salt knickerbockers, holland umbrellas, and, it was popularly thought, free love' (snuffle), such a lot of nonsense. I expect they still go on.
Must digest first,' she said. 'I'm not used to gorging like this at night. ' said Sebastian. ' 'Not all the time. ' 'Does it? ' 'Then perhaps you are an agnostic. ' 'I can't spare you a whole rosary you know. Just a decade. I've got such a long list of people. ' 'Oh, I've got some harder cases than you. ' 'She was bunked from the convent last term. I don't quite know what for. Reverend Mother found something she'd been writing. ' 'It's a new thing a missionary priest started last term. You send five bob to some nuns in Africa and they christen a baby and name her after you.
My sister is very pompous tonight,' said Sebastian, when she was gone. 'I don't think she cares for me,' I said. 'I don't think she cares for anyone much. I love her. ' 'Do you? ' 'In looks I mean and the way she talks. ' When we had drunk our port, I walked beside Sebastian's chair through the pillared hall to the library, where we sat that night and nearly every night of the ensuing month. It lay on the side of the house that overlooked the lakes; the windows were open to the stars and the scented air, to the indigo and silver, moonlit landscape of the valley and the sound of water falling in the fountain.