The Adventures of Lucky Pierre by Robert Coover
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A virtuosic performance by one of "our most venturesome metafictional fabulists" (The New York Times Book Review), The Adventures of Lucky Pierre is the culmination of a project Coover has been working on for more than a quarter of a century. It is a tour de force that confirms why Coover is one of our preeminent writers. The place is Cinecity, the frozen meta-city where Lucky Pierre plies his trade. Part porn star, part clown, Pierre is quite literally defined by his films. Following the city motto -- Pro bono pubis -- each of Pierre's nine muse-directors creates her own sexual galaxy with Pierre the star of her show. Pierre becomes a naive castaway, a naughty little boy, a submissive slave, a lovestruck hubby, a sexual outlaw, a dirty cartoon, a sex machine, and more. But what will happen when the film ends? A sparkling meditation on how both sex and stories compel and invent us -- in both magical and violent ways -- The Adventures of Lucky Pierre is a masterpiece from one of America's best writers. "Of all the postmodernist writers, Robert Coover is probably the funniest and most malicious." -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "The supreme chronicler of the unreality of American life." -- Carey Harrison, San Francisco Chronicle "Coover couldn't write a dull note to the milkman." -- John Schulian, Los Angeles Times Book Review

About Robert Coover

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Robert Coover is the award-winning author of fourteen books, most recently Briar Rose (Grove, 1996) and Ghost Town (Holt, 1998). He has won fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been the recipient of the William Faulkner Award, the American Academy of Arts & Letters Award, and other honors. His other works of fiction include John's Wife, The Public Burning, Pinocchio in Venice, and Gerald's Party. He teaches writing at Brown University, with a concentration in electronic and experimental fiction, and is widely known as "the guru of hypertext fiction." He divides his time between Providence, RI, London, and Barcelona.
Published October 1, 2002 by Grove Press. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pierre has nine muses (Cecilia, Cleo, Clara, Cassandra, Constance, Carlotta, Cora, Catherine, and Calliope) who direct his films and create elaborate sexual worlds for him to perform in.

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Some passages are marvels of descriptive prose—fierce, vigorous and pungent—but the endless scenes of torture and smutty closeups are tedious and curiously spiritless, and Coover says little about celluloid culture and movie narratives that he hasn't said elsewhere with more generosity and exuber...

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