Gronowicz is a quick change artist and baroque fantasist who now wears a business suit concerned here at some length with...

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Gronowicz is a quick change artist and baroque fantasist who now wears a business suit concerned here at some length with money and power and property from the time when ""Willie the Whistle"" De Jager became the biggest man of a railroad. In fact, metamorphosizing all over, this is a book about the biography which one Franklin Don Kapistrot is assigned to write about him (and there's a Russian-Polish counterpart being written elsewhere) shifting from Roosevelt and Kennedy to the atomic present, from the Communist Party to the brotherhood here known as the Union of the Unemployed, and from Willie the Whistle's forebears to his daughter -- or is she Don Kapistrot's? The latter is equally versatile -- he's a famous concert pianist at one point, a professor, a hobbyist, a writer, and when last seen a scholar-recluse. Certainly much of this is not as seductive as Gronowicz's earlier An Orange Full of Dreams, but if you've a taste for cabalistic abracadabra you'll find that it will tease your curiosity even where it promotes paradox and confusion.

Pub Date: March 1, 1973

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973