A PRELUDE TO THE LONG HAPPY LIFE OF MAXIMILIAN GOODMAN by Gerold Spath

A PRELUDE TO THE LONG HAPPY LIFE OF MAXIMILIAN GOODMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A big, picaresque, cheerfully manic-ironic novel told alternately in the first and third person by Johann Unschlecht who is also known to the women he complaisantly services with his giant ""negroid"" penis as John, Jean, Giovanni, or ""Master,"" and known in various other intrigues as Maximillian Goodman, in which incarnation he marries the bald, ""porcine"" Isabella Sibyl Sunneva. The marriage enhances the financial ventures he undertakes when not conducting orgies, but this is after his early youth in the Swiss town of Rapperwil, which is full of cute old cardplayers and friars and fishermen and schoolmasters. The book is broken up with rococo headings like ""Chapter Thirteen leads you on a wild-goose chase all afternoon and tells how the lovely signorina from the kiosk on the Town Square showed Giovanni Unschlecht her tits and teeth"" and a good thing too, because often it is unrewardingly difficult to tell what is going on. The book is a mixture of Grass and Donleavy, with a Swiss claustrophobia of its own. Synthetic ribaldry.

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1975
Publisher: Little, Brown