Sunday, 27 October 2013

BAD EGGS: The Adventures of the Duke. And Errol by DECLAN TAN

BAD EGGS: The Adventures of the Duke. And Errol. (literary fiction)
“This is a great book.” Scott McClanahan
“More metaphors than you can shake a stick at.” Ann Abrams
“Everything it cracked up to be, and more…” Boris Vyshinsky

Have you ever thought you were dead but your arm was just asleep? No? Well, The Duke has, if it’s any consolation. The difference is, he wants to die. Or be dead. He’s not sure.

An absurdist remake of the relentlessly bleak Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme, Bad Eggs: The Adventures of The Duke. And Errol, tells the story of an asocial civil servant fleeing to South America to spend what he hopes are the last days of his pathetic, jaundiced life.

But The Duke is reluctantly accompanied by several bad eggs he actively dislikes, including his wife, who all want a different part of him. Along the way, they encounter complications, such as a militant revolutionary cell, a nihilistic Hollywood couple, and an embryo-obsessed chef. They all want out of their feeble shells, but they can’t decide how best to escape – that is, without breaking into many tiny, useless pieces.

Praise for Declan Tan

Declan Tan has one of the great names in writing. The key to most writing is having a great name. Declan Tan's Bad Eggs is the type of book that lives up to the name. He lived in Nuremberg for a time and now he lives in London. Nuremberg is a great city and London is too expensive. This is a great book. One day they'll probably change the name of Nuremberg or London to Declan Tan. It will do them well. Everyone in the city of Declan Tan will read this book, memorise it and speak it to their children like a lullaby, whisper it to their lovers as they move inside of one another. This book is alive. Don't you want to feel alive?

Scott McClanahan, (Crapalachia, Hill William) 

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