The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom

by Stanley Elkin

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“Among Mr. Elkin’s best works of fiction . . . A comedy that cuts so many ways that it leaves us bleeding with laughter.” —The New York Times Eddy Bale’s twelve-year-old son died after a terrible, drawn-out illness. Now, determined to help alleviate the suffering of other sick children, Eddy plans to take a group of seven terminally ill youths on a dream vacation to Disney World. Accompanied by four eccentric chaperones, Eddy and the kids embark on what is meant to be a magical retreat that quickly devolves into a series of disasters when the kids turn out to be more full of life than anyone expected. Written with deadpan humor and poignancy, The Magic Kingdom is a striking and honest portrayal of life and death—and the trouble that ensues when one attempts to master either. This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453204481
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 317
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stanley Elkin (1930–1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award–winners George Mills (1982) and Mrs. Ted Bliss (1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists The Dick Gibson Show (1972), Searches and Seizures (1974), and The MacGuffin (1991). His book of novellas, Van Gogh’s Room at Arles, was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

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The Magic Kingdom 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kwohlrob on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading "Mrs. Ted Bliss" by Elkin, I was ready for a slog through his dense (yet engrossing) prose. That is not the case here. "The Magic Kingdom" is cut to the bone; there is not a wasted turn of phrase or bit of dialogue anywhere. The book is dark and yet a splendidly crafted piece of satire from a man who understood the experience of being terminally ill.
Fairy-Godmummy More than 1 year ago
I actually wish I could give this book a zero stars but I don't think it will let me. The book is ridiculous, incoherent, confusing, and just plain boring. I wish I could get those hours of my life back. I had to stop reading it three times and read other books just to remind myself that I do indeed like to read. I usually stop reading a book after 100 pages if I don't like it but I forced myself to finish this one so that I could accurately let other readers know that it is totally not worth reading. Spare yourself. Skip this one.
Rita Hughes More than 1 year ago
ya im 11 to but seriously this is BARBIE and its dumb
eins1776 More than 1 year ago
I picked this up...well, I actually had to order it, since no one had it in stock...after reading about it in NY Magazine. It was listed as one of the top ten humor books by a humor book writer. Its a fun read. Very dry and very British, which I was unaware of until reading the first few lines, but quite funny and thought provoking. All of the characters are people I would, most likely, avoid in my real life, but made for good entertainment to follow around Orlando. Actually made Disneyworld a little more apealing to me.