My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist

My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist

by Mark Leyner

Paperback(1st Vintage Contemporaries ed)

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Welcome to Mark Leyner’s America, where you can order gallium arsenide sushi at a roadside diner, get loaded on a cocktail of growth hormones and anabolic steroids, and support your habit by appearing on TV game shows. Welcome to a wildly post-Einsteinian fictional universe where the locals include a speech pathologist with a waterbug fetish, a kamikaze airline pilot, and the lead singer for Brazil’s most notoriously nihilistic samba band.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679745792
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1995
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,197,722
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Mark Leyner is the author of two novels, Et Tu, Babe and The Tetherballs of Bougainville; two collections of stories, I Smell Esther Williams and Other Stories and My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist; and a collection of fiction, plays, and journalism, Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The New Republic, George, and Harper’s.

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My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book four stars only because it is not the kind of thing you read if you want to be drawn into a story that makes you care about the characters... it's more like a roller coaster ride. If you like clever writing (the language is so much fun!), and a sense of the absurd, this is definitely the book for you. No one like Leyner has mastered the skill of shaping an absolutely outrageous idea into a plausible reality. I love this contradiction - and my term for Leyner's writing in this book is 'brain candy'. But like candy, too much at once can make your brain hurt - especially if you aren't used to Leyner's aggressive style. Luckily the short story format makes the book savorable, not sickeningly sweet. If you've never read anything by the author before, start with this book and read the story about the 'car bomb'.... you'll see what I mean... I've been a fan ever since.
peterdarbyshire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Five stars just for the short "I was an infinitely hot and dense dot." One of the craziest, best pieces of American lit anywhere, anytime.
gazzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Joyce collaborating with the Marx brothers on a novel about Mark Leyner. Genre-bending stories and poems that all blend into one another. Like being in a great dream where everythign is impossible, but makes sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sepctacularly absurb and entertaining writing. More densely funny than his most recent work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago