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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0879233230, Paperback)Ben Flesh inherits an unusual deathbed request: the prime interest rate. This wildly comic, energetic, and virtuoso novel surveys the sordid American scene with an eye that reflects the chaos of our society with a brilliance and clarity seldom encountered. As William Gass writes in his foreword, "Elkin composes a song from the clutter of the country, a chant out of that 'cargo of crap' that comprises our culture. . . ."
This is vintage Elkin, America made Flesh through a hero who can't see the forest for the picnic tables and through a tale whose central metaphor is the franchise, that self-replicating mechanism that has sanitized and saturated our landscape.
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The comic story of a man's obsessive quest to build a fast food empire across America. For the better part of the 1970s, entrepreneur Ben Flesh could expand his business kingdom with the snap of his fingers. His fast food restaurants and electronics stores were all a part of his rapidly growing domain, remaking America one enterprise at a time. But when a series of personal and professional catastrophes strike unexpectedly, Ben finds himself on the verge of losing it all. Hailed as one of Stanley Elkin's greatest works, The Franchiser is a biting satire of American consumerism and the story of one man's all-consuming determination to create his lasting legacy, one business at a time. 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.
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