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Krazy Kat by Jay Cantor

Krazy Kat (1987)

by Jay Cantor

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"Krazy Kat" was one of the best comic strips ever, and a personal favorite of mine. That doesn't mean a novel based on the strip would work, although this effort by Jay Cantor certainly makes an honest try at it, beginning the action in 1945 as Ignatz escorts Krazy to witness some strange goings-on at Alamogordo in the Arizona desert. Krazy, demoralized by the existence of such diabolical bombs as she has seen being tested, refuses to work anymore. Ignatz goes to all ends to try to help his co-star resolve her depression, and eventually all is as it should be, as Ignatz, Krazy and Offisa Pupp finally resolve the eternal comic strip triangle that has been their blessing and bane for so long. Weird stuff, not quite successfully carried off. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 2, 2007 |
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Krazy Kat adores Ignatz Mouse. She sees the bricks he hurls at her head as tokens of love, and each day Ignatz arranges a cunningly different method of delivery for his missile. But when Ignatz and Krazy witness the mega-brick explosion in the desert, Krazy becomes depressed, and refuses to perform. To coax her back to work so they can regain their lost limelight, Ignatz invents his own brand of psychotherapy, orchestrates her kidnapping, and tries to seduce Krazy with promises of stardom from a Hollywood producer. As the mouse confronts the Kat with bewildering new concepts like sex, death, and politics, Ignatz and Krazy begin yearning to become round, for a fullness of body and spirit beyond their two-dimensional realm.

Forming an altogether witty and winning counterpoint to George Herriman’s classic comic strip, Jay Cantor’s kinetic novel has become a classic in its own right, one of those masterpieces that creates its own unforgettable universe.

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