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The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break (original 2000; edition 2000)

by Steven Sherrill

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Title:The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break
Authors:Steven Sherrill
Info:John F Blair Pub (2000), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 313 pages
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The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill (2000)

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Sad, happy, and totally likeable character, a book for all to read. Well done! ( )
  judysh | May 7, 2016 |
I have had this novel on my to read list for about 15 years, so it was immensely satisfying to read and enjoy it. It is an epic prose poem about many things, from the difficulty of connecting with others to the travails of an immortal who feels pain and longs for love and acceptance. ( )
  nmele | Apr 15, 2016 |
Neat stuff. A Likable character who happens to be a pretty good mechanic. He carves roast beef very well too. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
This book was strange, sad, and in every way unsuitable for children. I was expecting humor, but I didn't find any of it. I was expecting excitement, but there wasn't much of that either. This is a book about awkwardness. It is a book about not fitting in, and trying to get by in a world that won't accommodate disability.

Is it a good book? It wasn't a good book for me. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
This melancholic novel hit the spot for me. I was happy to accept that the Minotaur was living in the Lucky-U Trailer Park in North Carolina, I found the narrative kept me reading and I found the Steven Sherrill's descriptions very vivid. In particular this was a vivid novel full of pictures: I was there in the hot sun, I could picture the Minotaur in his kitchen whites and in particular the Lucky-U Trailer Park was well drawn and I was there with the inhabitants of the different trailers. Stephen Sherrill knows his catering skills and gives plenty of detail about the kitchen tasks of a chef, this detail added to the vividness of the novel. The loneliness of the Minotaur is central to the novel and I felt it without feeling that it was laid on clumsily. His social skills are limited and this leads to numerous excruciating incidence. In contrast to the sad times are the times when he is tinkering with a car or cooking and he is content. I am in danger of using vivid too much in this review but there are a number of scenes that are expressive and striking: in the car in the scrap yard when the pigs rampage, the sex scene, collecting the Corn Dog trailer and many others are still with me. I loved this novel: for me it had a tone that was engaging and interesting, with myth rubbing shoulders with characters from the present day. Most of the people in the novel are other staff working at the restaurant, the owner, the owner of the trailer park and neighbours. Some of these were good people, some bad: generally the good people accepted the Minotaur non-judgementally, the bad people made fun of him and so this becomes a moral tale. ( )
1 vote Tifi | Dec 18, 2014 |
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Wise and ingenious as this novel is, its likability lies above all in its no-nonsense modesty, its distrust of showy gestures, the trudging optimism with which it evokes even the darker corners of humanity. We may think we have long given up our classical monsters for those made of flesh and blood, but the Minotaur gently reminds us that they very necessarily walk among us.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312308922, Paperback)

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

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"Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth that held him captive, and as many years beyond the dubious bargain that set him free, the Minotaur finds himself struggling to negotiate the American South with the body of a man and the head of a bull." "The Minotaur tries to balance the past, the present, and a looming future from behind the cooks' line at Grub's Rib, where his coworkers know both his skill with a chef's knife and the sometimes dangerous nature of his horns. At Lucky-U Mobile Estates, the Minotaur lives in a boat-shaped trailer and shares with his neighbors an appreciation for a quiet lifestyle and a respect for auto repairs.". "Over the duration of his life, the Minotaur has roamed the world and seen much, yet he has reaped little wisdom to help him navigate the complex geography of human relationships. Inarticulate, socially inept, tolerated at best by modern folk, he has been reduced from a monster with an appetite for human flesh to a broken creature with very human needs." "During the two weeks covered by the novel, the delicate balance tips, and the Minotaur finds his life dissolving into chaos while he simultaneously awakens to the possibility of love."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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