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The Tenants of Moonbloom (1963)

by Edward Lewis Wallant

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Hilarious and way underappreciated. This is an eccentric cousin of Confederacy of Dunces; you know the type -- myriad partners, straddling the fence as it were, some messy business with a tax-dodge start-up, that one weird holiday when the tequila ghostwrote his version of middle school and what really happened at swimming practice.

Yeah this is that off-shoot and it remains profound and side-splitting. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |


Liked this a lot. Hope to revisit it again someday. ( )
1 vote darby3 | Mar 29, 2013 |
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Lashed in the twisted phone wire, Norman was a victim of his own tendency to fool around, but, finally anchored, he became quiet.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156885352, Paperback)

Norman Moonbloom is a loser, a drop-out who can't even make it as a deadbeat. His brother, a slumlord, hires him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan. Making his rounds from apartment to apartment, Moonbloom confronts a wildly varied assortment of brilliantly described urban characters, among them a gay jazz musician with a sideline as a gigolo, a Holocaust survivor, and a brilliant young black writer modeled on James Baldwin. Moonbloom hears their cries of outrage and abuse; he learns about their secret sorrows and desires. And as he grows familiar with their stories, he finds that he is drawn, in spite of his best judgment, into a desperate attempt to improve their lives.

Edward Lewis Wallant's astonishing comic tour de force is a neglected masterpiece of 1960s America.

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"Norman Moonbloom is a loser, a drop-out who can't even make it as a deadbeat. His brother, a slumlord, hired him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan. Making his rounds from apartment to apartment, Moonbloom confronts a wildly varied assortment of brilliantly described urban characters, among them a gay jazz musician with a sideline as a gigolo, a Holocaust survivor, and a brilliant young black writer modeled on James Baldwin. Moonbloom hears their cries of outrage and abuse; he learns about their secret sorrows and desires. And as he grows familiar with their stories, he finds that he is drawn, in spite of his best judgment, into a desperate attempt to improve their lives."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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