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Duluth (1983) [Novel]
by Gore Vidal Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Spoofing just about everything imaginable, from motherhood to television, Gore Vidal's burlesque is not about the real Duluth, but a bizarre sort of Everytown, U.S.A., with swamps, deserts, and both palm trees and snow. When two women perish in a snowdrift, one is reborn in the popular television series Duluth, and the other finds herself in the "Hyatt Regency" romance novel Rogue Duke. Meanwhile, police lieutenant (and strip-search enthusiast) Darlene Ecks terrorizes a barrio full of illegal Mexicans and zealously pursues black Big John (drug dealer, master criminal, and her sometime lover). Duluth's mayor plumbs the mysteries of a swamped (literally) spaceship, and a battle is waged between two competing Betty Grable biographers.

Original title: Duluth
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire


  • Dedication: "for Richard Poirier"

Edition #1: Duluth

Duluth (1983)
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Language: English

  • "A wild spoof of absolutely everything: Social pretenses, politics, motherhood, law enforcement, marriage, open marriage, racism, literature, television, science fiction, and sex. Dozens of plots perk along at an amazing pace.... raunchy, dirty, outrageous, rife with cliches—and often very funny." People
  • "DULUTH offers a kind of summing up of Vidal's experiences and insights culled from his dealing with people and literature.... The past master pulls out all the stops. Like an alchemist, he succeeds in manufacturing a piquant and intellectually stimulating brew whose ingredients include all those dark intrigues, unscrupulous acts, perversions, and cruelties that will not leave the world in peace." Neue Züricher Zeitung
  • "One of the most brilliant, most radical, and most subversive pieces of writing to emerge from America in recent years." The New Statesman
  • "Vidal belongs to that group of writers of our time who, precisely because they have always kept their eyes open to the disorders and distortions of our age, have chosen irony, humor, comedy—in other words, the whole range of literary instruments belonging to the universe of the laugh—as their means of settling accounts." Italo Calvino
  • "A knockout." The New York Times
  • "Vidal possesses such obvious wit and intelligence... Duluth is a book so radical in approach that it is certain to delight and surprise some readers while boring and disgusting others. Imagine... a mixture of Dallas, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Mary Hartman penned by a schizophrenic creator who imagines himself to be part Barbara Cartland and part Vladimir Nabokov, and you'll find a rough idea of what Vidal has concocted... Vidal demonstrates a keen eye for the trivialities and absurdities on which Americans spend so much of their emotional (and literal) currency. In particular, his portrait of the upper class—forever fussing over tax shelters, face lifts, nose jobs and the latest chic fashions—is wonderfully nasty." Los Angeles Times
  • "Makes you laugh out loud... Vidal manages to infuse most of the novel with an outrageous abandon equal to the best of Saturday Night Live." The Miami Herald
  • "If S. J. Perelman and Max Shulman had collaborated on an X-rated film for the Marx Brothers, it might have been the basis for DULUTH. Add to this the insanity of the Mad Hatter's tea party,, provided the title was changed to Malice in Wonderland, and you have some faint idea of what goes on in this book... outrageously, hysterically funny... if you like burlesque at its wildest and rowdiest form, this is for you." San Diego Union
  • "A savage, bitter, bawdy, biting and brilliant satire, a novel in the form of a deep, dark revision of Dallas... a black flag of a novel... if you want to laugh yourself sick, read... the hilarious Duluth. It's absolutely bizarre. Literally a belly laugh a page." USA Today
  • "A genuine and ingenious send-up of everything stupid in our culture... Duluth is good, frivolous, dirty fun." The Baltimore Sun
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ISBN: 0345312201

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