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Paradise (1986) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Simon, a middle-aged architect separated from his wife, is given the chance to live out a stereotypical male fantasy: freed from the travails of married life, he ends up living with three nubile lingerie models who use him as a sexual object.

Set in the 1980s, there's a further tension between Simon's desire to exploit this stereotypical fantasy and his (as well as the author's) desire to treat the women as human beings, despite the women's claims that Simon can't distinguish between their personalities.

Employing a variety of forms, Barthelme gracefully plays with this setup, creating a story that's not just funny—although it's definitely that—but actually quite melancholy, as Simon knows that the women's departure is inevitable, that this "paradise" will come to an end, and that he'll be left with only an empty house, booze, and regrets about chances not taken.

Original title: Paradise
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

Edition #1: Paradise

Paradise (1986)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "Although Donald Barthelme has written 12 previous books of fiction—containing some of the most innovative influential stories of our day—reading Paradise is a shock and a revelation." Elizabeth Jolley, New York Times
  • "Paradise is agile, witty and lightened by Barthelme's canny disassociations, and it is one of the blackest things he has written." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
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Manifested in:

Paradise (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Normal, IL
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 9781564784032
Pages: 208

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