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Bear Comes Home, the (1997) [Novel]
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The hero of Rafi Zabor's sensational first novel is an alto saxophone virtuoso trying to evolve a personal style out of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. He also happens to be a walking, talking, Shakespeare- and Blake-quoting bear whose keen sense of irony protects him from the double loneliness of the artist and animal in an under-appreciative metropolis.

The scion of a long line of European circus bears (and the product of an amazing roll of the genetic dice), the Bear, when we first meet him, is eking out a living doing a routinely humiliating street dancing act with his friend and keeper, Jones. But what the Bear is really best at -- besides making himself comically miserable -- is playing the alto with his world-class set of chops. One day he makes a bold foray from their apartment to jam with Arthur Blythe and Lester Bowie -- real-life musicians rub elbows with fictional counterparts throughout the novel -- at a New York club, thus beginning a musical and romantic odyssey. A nightclub bust followed by long dark nights of the soul in New York City's dankest jail. Freedom, a recording contract, underground fame, a road tour that is alternately hilarious, scary, ridiculous, and inspiring. A vexed, physically passionate, and anatomically correct inter-species love affair with a beautiful woman named Iris. And, finally, a triumphant return to a jazz club inside the Brooklyn Bridge, where the Bear plays a solo where it all comes together for him, and blows him all the way back home.

Original title: The Bear Comes Home
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionAnimals
FictionGeneral FictionEccentric People
FictionGeneral FictionMidlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery

Edition #1: Bear Comes Home, the

Bear Comes Home, the (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Bear Comes Home, the (1999)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 9780099272557
Dimensions: 5 x 7.7 x 1.3 in
Pages: 480

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Bear Comes Home, the (September 17, 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393318630
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.0 x 1.3 in
Pages: 480

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Bear Comes Home, the (August 1997)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393040371
Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.4 x 1.8 in
Pages: 480

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