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ISBN-10: 1590170709
ISBN-13: 9781590170700
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Publish Date: 11/30/2003
Dimensions: 7.96" L, 5.04" W, 0.60" H

The Tenants of Moonbloom (Revised)

Introduction by: Dave Eggers

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Price: $16.95

Overview

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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...a remarkable tour de force in which this gifted writer takes the elements of several "Street Scenes," and spins them faster and faster like a deranged merry–go–round. –Martin Levin, New York Times Book Review

No one since Nathanael West has written better of the rootlessness of metropolitan life. West is a writer whom Wallant resembles not only in his untimely death after early brilliant promise, but for his special Jewish sensibility and...profound moral concern... –Time
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Details

ISBN-10: 1590170709
ISBN-13: 9781590170700
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Publish Date: 11/30/2003
Dimensions: 7.96" L, 5.04" W, 0.60" H
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