Bear v. Shark

Bear v. Shark

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In this brilliant satire of our media-saturated culture, Las Vegas is to host a spectacle - - Bear v. Shark II. A basic question is being asked: 'Who would win if a bear got in a fight with a shark?' All of America is desperate to get a ticket but it is young Curtis Norman who, with an essay entitled 'Bear v Shark: A Reason to Live', wins a national writing contest and four tickets to the show. As he and his family head across the country, they are besieged by a dizzying barrage of TV and radio personalities, Freudians, theologians and more, as the whole country bets, debates, takes sides and argues over who is going to win. His father, Larry Norman, is having a silent crisis, and these meaningless exchanges leave him a little disenchanted and world-weary, so it is in an ambivalent mood about the impending event that he finally arrives in Vegas with his family in tow, for what turns out to be something of an apocalyptic more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 210g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747561516
  • 9780747561514

About Chris Bachelder

Chris Bachelder is an Alumni Graduate Fellow in the M.F.A. programme at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Bear V Shark is his first more

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'Brattishly contemporary, post-ironic, mezzo-culture media satire ... I love this book for its hyperactive genius, zippy cool, minutely observed humour, but above all its relevance ... this novel hits where it hurts' Nikita Lalwani, Observer 'Bear v. Shark is a funny, irreverent, wildly imaginative novel that aims for the tender bull's eye of pop culture - and hits the mark' David Leavitt 'Like Don DeLillo on acid ... brilliant ... a wildly entertaining cultural rollercoaster ride' Publishers Weekly 'The cult book of the year. It's No Logo meets Fight Club. It makes you want to blow up your TV' Sunday Telegraphshow more

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1 4% (33)
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