The Hundred Brothers

The Hundred Brothers

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With a New Introduction by Jonathan Franzen

There's Rob, Bob, Tom, Paul, Ralph, and Noah; Nick, Dennis, Bertram, Russell, and Virgil. The doctor, the documentary filmmaker, and the sculptor in burning steal; the eldest, the youngest, and the celebrated "perfect" brother, Benedict. In Donald Antrim's mordantly funny novel The Hundred Brothers, our narrator and his colossal fraternity of ninety-eight brothers (one couldn't make it) have assembled in the crumbling library of their family's estate for a little sinister fun. Executed with the invention and intelligence of Barthelme and Pynchon, Antrim's taxonomy of male specimens is in equal proportions disturbing and absurdly hilarious.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 113.4g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 031266219X
  • 9780312662196
  • 353,434

Review quote

"A fiercely intelligent writer...This is a bravura nightmare." --"The New York Times

""The author's surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own....A striking literary discovery." --"The Boston Globe"

"Elegant, outrageously imagined, comic...Antrim exaggerates his narrator into hilarious existence." --"The New Yorker"

"A fantasy that capers between atavistic ritual and inspired slapstick." "--Time "
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About Donald Antrim

Donald Antrim is the critically acclaimed author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, as well The Afterlife, a memoir about his mother. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, he has also been the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.
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928 ratings
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5 24% (219)
4 37% (342)
3 27% (246)
2 9% (85)
1 4% (36)
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