Perfect Lives

Perfect Lives : An Opera

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Raoul de Noget, an over-the-hill singer, and his younger pal Buddy ( The World s Greatest Piano Player ), find themselves in a small town in the Midwest. They become friends with the son and daughter of the local sheriff, and the four hatch a plan to do something that, if they are caught, will be seen as a crime, but if they are not, will be art: they will rob the town bank, take the money over the border into Indiana, and then return it all the next day. With this story at its center, Robert Ashley s inimitable Perfect Lives goes on to demolish every narrative convention in the book, taking in conflicting perspectives, texts, tones, narrators, and philosophies, roping in Midwestern ennui, pop songs, self-help tapes, heist movies, the lost city of Atlantis, dirty jokes, the history of American immigration, the preternatural flatness of Illinois, boogie-woogie, Giordano Bruno, and, finally, an elegy for thought itself. Perfect Lives is as much a summation of America as All in the Family or Paterson, and is every bit as essential.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 174 x 214 x 17mm | 362g
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1564786846
  • 9781564786845
  • 622,095

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""Perfect Lives" is a seemingly endless and seamless dreamscape of the musicality of the spoken word....It floats in my head like a memorable, ever-changing dream."--Spalding Grey
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4 14% (4)
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2 4% (1)
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