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Author: jerrymurphy Three stars, 500 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 18  
Subject: Lord of the Barnyard Date: 9/19/2004 4:40 PM
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Aloha, This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. "Lord of the Barnyard:killing the fatted calf and arming the aware in the cornbelt" by Triston Egolf is a story of a young boy who grows up in rural Appalacia. He is an outcast in a town full of misfits and losers. From the miseducated school teachers, who think there are no more dinosaurs because Noah couldn't fit them on his ark, to the town construction workers who killed his father because he was sleeping with all their wives, everyone seems to be against John Kaltenbruner from his birth. Through the first half of the book John battles with necrophiliac ministers from the Methodist church, who are stealing everything from his dying mother, an inept, former-marine, elementary school principle and the forces of nature which seem intent on destroying the family farm and his father's collection of artifacts.

At the mid point of the book John detroys his farm, his home and everything to keep it out of the necrophiliacs hands. After a terrific shootout with the police, He is sent to work on riverboat on the mississippi. Years later he returns as a young man to find the town has forgotten about him and all they had done to him. After a series of escalating misfortunes which plague him through life he finds work as a garbage collector. From there he begins to plan his revenge - he decides to turn the whole town into a festering garbage heap.

The book has won awards and rave reviews throughout Europe, but I haven't heard or met any American who has read the book, even though the author is American. He uses some unusual writing techniques in the story. There are a great many compound complex sentences. The first sentence in the book is tewnty some lines long. It is also written in the firt person pleural. So there is a lot of 'we saw this' and 'we then did that.' The author coins new words on every other page it seems and he finds very creative ways of insulting the characters. I read the book a few years ago and started reading it again a few weeks ago. On thursday I went down to city hall to cast my ballot in Hawaii's primary election. While in the booth I put the book down and forgot it. I had about twenty pages left in it.

I reccommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written peice of Literature but who also has a somewhat immature sense of humor. I am going to buy another copy of it just to finish the last few pages.

Jerry
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