The details “grisly”, the people “lunatic”, the results, “magnetic”.
The Birth of Death and Other Comedies: The Novels of Russell H. Greenan
“Examining Greenan’s characteristic themes and strategies, Whalen provides perceptive readings of the dark comedies of this criminally neglected American master, and in a coda reflects on Greenan’s career and the reception of his work.”
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Russell H. Greenan is the chronicler of people living at the edge: the edge of civilization, the edge of madness, the bitter, crumbling edges of their own lives. Tom Whalen’s study of Greenan is, like the novels it so lovingly details, masterful, uncommon, and intensely personal.
In The Birth of Death and Other Comedies Tom Whalen provides an astute, salutary dissection of Russell H. Greenan's work, especially Greenan’s eccentric and inspired novel, It Happened in Boston?, a paranoid faith-grope, in his chapter “What an Edifice of Artifice!" If you've never read Greenan's odd work, reading Whalen’s book guarantees that you will. It will make you a fan of both writers. What a masterfice!
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The Birth of Death and Other Comedies:
The Novels of Russell H. Greenan
by Tom Whalen