New PDF release: A Fistful of Fig Newtons

By Jean Shepherd

ISBN-10: 0307768708

ISBN-13: 9780307768704

Jean Shepherd used to be one in every of America's favourite humorists, his such a lot awesome fulfillment being the production of the indefatigable Ralphie Parker and his quest for a BB gun within the vacation vintage A Christmas Story. yet he was once a lot more, a comic book Garrison Keillor--like determine whose designated voice transcended the airwaves and affected a complete new release of nostalgic american citizens.

A Fistful of Fig Newtons is vintage Jean Shepherd--sidesplittingly humorous and sardonically irreverent. listed here are Shepherd's wild and wacky adventures, a dozen truer-than-life stories of school lifestyles at the G.I. invoice, of "Kidhood" in Hammond, Indiana, of tailgating at the Jersey Turnpike, and of different favourite defeats and humilations. it's a marvelous comedian review of yank life--all of them brought in Jean Shepherd's witty, elegant, unforgettable variety.

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It was a tiny settlement perched on top of a cliff and the travelers don’t mention the name: not out of carelessness, I don’t think, since their account is always precise and detailed, but perhaps because it had no name. Most likely it was simply called Aldeia, which means “village,” and being the only inhabited place for miles around, this general term did perfectly well for a proper name. From a distance it seemed an attractive place with a tidy geometry, as little fishing villages often are.

Among the Spanish were Cervantes and Lope de Vega, who described the savage battle in a quatrain. Then came the fashionable shipwrecks which made the headlines in newspapers and magazines. The vicissitudes of rich, bizarre travellers who had themselves photographed on their luxury yachts as they set sail from New York or New Bedford. Platinum blonde curls in the breeze, blazers with gold buttons, silk scarves. The champagne cork pops and the wine froths out of the bottle. One thinks of foxtrots and other dance music.

He began to suffer from insomnia and in the rare moments when he did sleep would let out low muffled cries. Sometimes he had the impression his words did not belong to him and often to his surprise he would catch himself talking out loud alone as if he were somebody else talking to himself, Antero. A Parisian doctor diagnosed hysteria and prescribed electric shock therapy. In a note, Antero wrote that he was suffering from ≈ 44 ≈ “the infinite,” and perhaps in his case this was the more plausible explanation.

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