Dan Kennedy's American Spirit: A Novel PDF

By Dan Kennedy

Whilst Matthew, a forty-something media government, reveals his task, wellbeing and fitness, and marriage crumbling, he is going local: Lives in his vehicle. Dips his toe in drug-running. Contemplates tune lyrics. Takes a truly strong pottery category. earlier than lengthy he’s on a stumbling, agonizingly humorous imaginative and prescient quest that takes him from a strip-mall car parking zone to Yellowstone nationwide Park to a Bali scientific medical institution, from an not likely romance with a Hollywood agent focusing on sizzling younger vampire roles to severe RVing with a disgraced Wall highway trader.

In this heroic and hilarious debut novel, Dan Kennedy supplies us an everyman who takes us to the neon-lit edges of latest American lifestyles.

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His face is one big Golden smile, It measures round, at least a mile— How dull our World would be, and flat, Without the Golden Pussy Cat. “ 30 The Kitten's Garden of Verses A Kitten‘s Fancy The Kitten mews outside the Door, The Cat-bird in the Tree, The Sea-mew mews upon the Shore, The Catfish in the Sea. The Emu with his feathers queer Is mewing in the Zoo. Why is it that I never hear A Pussy-willow mew? 31 The Kitten's Garden of Verses In Darkest Africa At evening when the lamp is lit, The tired Human People sit And doze, or turn with solemn looks The speckled pages of their books.

34 The Kitten's Garden of Verses At Human jokes, however stale, He jumps about and wags his tail, And Human People clap their hands And think he really understands. They say “Good Dog“ to him. To us They say “Poor Puss,“ and make no fuss. Why Dogs are “good“ and Cats are “poor“ I fail to understand, I‘m sure. To Someone very Good and Just, Who has proved worthy of her trust, A Cat will sometimes condescend— The Dog is Everybody‘s friend. 35 The Kitten's Garden of Verses The Game Watching a ball on the end of a string, Watching it swing back and to, Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a Kitten can do.

And then with stealthy tread I crawl Into the dark and trackless hall, Where ‘neath the Hat-tree‘s shadows deep Umbrellas fold their wings and sleep. A cuckoo calls—and to their dens The People climb like frightened hens, And I‘m alone—and no one cares In Darkest Africa—down stairs. 33 The Kitten's Garden of Verses The Dog The Dog is black or white or brown And sometimes spotted like a clown. He loves to make a foolish noise And Human Company enjoys. The Human People pat his head And teach him to pretend he‘s dead, And beg, and fetch and carry too; Things that no well-bred Cat will do.

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