The Living End

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2004 - Fiction - 144 pages
"A quintessential Elkin protagonist, Mr. Ellerbee - until he is senselessly killed during a liquor-store holdup - is a good husband, a good boss, and an overall good sport who cares greatly about his fellow human beings. After a whirlwind tour of the afterlife, Ellerbee finds himself in Hell for a litany of minor offenses, including taking the Lord's name in vain, keeping his store open on the Sabbath, and thinking that Heaven looks like a theme park. And so begins Elkin's hilarious, imaginative vision of life after death."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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God is a stand-up comic. Jesus is a surly, ungrateful kid. Hell is "the ultimate inner city." And Stanley Elkin is still the most mordant, acrobatic phrasemaker around: his savage ironies rat-a-tat ... Read full review

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The final volume in the publisher's reprint series of Elkin's titles, this 1979 comedic novel introduces Mr. Ellerbee, who lands in hell after being killed in a liquor store holdup. That was just the ... Read full review

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Stanley Elkin (1930-1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award-winners "George Mills" (1982) and "Mrs. Ted Bliss" (1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists The "Dick Gibson Show" (1972), "Searches & Seizures" (1974), and "The MacGuffin" (1991). His book of novellas, " Van Gogh's Room at Arles," was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

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