In Caddie Esoterica (www.carltonthurman.com), Carlton Thurman has created a golf noir novel that combines the surreal visions of post modern writers like Thomas Pynchon and John Barth with the dark, oddball antics of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. It's a wild ride, but one well worth taking.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 3, 2009
Novelist Carlton Thurman's Caddie Esoterica (http://www.carltonthurman.com) is a highly unusual, irreverent, comic novel that abandons customary forms. Its story deals with multiple bodysnatching, hazardous turtle soup, banditry and simulated prostitution, and the themes explored include time, meaning and narrative.
"This is a long, challenging and uncompromising read that is not meant to have mass appeal, but it should be dearly appreciated by a very small group," Thurman confesses.
Author Steve Starger had this to say: "In Caddie Esoterica (http://www.carltonthurman.com), Carlton Thurman has created a golf noir novel that combines the surreal visions of post modern writers like Thomas Pynchon and John Barth with the dark, oddball antics of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. It's a wild ride, but one well worth taking."
Cable Radio Network host Jack Roberts declares, "LA author CarltonThurman has created a book that is extremely imaginative, funny and downright cutting-edge in its unique style, content and execution. I will never look at the game of golf again in the same way since experiencing Caddie Esoterica. Mr. Thurman's book will surely appeal to the summer's discerning readers who can pack it up in a bag for a day at the beach or maybe even take it in their golf bag to read to others at the country club."
But for a few scenes, Caddie Esoterica (http://www.carltonthurman.com) takes place entirely on a golf course, which, at the beginning, is cold and dead, but which steadily evolves into a weird, hot, jungle-like place--as the sport played upon it goes from whimsical pastime for the idle rich to deadly survival game.
"One character speaks only in pentameter; another in a Galopogan patois," Thurman says. "The caddies babble to each other in vast stretches of unattributed chatter. The golfers are heroic buffoons, insistently pressing their vain histories and philosophies."
One caddie, Grail, catches and cooks a turtle for supper--fatally food-poisoning himself and three of his pals. The surviving caddies steal his body from the town morgue, but through a comic screw-up they drop it to the bottom of a lake. Grail's corpse is recovered by the town and returned to the morgue--from whence the caddies attempt to steal it again.
"While humorous in tone, Caddie Esoterica engages serious philosophical issues concerning the esoteric--our limited ability to understand the world around us. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: when you study the world you alter it; the Bell Inequality Theorem: probability is our best possible model for the world; and the Gödel Incompleteness Theorem: even an invented world is incompletely knowable--are each given their due," Thurman explains.
Princeton University postmodern scholar Ed Muston says, "Caddie Esoterica will certainly be savored by readers seeking the intense flavors of truly innovative fiction."
About Author Carlton Thurman
Thurman, a Queens native, studied engineering, psychology, philosophy and literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo, later adding an L.S.U. law degree. He has worked as a caddie, singer, lawyer, cab driver and English lecturer at the University of Paris. Thurman has published short stories in several literary magazines. He is an avid bridge and hockey player and a backpacker.
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