"Long live this book!" - New York Times Book Review
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
Originally published in 1971 by Harper & Row, 'Benjamin Grabbed His Glicken and Ran' is Fred Gordon's dark and twisted autobiography-meets-science-fiction. It was described by The Library Journal as “a novel of ideas, whose every effect is calculated, about the failure of intelligence to save us from ourselves.”
The New York Times echoed the sentiment, proclaiming “Long live this book!” and praising Gordon’s style and rich characterizations: "His language is witty and gallant. He tilts cliché and he rides out against cant. His language is his best weapon and his best defense."
The original hardcopy has an all-white cover - a somewhat unconventional design choice since most books are jacketed with dark colors to protect them from visible signs of wear and tear.
“I wanted the book to show evidence of each reader's possible frustration in Benjamin's journeys. I wanted people to pick up the book and throw it across the room in anger and leave their bloody fingerprints all over it -- but then pick it up again,” said Gordon, in his typically quirky yet highly musical and cerebral way of speaking.
After almost 30 years since its initial publication, Dake Publications acquired the novel and re-published 'Benjamin' in 1997. Rumors then spread of a movie version being made by an English producer, and the book was bought by Oxford University for its contemporary American writers collection.
Now, with the launch of Gordon’s official author website, 'Benjamin' has been introduced to the age of digital with an eBook version. Two of Gordon’s other works are also available on the site: 'An American Fable' and 'Blood Never Dries' are also set in New York, with language and plot as rich as Gordon’s seminal work.
The trio of “New York Stories” is available for the first time from the author's web site which, in true Gordon fashion, has plenty of whimsy and oddball details. Portraits of the artist as an evolving man are presented in a slideshow gallery interspersed with cameos of historical figures, artists and eccentric influences of Gordon’s.
“Fred Jay Gordon is a good dragon-fighter,” said the New York Times. This fresh revival of his work is a testament to that.
For more information please visit the author's website: http://www.fredjaygordon.com.