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The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

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Published by Doubleday
Once upon a time in rural Maine, a big black bear found a briefcase under a tree. Hoping for food, he dragged it into the woods, only to find that all it held was the manuscript of a novel. He couldn’t eat it, but he did read it, and decided it wasn’t bad. Borrowing some clothes from a local store, and the name Hal Jam from the labels of his favorite foods he headed to New York to seek his fortune in the literary world. Then he took America by storm. The Bear Went Over the Mountain is a riotous, magical romp with the buoyant Hal Jam as he leaves the quiet, nurturing world of nature for the glittering, moneyed world of man. With a pitch-perfect comic voice and an eye for social satire to rival Swift or Wolfe, bestselling author William Kotzwinkle limns Hal’s hilarious journey to New York, Los Angeles, and the great sprawling country in between, where a bear makes good despite his animal instincts, and where money-hungry executives see not a hairy beast with a purloined novel, but a rough-hewn, soulful, media-perfect nature guy who just might be the next Hemingway. By turns sidesplittingly funny, stingingly ironic, and unexpectedly tender, The Bear Went Over the Mountain captures the zeitgeist of the 1990s dead-on, in a delicious bedtime story for grown-ups.
Once upon a time in rural Maine, a big black bear found a briefcase under a tree. Hoping for food, he dragged it into the woods, only to find that all it held was the manuscript of a novel. He couldn’t eat it, but he did read it, and decided it wasn’t bad. Borrowing some clothes from a local store, and the name Hal Jam from the labels of his favorite foods he headed to New York to seek his fortune in the literary world. Then he took America by storm. The Bear Went Over the Mountain is a riotous, magical romp with the buoyant Hal Jam as he leaves the quiet, nurturing world of nature for the glittering, moneyed world of man. With a pitch-perfect comic voice and an eye for social satire to rival Swift or Wolfe, bestselling author William Kotzwinkle limns Hal’s hilarious journey to New York, Los Angeles, and the great sprawling country in between, where a bear makes good despite his animal instincts, and where money-hungry executives see not a hairy beast with a purloined novel, but a rough-hewn, soulful, media-perfect nature guy who just might be the next Hemingway. By turns sidesplittingly funny, stingingly ironic, and unexpectedly tender, The Bear Went Over the Mountain captures the zeitgeist of the 1990s dead-on, in a delicious bedtime story for grown-ups.

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Publish date: Aug 1, 2012
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seriousgrace reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Miserable University of Maine professor, Arthur Bramhall, has written a book he hopes will save him from teaching ever again. He thinks the manuscript is a winner and will make him millions. Unfortunately, the story goes up in flames when his secluded farmhouse goes up in flames. Never mind. He rewrites it practically word for word only this time it's better. In order to avoid another book ablaze he hides it in a briefcase under a tree...only to have a bear steal it. The bear reads the manuscript and knows a good story when he sees it. He travels to New York to hawk the book and ends up making movie deals and having sex with humans. While the bear (Hal Jam) becomes more human, the professor (Arthur Bramhall) becomes more animal after the loss of his manuscript.
casualfriday_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
In this completely ridiculous novel, a bear finds a manuscript in a briefcase and goes to New York to get it published. No one he deals with - agents, editors, hoteliers, lovers - sees that he is a bear. Instead, they see him as an eccentric genius, and because he is a "man" of few words, they dub him the new Hemingway.I'll rate this book A for enjoyment, because it is laugh-out-loud hilarious throughout. Heavy it is not. It hardly seems a novel at all, more like an extended joke, as one of the jacket blurbs suggested. If you loved the movie Being There, you might like this book, because the humor comes from the same premise: pretentious people, laden with status anxiety, investing a dumb creature with their own ideas of wisdom.
ireed110 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Aroostook County, Maine - A bear finds a novel hidden in a briefcase under a tree, and claims it as his own. The novel is heralded worldwide as perhaps the best book ever, and Hal Jam (as he names himself en route to the city) is a society darling. Speaking in short declarations about what matters most ("Honey." "The River.") to him regardless of the question asked, he becomes known as a deep and profound thinker, and wins over everyone from the Vice President to a right wing televangelist. Everyone wants to be associated with him - but no one sees anything but what they want to see. No one sees a bear, even when he rolls on his back in the grass in an extremely bear-like manner.I was surprised at how much I liked this book. It's an in-your-face look at high society and the media. Kotzwinkle has written a very insightful commentary on our nearsightedness when blinded by fame and power. Very good.
doncapone_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Hysterical spoof of the world of book publishing. Loved this book.
clogbottom reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Talking animals never ever gets old.Hal Jam, the self-named title bear, tends to get bored in the middle of conversations and indulge his urge to roll around in the dirt. There is also hot bear on human sex, too, another surefire hit with kids and grown-ups alike.I'm unsure of what there could be to dislike about this book--it lacks pretensions, as far as I can tell.Satisfying, like pie.
jaygheiser reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Wickedly funny allegory. A bear becomes a Wall St. maven, while an English professor takes over the bear's cave. Hilarious commentary both on contemporary business practices and the ludicrous state of current literary theory. Here's an example of an NY
djupstrom reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Takes a stale joke and stretched it beyond it meaning.
sunny_jim9 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
It was alright. I never laughed out loud, that's for sure. The "joke" got pretty stale after the first 50 pages.
franoscar reviewed this
This is a very cute book. A man writes the great book that is in him and puts it in a briefcase under a tree. The Bear finds it and goes to NYC to become an author. The Bear becomes more human, the writer, left behind, becomes bear-like.
bookishjoxer reviewed this
Rated 4/5
It was cute. I enjoyed reading about the Bears view more than the Authors. I was kind of wondering how people can be so blind to the fact that it was a BEAR IN A SUIT!

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