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The Cry of the Sloth

The Cry of the Sloth

Written by Sam Savage

Narrated by Kevin Stillwell


The Cry of the Sloth

Written by Sam Savage

Narrated by Kevin Stillwell

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3/5 (15 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
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Released:
Apr 27, 2021
ISBN:
9781094416595
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Editor's Note

Darkly funny…

Andrew Whittaker’s slothlike tendencies aren’t helping him get his life together as he slides into middle age, and it’s certainly not helping his aspirations as a novelist. Or a landlord, or a literary journal editor, or anything else. When the walls — including his ex-wife, his tenants, and bill collectors — start closing in on him, he tries to save himself, but only mires himself deeper in the mess he’s made. A tragic and darkly funny novel that casts a literary failure in the starring role.

Description

Set in middle America during the economic hard times of the Nixon era, this tragicomic, epistolary masterpiece chronicles everything Andrew Whittaker—literary journal editor, negligent landlord, and aspiring novelist—commits to paper over the course of four critical months.

From his letters, diary entries, and fragments of fiction, to grocery lists and posted signs, we find our hero hounded by tenants and creditors, harassed by a loathsome local arts group, tormented by his ex-wife, and living on a diet of fried Spam, cupcakes, and Southern Comfort. Determined to redeem his failures and eviscerate his enemies, Whittaker hatches a grand plan. But as winter nears, his difficulties accumulate, and the disorder of his life threatens to overwhelm him.

A send-up of the literary life and the loneliness and madness that accompanies it, Sam Savage proves that all the evidence is in the writing, that all the world is, indeed, a stage, and that escape from the mind’s prison requires a command performance.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 27, 2021
ISBN:
9781094416595
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Sam Savage is the best-selling author of Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, The Cry of the Sloth, Glass, and The Way of the Dog. A native of South Carolina, Savage holds a PhD in philosophy from Yale University. He was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the PEN L.L. Winship Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Savage resides in Madison, Wisconsin.


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  • (3/5)
    This book had its own unique humor. It was written in a very clever way that sometimes had me laughing out loud. I think we can all relate to Andy’s character in one way or another- a friend, uncle, brother, neighbor, or perhaps ourselves.
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    This was an easy, intriguing, and absolutely hysterical read. Great way to entertain the mind and enter what feels an entirely different world seen by the lense of the sad and humorous andrew

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