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Cute and fluffy copied review You might think that a writer best known for novelizing the movie E.T would find a satire on the book publishing industry hitting a bit close to home, but William Kotzwinkle seems quite comfortable with the task in this comic fable In Kotzwinkle s merry send up, the author of the hit novel Desire and Destiny is a bear, a real bear, who after finding the manuscript under a spruce tree and attaching his nom de plume, Hal Jam, becomes rich and famous overnight Obtuse editors, star hound agents, and a right wing televangelist and Presidential candidate all warm to Hal s warm, bearish honesty without bothering to read his book or to notice that he s an animal, for that matter. This book is amazing I read it in my late teens I read it in my late twenties and I have read it a third time in my mid thirities Every time I have read this book, I have loved it.Reading it now, what strikes me is the word play that Kotzwinkle employs to both underline the ridiculous situation he has created and the fun that can be had thereafter The phrase, because he was a bear, works time and time again to great effect.I am sure that I will return to this book again and that I will, once again, be happy to find myself within its pages A bear finds a manuscript, and decides to pose as the writer Within days, he is considered the new literary sensation.Somehow, Kotzwinkle manages to juggle the reality of a bear posing as a human with the inherent absurdity of the idea He never sets up the story so that Hal Jam as the bear names himself appears to be human he is always a bear The joke is on everyone who surrounds him these literary elite are so full of themselves and the business that the perpetuate, they lose sight of little details such as the fact that their latest talent is a big grizzly bear who can t speak in full sentences.This book makes me laugh out loud Through Hal s attempts to fit in with humanity, Kotzwinkle crafts a funny satire of the literary world. William Kotzwinkle, The Esteemed Author Of The Fan Man And ET The Extraterrestrial, Is In Top Comic Form In This Outrageous And Uproarious Parable Featring Hal Jam A Big Black Bear Who Finds A Manuscript Under A Tree In The Maine Woods, Dons A Suit And A Tie, And Heads Off To The Big City To Seek His Fame And Fortune What Follows Is A Riotous Magical Romp With The Buoyant Hal Jam As He Leaves The Quiet, Nurturing World Of The Forest For The Glittering And Corrupt World Of Humans New York And Hollywood And All That Lies Between Serve As An Expansive Palette For Kotzwinkle S Wickedly Funny Satiric Brush The Bear Went Over The Mountain Skewers Our Age S Obsession With Money And Fame In A Delicious Bedtime Story For Grown Ups I didn t finish the book At page 71 when the female publicist recounts what having sex with Hal Jam aka the bear was like I tried to go along with it being a grown up fable, and Kotzwinkle is funny and clever, so I could appreciate that it was satire despite my struggle with none of the humans being able to tell he was a bear simply because he had a book they wanted to market and because he was wearing clothes I know it was meant to say than that, and I kept suspending disbelief over it, because it s the whole point of the book and I didn t want to resign myself to being a killjoy, but seriously the dialogue was completely carried by the humans, with the bear interjecting ice cream or I want pie or honey or rolling around on the ground or growling I was interested to see where it would go and what it would say about the writing industry, society, etc but when bestiality happened, I was done.I enjoyed the sections featuring Arthur, the human who wrote the manuscript the bear stole He was a pathetic character, but he was growing on me, and the simple characters around him made me laugh quite a bit.Maybe I m a prude, but I m done with this book and wish Goodreads had an option for didn t finish it. I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed ninety five percent of this read A fantastic plot and it kept me giggling to myself almost all the way through Hal Jam grabbed me from the moment he stole the briefcase and manuscript Hardly fair, but the characterization of literary agents gave me a good laugh Great read for any writer The only criticism I have is that the ending seemed to be all a bit rushed I wonder if an editor was making it fit into a word count I thought the idea of this book was interesting and unique A bear finds, steals, and passes off as his own a book written by a professor The chapters alternate between the bear who is pretending to be human and the professor who is becoming and like a bear The reactions of the people around the bear are funny they hear long self serving answers in the bear s short, nonsensical answers This is great commentary on the nature of fame, publicity, and even the academic profession But the joke gets old quickly and is sometimes carried too far This would have made a great short story. this is the funniest book i ve read in a long time. I don t know which character I m supposed to sympathize with if any I can see the similarities drawn between this book and Forrest Gump Hal Jam the bear floats along without saying much but is still handed the keys to the kingdom In the end I felt sorry for Art Bramhall, who we are led to believe has found happiness with his character assassinated, his identity stolen and the loss of a chance of millions of dollars No, he s happy in the forest having traded places with the bear I didn t buy it.I found the supporting cast interesting, especially the country folks they parade out with interesting back stories I did find the interview segments hilarious I also enjoyed the way the urban cast twisted whatever Hal said or didn t say to fit whatever the situation warranted I could have enjoyed this if the ending had taken a different turn. A tasty treat, I had to finish it a day after starting A bear finds an unpublished manuscript, recognizes its potential as a best seller, and goes to New York to seek his fortune A delight from start to finish, This book is awesome, plain and simple.I worked at a Barnes and Noble in Wichita, KS when I bought this book Back then I used to buy a lot of books based solely on the neatness of their cover and the quality of the binding I m pleased to say that this book had top marks in both categories and therefore warranted a purchase Never did I imagine that I would find such a hilarious, scathing satire on the world of publishing and, indeed, modern society.I thought that the title was going to be a metaphor for something I would likely not understand because I m an idiot I was part right About the metaphor, not about not understanding it The bear is not a metaphor There s an actual bear in the story His name is Hal Jam.Hal was just a normal bear, so normal in fact he didn t even have a name He wanted what all bears without names want food and a warm place to sleep In his search for those two glorious things he stumbles upon a weeping willow or some droopy tree and under it he finds a briefcase In the briefcase he finds a manuscript With nothing better to do he reads it and realizes that it is quite good and a plan forms He gets a nice suit and heads for the big city to find a publisher.Meanwhile, Arthur Bramhall is in the mood to celebrate He has just written the great American novel, for a second time The first time he wrote it, it burned up in a fire, so this time he made sure it was safe by putting it in a metal briefcase and stashing it safely beneath a weeping willow or some droopy tree Upon returning from his champaign run he discovers that his manuscript has been lost a second time Arthur is devastated and his modern life starts to fall apart at the seams and he realizes that, than anything, all he wants is food and a warm place to sleep.I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of irony Rated PG 13 for mild bestiality.Ranks 9 10 Binding9 10 Cover Art8 10 Easily Discernible Metaphors10 10 Bears0 10 Tacos