Item description for Wagner, Descending: The Wrath of the Salmon Queen by Irving Warner...
Wagner, Descending could be read as a trip through hell (hence the title) if we look at hell as being North Carolina hill country. The character appears to be a pure misanthrope, but in reality he's a horribly abused, morbidly obese man with a great heart and a brilliant mind. The novel reveals what his physical condition has led him to. He has become a victim of his own size, a living consequence of his enormity.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Publisher Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press
ISBN 1929355173 ISBN13 9781929355174
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More About Irving Warner
Irving Warner writer, harmonica artist, retired fish-and-game biologist, retired college professor is the author of three previous books published by Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press: I998's In Memory of Hawks, and Other Stories from Alaska, 2004's Wagner, Descending: The Wrath of the Salmon Queen, and 2007's The War Journal of Lila Ann Smith.. Warner has lived for many years in both Alaska and Hawaii. He presently lives in Tacoma, Washington.
Irving Warner currently resides in Port Angeles Fife. Irving Warner was born in 1941.
Reviews - What do customers think about Wagner, Descending: The Wrath of the Salmon Queen?
A very funny read, but with a real "attitude". Mar 25, 2004
I really enjoyed "Wagner, Descending: Wrath of the Salmon Queen", but I would caution it is not for all tastes. Wagner is not lovable: A very huge dude, at the opening of this wild ride of a book, he's just escaped from a pricy Fat Farm. For reasons diverse, he needs to escape the geographic confines of North Carolina. His mother (The "Salmon Queen") has commited him to this fat farm, and Wagner wants o-u-t of North Carolina. So, this is a road novel. And during it, you meet the darndest assortment of weirdos, etc., and they are all very, very funny and highly original stuff. Has some "cut" to it, too, about today present society. Negative? Well, if there is one, it is the character himself. Foul-mouthed, unapologetic, not good with people. By page 90, there isn't one political interest group that author Warner has not managed to offend. I loved it!
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets A Confederacy of Dunces Jan 29, 2004
Imagine Ignatius J. Reilly, the protagonist in A Confederacy of Dunces, twenty years older, twenty years wiser (and more neurotic), and 150 pounds fatter. Now imagine that Reilly has escaped from a North Carolina lunatic asylum that's masquerading as a fat farm. He is on the loose in a stolen laundry truck, wearing nothing but a hospital gown. His brain is addled by the intensely powerful drugs that have been pumped into him by the asylum's Nazi-like director. Like the characters in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, our hero's on a road trip where reality is mutable and paranoia is a given.
This wonderful novel is a fine read and it goes down quickly, easily and pleasurably. My only complaint is that the author deserved better editing; there are some plot inconsistencies and typos that a competent editor would have corrected immediately. Nevertheless, I give the book a strong recommendation.
long live the Queen Jan 22, 2004
Irreverent,an uproarious "who let the dogs out" romp of a tale. Like an updated Ken Kesey ride, replete with colorful scenes and characters.
great quick read Jan 7, 2004
this is an original, interesting story. very witty, i actually laughed out loud on the train while i read it. got a bit ridiculous at the end, but the ridiculous added to the overall humor.