Very Good. Item #8747
Garden City, NY: Doubleday Projections Books / Doubleday & Company, 1971. First Edition (stated). Octavo (21cm.); publisher's photo-illustrated card wrappers; 190pp.; photographic illus. throughout. General edge wear and minor soil, spine creased, bookseller rubber-stamp to upper cover verso, else Very Good, internally sound. Signed by the author on title page and dated 4/90.
The author's hard-to-find and hard-to-classify second work, an attempt at describing the passing of time through the filling up of 190 pages. As he writes on p. 11, "All I have to do is sit here and blow it out and then they'll buy it and then I'll do another one and so on until I die." This seems to have not been the case, a quick glance at Goodreads.com lists just three ratings as of February, 2021. Presumably few readers need to pass the time reading about passing the time (as Donald Newlove wrote in his New York Times review: "This, Frederick Barthelme, is going to be a bad review"). Indeed, the next full-length work of Barthelme's to see print was not until twelve years later.