By Harry Crews
“As semimythic, mad-writer-guys move, in simple terms Cormac McCarthy can rival Georgia-born Harry Crews at the modern American scene.” –Glen Hirshberg, Seattle Weekly
Hickum Looney is decided to win Soaps For Life’s annual revenues contest- and this 12 months he has an part. Looney has came across that excellent client: the proverbial little previous girl, who swallows all his patter, introduces him to all her associates, and is helping him fill a list variety of order books. yet ahead of he can declare the Cadillac, the journey to Disney international, and the $2,000 in money as his personal, Looney needs to cope with the Boss, a guy who outsells his personal salesmen yr after year.
Harry Crews turns the vintage rags-to-riches tale on its head during this hilarious saga of the rigors and tribulations of a beleaguered salesman.
“The Mulching of the United States is the funniest e-book ever written a couple of door-to-door cleaning soap salesman. not only humorous both. Savage. Dealing hyperbole with either arms. Harry Crews bubbles to the outside back with this sort of satire that makes quick glance slow.” -Dick Roraback, The Washington submit e-book World
“The Florida writer has outfitted a nineteen-book occupation through writing—piercingly, sympathetically and not, ever condescendingly—about people who find themselves now not general within the secure, sanitary feel of the note. Crews offers them an realizing, humorous voice that earrings like a burlesque mixture of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.” – Jeff Baker, Oregonian
“A roller-coaster-ride of a singular, "neck deep in crazy,” … disgusting and grotesque.” – Kirkus Reviews
From Library Journal
Traveling salesman Hickum Looney has been toiling 25 years with the Soaps for all times corporation to be the easiest salesman within the outfit. After one specially hi there of door-to-door revenues, Hickum figures he can simply win the once a year Soaps for all times revenues contest. however the Boss, a manic, hare-lipped determine who's half Norman Vincent Peale, half Jim Bakker, and half Adolf Hitler, has regularly received the competition, and he has different plans for Hickum Looney and Soaps for all times. alongside how to reputation and misfortune, Hickum meets up with the common solid of Crews's misfits: Gaye Nell Odell, a prostitute and karate specialist whose skill to shoot a pistol renders one among Hickum's enemies toeless; Crews's perennial personality, former bodybuilder Russell Muscle (e.g., physique, 8/90), now the Boss's masseur; and the Boss's chauffeur, Pierre LaFarge, a former convict with unconventional sexual appetites. For a short second after he and Gaye Nell turn into enthusiasts, Hickum's flame of good fortune sparkles progressively purely to be extinguished through the robust winds of the Boss's corporation plan. At its most sensible, Crews's writing is a two-edged sword that slashes with its razor-thin hilarity whereas cutting open the bottom of the recent South to show its depravity and hollowness. This novel is certainly certainly one of his most sensible.