Title Quin's Shanghai Circus
Book Condition Near Fine
Edition 1st Avon edition
Size Duodecimo -- from 6.75" to 7.75" tall
Publisher Avon Bard 61200 1982
Seller ID 012555
An uncommon edition of the author's first novel, of special appeal to the completist collector of work by this creator of most peculiar tales. "Quin was on his way to the Orient to search for his parents, who disappeared there twenty years ago in the confusion of WWII. But he wasn't expecting to discover that Mom and Dad had changd the course of WWII--or that their spy ring included a pederastic Catholic priest, a one-eyed Japanese secret police chief, and a Russian anarchist, intellectual, and sensualist who specialized in erudite translations of Japanese pornography. Nor was Quin prepared to discover Mama, a nightclub owner and one-time laudanum addict who slept with 10,000 men before she was twenty-five. But these are just the beginning of Quin's revealations--" (Whoa! Hold on a minute there, Sparky. Ten. Thousand. Men? Before she was twenty-five? Consider that, boys and girls. Assuming sexual promiscuity begins around fifteen--although these days it seems like it's about twelve, but nonetheless, for purposes of this calculation we will use fifteen--that's ten years of sex. At 365 days a year and not even considering Leap Year, that's three thousand, six hundred and fifty days. And that, my children, works out to two-and-three-quarters men per day--or close enough to three as to make no real difference. Fercryinoutloud, when did she find time to do the laundry? Although, I suppose, if you're naked that much of the time, there's not a lot of laundry needs doing--well, not clothes, at least.) Light edgewear, tiny impression to front cover, handling crinkle to back cover. A nice square copy, internally tight and clean.
EDWARD WHITTEMORE, SHANGHAI, ORIENT, CIRCUS, AMERICAN LITERATURE, SPIES, PEDERASTS, PRIESTS, CATHOLICS, JAPAN, JAPANESE PORNOGRAPHY, LAUDANUM, ADDICTS, PROMISCUITY, 0-380-61200-3 FICTION