“An embodiment of a spectacle-obsessed entertainment culture that seems horribly like our own. . . . It delivers the ancient narrative satisfaction of seeing a character deal with the inexplicabilities of time, the prospect of his own extinction.”The New York Times Book Review
The Adventures of Lucky Pierre
978-0-8021-4041-8 • $14.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2004
A virtuosic performance by one of “our most venturesome metafictional fabulists” (The New York Times Book Review), The Adventures of Lucky Pierre is the culmination of a project Coover has been working on for over thirty years. Published in the year of Coover’s seventieth birthday, it is a masterpiece that secures once again his place as one of our most preeminent writers.
Cinecity is the frozen capital of an unnamed utopiaor is it dystopia?where Lucky Pierre plies his trade, and it is the only world he knows. Part porn star, part clown, part everyman, lucky has no life outside the films he is in, films created by nine women filmmakers, each with her own creative and sexual proclivities. Through the lenses of his nine muse-directors, Luckya.k.a. Wee Willie, Peter Prick, Crazy Leg, Badboy, Peter the Beastbecomes a naive castaway, a submissive slave, a child star in a barnyard frolic, a love-struck suburban hubby, a hologram, a sexual outlaw, a monk, a monkey, a mountain-climber, a dirty cartoon, a sex-pilgrim in virtual reality, and much much more. Coover’s irrepressible imaginationor that of his nine filmmakersis boundless . . . and merciless.
But what is destiny in a world where there is no line between reality and the increasingly outrageous fantasy of the director and the camera? Recalling the protagonist of The Truman Show if Georges Bataille had written it, Lucky Pierre is both louche and innocent, a caricature of pornographic conventions and a stand in for all human efforts to sort out vanity, performance, emotion, and motive from the ecstasy that reveals us to ourselves.
A sparkling love song to the magic of moving pictures and meditationboth joyous and seriouson how both sex compels and invent us, The Adventures of Lucky Pierre is a spectacular tour de force from one of America’s most original writers.