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The Wrestler's Cruel StudyDespite its irritating Nietzsche worship, The Wrestler's Cruel Study is cartoony, gorgeous, and funny. It doesn't wear labels easily, but...The Wrestler's Cruel StudyFictionDespite its irritating Nietzsche worship, The Wrestler's Cruel Study is cartoony, gorgeous, and funny. It doesn't wear labels easily, but...1993-07-23
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The Wrestler's Cruel Study

Genre: Fiction; Author: Stephen Dobyns

Despite its irritating Nietzsche worship, The Wrestler’s Cruel Study is cartoony, gorgeous, and funny. It doesn’t wear labels easily, but it’s more or less about a quest through territory that’s mighty dangerous on many levels. Its ingredients include: a Madison Square Garden wrestler; his search for Rose, his kidnapped fiancée in white; her sister, Violet, who gives compliments like ”I bet you have the prettiest blood”; verbal aerial shots of New York City that give you vertigo; a video of Bluebeard with real people, so that it’s a snuff film. Sounds chaotic, but it’s really not. Stephen Dobyns’ prose pattern of gold coins and chewed human bones is precise and mesmerizing. A-