Fifteen years after his last novel, cult author Mark Leyner returns with another blast of amped-up postmodern razzle-dazzle. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is about Ike Karton, an out-of-work butcher who’s manipulated by a host of all-powerful gods. Or maybe it’s about Ike imagining the gods, working through endless thought streams in some kind of deranged hall-of-mirrors inner monologue. Or it could be about one of the gods’ epic battle with the book itself, or…well, it’s complicated. TSFN is somehow both hilarious and extremely tedious — exhausting, puerile, and just brilliant enough to keep you from throwing it across the room. B+
THE BUTCHER'S BATTLE Leyner's brilliantly layered protagonist manages to amuse and confuse throughout the novel
Genre: Fiction; Author: Mark Leyner; Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Posted March 23 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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