This is the myth that Coover inverts in the word "Descant" in the title of this collection. A "descant" is a musical term:
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.
Henry Waugh is an accountant who, disenchanted with his job and perhaps his lonely life in general, has created a fantasy baseball league which he regards as his true work: Thing was, nobody realised he was just four years shy of sixty.
They were always shocked when he told them. It was his Association that kept him young. Indeed you might say the game is rather like a novel, as Coover proceeds to demonstrate by moving seamlessly between the two narratives: Presently he is relishing the excitement of a rookie player, Damon Rutherford, who is having an outstanding game: And then nonchalantly, but not arrogantly, just casually, part of any working day, walk back to the dugout.
As though nothing were happening.
During his amorous encounter with Hettie he insists that she call him Damon, and Coover takes great delight in describing their passion using the language of baseball: Two throws ofhowever, lead him to the Extraordinary Occurrences Chart where, among the possibilities, he reads: This eventuality would require an unlikely third throw ofbut Rutherford is the next batter.
Unfortunately he cannot find a plausible excuse to replace him, and so real is the game to him, he cannot simply do it on a whim.
Of course, he throws All stared at the home plate. Damon lay there, on his back, gazing up at a sun he could no longer see. Soon both his real life, and the Association itself, is threatened by his grief.Pricksongs and Descants: Fictions by Robert Coover.
Absurd catalogues: the functions of lists in postmodernist fiction He has received the Rea Award for lifetime achievement in short fiction, based on such works as Pricksongs & Descants, A Night at the Movies, and A Child Again.
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Advanced Search Find a. Pricksongs & Descants, originally published in , is a virtuoso performance that established its author - already a William Faulkner Award winner for his first novel - as a writer of enduring power and unquestionable brilliance, a promise he has fulfilled over a stellar career.
In his carnivalesque and riotously inventive Pricksongs & Descants Robert Coover remakes old stories: of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty (who married her Beast and spends a lifetime suffering his doggy stink).
And he reshapes his own: a man makes repeating, re-imagined journeys in an office elevator (while his fellow riders taunt and tempt him), and in the seminal, fractal .
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An evening of cocktails, sex and violence, Robert Coover's novel is a murder mystery as rousing and disorienting as the best drunken party, a vaudevillian masterpiece.
In his carnivalesque and riotously inventive Pricksongs & Descants Robert Coover remakes old stories: of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty (who married her Beast.