Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Destroying the Tangible Illusion of reality; or, Searching for Andy Kaufman
Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality; or, Searching for Andy Kaufman is a book I won't soon forget. OK, I might forget the title, after all, it is a mouthful.
The story is a fictional expression of the author's life after being diagnosed with a rare combination of large cell lymphoma and Hodgkins. T. Fox Dunham was only the tenth person in the world to have this diagnosis. Thankfully, he's a survivor. His protagonist is not so lucky.
Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality; or, Searching for Andy Kaufman is filled with wonderfully offbeat characters. Anthony, diagnosed with cancer. Cynthia, his childhood friend who wants to be more. Tolya, a Mad Russian truck driver. Manhattan, who loves Anthony because he has death inside him.
The opening sequence had me gawking, wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into, but much like an accident at the side of the road, I couldn't tear my eyes away.
Great chapter titles, too, like "ELVIS DIED ON THE TOILET FOR OUR SINS" and "I DON"T BELIEVE IN HELL, JUST NEW JERSEY."
And then, there's the search for Andy Kaufman. If you're already familiar with the comic's legacy, I think you'll really enjoy what the writer has done with this. If you're not, the story is all there with some imaginative twists that could certainly be within the realm of possibility.
Part self expression, part surreal fantasy, part convoluted love story, and part road trip comedy. Dunham manages to intertwine it all into a cohesive and wacky read that might just might you think.
I wanted Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality; or, Searching for Andy Kaufman to be true, every word of it, but it can't be. But then? Makes you wonder, much like one of Andy Kaufman's bits.
Highly recommended and published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality; or, Searching for Andy Kaufman is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
T. Fox Dunham is an established author with several upcoming books and hundreds of short stories published in all mediums. His first novel, The Street Martyr is being made into a major motion picture by ThroughLine Films.