Sneaky People: A Novel

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The time is the 1930s. Buddy Sandifer, dressed in his natty white flannels, baby-blue shirt, striped tie, tan-and-white shoes, and coconut-straw hat with polka-dot band, is falling into one of his moods. Owner of a used-car lot and father of a fifteen-year-old son with a penchant for sex manuals, Buddy has decided to murder his wife and marry his mistress, Laverne, a robust blonde who cooks his favorite meal of fried pork chops, fried potatoes, and fried apples while wearing a short pink apron over black-lace step-ins and brassiere, long-gartered silk stockings, and platform shoes. The only problem is how to arrange the crime.
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Thomas Berger is the author of twenty-three novels. His previous novels include Best Friends, Meeting Evil, and The Feud, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His Little Big Man is known throughout the world.

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Simon and Schuster
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Jul 15, 2005
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Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, The Feud chronicles a hilariously destructive rivalry between families from neighboring towns in 1930s America.

"I marked my copy of THE FEUD with a star wherever its blend of irony, parody and slapstick made me laugh out loud; some pages look like a map of the Milky Way." —The Washington Post Book World

“A comic masterpiece” —Anne Tyler

What begins as a small spat over an unlit cigar in a hardware store spirals out of control for Dolf Beller and Bud Bullard. Dolf has come to make good on a promise he made to his wife years ago. Feeling generous, he’s finally getting around to stripping the varnish off her dresser to reveal the mahogany within. It’s a job he’s never done before, and worst of all, the teenager that’s supposed to be helping him at the counter begins hassling him for chomping on an unlit cigar.

When Bud Jr. calls over his father to talk things out, Dolf is about ready for a fight. He just wasn’t prepared to have a gun drawn on him by a one of Bud Bullard’s relative—who just happened to be there and happened to love impersonating a police officer. Left embarrassed and begging for his life, Dolf goes home and tells a version of his story his pride can live with. He also bars his family from communicating with any of the Bullards. Conflict resolved.

Until the next day, when Bud’s hardware store goes up in flames and Dolf’s car explodes. Unable to see the incidents as unrelated, these two families enter a battle that’s as bitter as it is funny. With rich characters dotting every page, this is a Berger classic that can’t be put down.
“The truth is always made up of little particulars which sound ridiculous when repeated.” So says Jack Crabb, the 111-year-old narrator of Thomas Berger’s 1964 masterpiece of American fiction, Little Big Man. Berger claimed the Western as serious literature with this savage and epic account of one man’s extraordinary double life.

After surviving the massacre of his pioneer family, ten-year-old Jack is adopted by an Indian chief who nicknames him Little Big Man. As a Cheyenne, he feasts on dog, loves four wives, and sees his people butchered by horse soldiers commanded by General George Armstrong Custer. Later, living as a white man once more, he hunts the buffalo to near-extinction, tangles with Wyatt Earp, cheats Wild Bill Hickok, and fights in the Battle of Little Bighorn alongside Custer himself—a man he’d sworn to kill. Hailed by The Nation as “a seminal event,” Little Big Man is a singular literary achievement that, like its hero, only gets better with age.

Praise for Little Big Man
“An epic such as Mark Twain might have given us.”—Henry Miller
“The very best novel ever about the American West.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Spellbinding . . . [Crabb] surely must be one of the most delightfully absurd fictional fossils ever unearthed.”—Time
“Superb . . . Berger’s success in capturing the points of view and emotional atmosphere of a vanished era is uncanny. His skill in characterization, his narrative power and his somewhat cynical humor are all outstanding.”—The New York Times 

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Bachelorarbeit aus dem Jahr 2003 im Fachbereich BWL - Unternehmensführung, Management, Organisation, Note: 1,9, Cologne Business School Köln (Medien), Veranstaltung: Medienbetriebswirtschaft, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Diese Arbeit analysiert die aktuellen marketing strategischen Maßnahmen auf dem Videomarkt und sucht nach Verbesserungspotential um den Marktanteil der DVD drastisch zu erhöhen und diese als sicheren Nachfolger des VHS Standards zu etablieren. Die Arbeit stellt die Vorteile der DVD gegenüber den Videokassetten dar, und erklärt wichtige Zusammenhänge des Marktes, als auch zukünftige Entwicklungen im Soft- und Hardware Markt im Kontext der Marketingstrategien. Durch eventuell gefundenes Verbesserungspotential im Marketingbereich kann und soll die Bedeutung der DVD in der typischen Wertschöpfungskette des Videocontents erhöht werden. Dies resultiert aus der Tatsache, dass die Branche zur Zeit durch den Verkauf der DVD höheren Umsatz erzielt als durch den stagnierenden Kinomarkt. Die zur Erarbeitung des Sachverhaltes genutzten Quellen setzen sich sowohl aus klassischer Literatur der BWL, als auch aktuellen Artikeln und Studien zusammen. Wegen der hohen Aktualität der Arbeit, ist die Nutzung von Internetquellen und Zeitschriften / Artikeln von großer Bedeutung. Die grobe Gliederung der Arbeit sieht folgende Punkte vor: 1. Einleitung / Motivation/ Marktanalyse Dieser Teil beschreibt die zugrundeliegende Motivation und Notwendigkeit einer solchen Analyse. Sie beinhaltet sowohl die persönliche Perspektive des Autors, als auch die der Marktteilnehmer. Hier wird die genaue Vorgehensweise des Autors beschrieben und eine genaue Gliederung aufgeführt. Es wird beschrieben, wie das Thema der Arbeit abgegrenzt und von vorhandenen, verwandten Themen differenziert wird. Aspekte, die bei der Bearbeitung außen vor gelassen werden, jedoch im weiteren Sinne zu der gebotenen Analyse gehören, werden zum besseren Verständnis der Arbeit explizit genannt. Das reale Problem, welches hier analysiert wird, soll ausführlich begründet werden. Die Marktanalyse beschreibt die wichtigsten Daten des Marktes die zur sinnvollen Weiterverarbeitung nötig sind. Bereits während der Ausarbeitung der Daten, werden einzelne Hinweise und Deutungen eingeflochten die zum besseren Verständnis der Motivation dienen sollen. [...]
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