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In The Wink of an Eye
In the Wink of an Eye is a modern fable in the form of a novel.
This tale is about a revolution--a small, upstart, none-too-promising revolution--that succeeds too well. A band of inept guerrillas in the Bolivain backcountry has modest ambitions to take over the jungle-ridden province of Santa Cruz, a place no one else wants. Before the story is half over a shady German industrialist, with an obsession for big deals and big women, devises a scheme to expand the revolt into a takeover of all of South America. The President of the United States, for his own veiled purposes, embraces that takeover for a vast Western Hemisphere plan. And through the independent actions of a few irate citizens in Tulsa, New York, and London, the plan unexpectedly snowballs into a wildcat world movement.
The second half is more explosive still.
To match the swift, tumultuous action, there's a cast of engaging, outrageously human characters. Just a hint: In Bolivia, at the start there is
And the cast captivatingly enlarges in New York, London, Tulsa, Washington, Rome, Cape Canaveral, and the environs of the Amazon.
More than a madcap adventure?
The author states her thesis: "It is meant to be comic in the foreground and deadly earnest in the background, and the reason for this particular arrangment of light and shade is to shed full radiance on the novel's quite precise point: Whatever may be the rights of men, it is the Inalienable Right of the Imagination to Rejoice in Itself. A playful imagination is the most powerful weapon we possess in our arsenal when it comes to the fight for freedom. This is fighting the good fight. I hope it's also a good laugh."
A modest proposal, swiftly stated.
In the Wink of an Eye is written with wit, sophistication, pace, and flair. It is genuinely funny and thoroughly irreverent. If you've been known to laugh and like it, this book is for you.
Cover art by Joel Barr