Entirely brilliant. Subversive, hilarious, filthy, delicious, twisted, disgusting, inspiring, and delightful. How the execrable The Giving Tree could spring from this same pen is beyond me. I suppose even Uncle Shelby had to pay the bills. But this book here is what it's all about, bringing to mind the old Spider Robinson quote - something along the lines of "Funny men make better lovers, they understand pain." I've loved this book forever, and was elated to find a first edition at Powell's the other day. It's just as wonderful as I remember.