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The Myth of Wile E

The Myth of Wile E

14.9K Reads 2.7K Votes 119 Part Story
Colleen Cooper By wednesdaymccool Completed

Highest Ranking: #1 in Humor 
An idealistic poet refuses to budge from the last parcel of land a developer needs to acquire in order to build a shopping mall. (Literary satire with pop culture references and environmental themes.)
The Myth of Wile E. is a riff on the modern obsession with fame and acclaim, as well as a mediation on the artist's place in the modern world, as seen through the eyes of a naive poet who is made simultaneously pathetic and heroic by the pursuit of a singular goal. 
In this novel, we meet an assortment of eccentric monomaniacs, from mushroom hunters in search of a legendary truffle, to birders pursuing a possibly-extinct bird, to competitive Duck Stamp artists, to "the World's Foremost Living Statue"...and even a very stubborn spider. 
Meanwhile, our narrator--a terrible, yet persistent, poet--battles a ruthless land developer who's determined to acquire the poet's humble property, in an escalating battle of wills that spirals out of control when the media gets involved. 
With these quirky events as a backdrop, we gradually learn of the misfortunes that befell each member of the poet's family in their various misguided quests for glory. We also learn why money makes the world go flat, why talent is a white elephant, and what it means for parents to love their children "to pieces." 
Some of my influences are Richard Brautigan (especially), Christopher Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, and George Saunders, so if you like any of them, I hope you'll enjoy this, too.

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morningtides morningtides Jun 21, 2017
i love this - so fantastic and so unique.  far outside the demographic of wattpad but perfect for someone who doesn't quite fit in it.  well done!
LjBunyipdoley LjBunyipdoley Jul 07, 2017
I really liked your first chapter. I'm going to put the rest of this book into one of my reading lists to be read later, as at the moment I'm fairly busy. Regards, LJ
theflyincowwhoisacat theflyincowwhoisacat Sep 29, 2017
My conclusion after reading the first chapter: THIS IS BEAUTIFUL AND I'M ALREADY A FAN
KLCandela KLCandela Sep 14, 2017
Ahh. Lovely writing. It's so great to discover writing like this.  A joy to read. Humorous and well written and thoughtful. And makes me want to read more of your work. The last paragraph super good. The hook work well and the contrast in the language subtle and smart.
Voyageavecmoi Voyageavecmoi Dec 30, 2017
Loving the great mix of humour and reflections in this chapter. The spider world seems so complex through the narrator's eyes. Great writing.
JWCMaher JWCMaher Dec 10, 2017
I want to know which poor bastard had to sit there and flush that trial toilet 2000 times. And what did he/she do after that 2000th flush? Is there a 'now there are no more flushes' water meter thing? 
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