Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226173474 Published November 2014
E-book $17.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226173504 Published November 2014

The Tunnel of Love

A Novel

Peter De Vries

Peter De Vries

Foreword by D. G. Myers
256 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 | © 1954
Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226173474 Published November 2014
E-book $17.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226173504 Published November 2014
Harking from the golden age of fiction set in American suburbia—the school of John Updike and Cheever—this work from the great American humorist Peter De Vries looks with laughter upon its lawns, its cocktails, and its slightly unreal feeling of comfort. De Vries’s classic situation comedy The Tunnel of Love follows the interactions of a socially insecure, pun-loving family man, an officious lady caseworker from an adoption agency, and a chauvinist pig—all suburban neighbors who know far too much about one another’s private lives in this goofy and gently hilarious tale of marital quibbles. Noted as much for his verbal fluidity and wordplay as for his ability to see humor through pain, De Vries will delight both new readers and old in this uproarious modern masterpiece.
Charles J. Rolo | New York Times
“A humorous novel of the choicest order.”
“De Vries . . . has an acute sense of the absurd and an absurd way of being acute. He has written an amusing, screwball farce.”
Washington Post
“Entertaining in its insouciant parodies of high-flown writing and deadly portrayal of the pretensions of upscale intellectuals.”
Saturday Review
“One of the funniest books to come along in any season.”
Kingsley Amis
“The funniest serious writer to be found on either side of the Atlantic.”
Jonathan Hiskes | Curator
“A trio of long out-of-print books, republished this fall by the University of Chicago Press, underscores the satirical brilliance of a mostly forgotten humorist. De Vries skewered a distinctly male form of idiocy, demonstrated by characters who are witty, well-spoken, and lacking what a later generation would call emotional intelligence.”
William Giraldi | The Millions
“De Vries was an editor at Poetry magazine, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of some two dozen of the wittiest novels you’ll ever read, including the masterworks The Blood of the Lamb and Slouching Toward Kalamazoo, as well as The Tunnel of Love and Reuben, Reuben, just resurrected in handsome paperback by the University of Chicago Press. . . . In The Tunnel of Love, especially, about the wedlocked hurly-burly of restive suburbanites, his Twainian one-liners come like a cataract. . . . Only those with a consummate lack of cleverness wield the word ‘clever’ as an insult, and De Vries demonstrates just how much can be done with a creative intelligence charged by the clever and satirical and ironic. Let us now praise those saints at the University of Chicago Press who possess the smarts and good taste to return to print a peerless American maestro of wit.”
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