- Publisher: Motor City Press - An imprint of Mad Hatter Publishing, Inc.
- Edition: First
- Available in: Paperback, Kindle
- Available: December 5, 2017
Elephant Play – A novel takes us on a journey into madness entwined with a glimpse into the gruesome and brutal ivory trade. An expressive work inspired by absurdity and satirized through vibrant caricature. Molded from the genius of the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov and Ralph Ellison (among others), Ryals emerges as his generation’s most inspired novelist.
Elephant Play was birthed by the influential trifecta of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Nabokov’s Lolita and Martin Amis’ London Fields. It is his anarchic comedy of a human-monster forever trapped inside a self-made Hell. His nameless narrator brings himself and his readers face to face with the corruption and despair at the heart of human existence, finally revealing it’s an insidious one-way mirror.
The strongest impression Elephant Play leaves on its ‘silent readers’ is that Ryals is not only a skilled psychological observer but also a strident moralist. His diabolic narrator is driven by a ghastly sense of helpless futility, born in the poorest part of America, but also a compulsive criminality that keeps his chance at fame in sight. It is a measure of the authors’ power that he makes us live through that hideous dream and unlike his narrator, emerge from it illuminated. Or bewildered. Or diabolically amused.
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