Malcolm: A Comic Novel by James Purdy
The twenty-first-century revival of James Purdy continues with his classic novel of innocence and corruption.
Introduced simply as "the boy on the bench", the titular character of Malcolm is a Candide-like figure who is picked up by the "most famous astrologer of his period" and introduced to a series of increasingly absurd characters and bizarre situations.]
"Starting out absurd, and only getting more so, it's an idiosyncratic, satirical coming-of-age fable that was ahead of its time when first published in 1959 and retains its aura of originality and weirdness even now." --The Herald
Paperback / 256 pages