The Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo

Book - 2010
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While attending a reception for a Velázquez exhibition at the Met, Billy Wolfram, a young, famous, and talented artist, undergoes an anxiety attack that calls into question his own artistic abilities, his identity, and his sanity. As Billy's crisis begins to threaten the completion of new works for a forthcoming show, he's visited by a talking raven who claims to have been on Noah's ark.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
ISBN: 9780670022182
Branch Call Number: Fiction Carroll
Characteristics: vi, 327 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 08, 2012

This book reminds me of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. But, then the rest of the book is our first person character's downward spiral into madness. It's a very good, but oddly strange book.

May 25, 2012

I've always liked Jim Carroll, but this reads like exactly what it is--an unfinished novel. He died before he was able to complete it, and although it does have a beginning, middle and end, I'm sure it would have been a much better book if Carroll had had enough time left to work his magic. Sad.


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