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The Very Air

The Very Air

(1993)
A novel by

 
". . . the rise and fall of that quintessential American hero, the salesman; the ending of Hollywood's golden age; the birth of broadcasting. It is material in which Mr. Bauer justifiably delights and, when he is at his best, is more than a match for.... a very funny book." - The New York Times Book Review, Robert Houston

Luther Mathias sells "snake oil" in scrubby West Texas dirt towns. He learns that substance is never a substitue for style and eventually develops his own remedies that promise to cure any ailment a man might suffer. In time his imagination and ambition combine to mold him into medicine's version of Elmer Gantry: loved and hated, imponderably wealthy and famous, powerful and pursued.

More than just a portrait of a flamboyant, resourceful schemer, The Very Air is a compelling exploration of human motives and hidden meanings. It is a detailed picture of America's myth of the rugged individual in the psychological and narrative tradition of The Great Gatsby and Citizen Kane. With a resonant sense of the period and culture, Douglas Bauer evokes the freewheeling feel of the old Southwest in the early part of the century and delivers an allusive commentary on the charlatans of our own era. The Very Air shows, through storytelling both exhilarating and chilling, that the past is prologue and that our personal histories indeed shape the course of our individual futures.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 1993 : USA Hardback
Title: The Very Air: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-688-09460-0 / 978-0-688-09460-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Very Air: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 1-60938-268-4 / 978-1-60938-268-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
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December 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: The Very Air
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-8050-7113-X / 978-0-8050-7113-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt
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September 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: The Very Air: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-8050-4301-2 / 978-0-8050-4301-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (P)
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Very Air
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
Publisher: Foreverland Press
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