The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

A Novel

Book - 1996
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The bestselling author of "The Fan Man" and "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial" does it again--with the story of Hal Jam, a big black bear who finds a manuscript under a tree in the Maine woods, dons a suit and tie, and heads off to the big city to seek his fame and fortune. "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" captures the zeitgeist of the 1990s dead on in a delicious bedtime story for grownups.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385484282
0385484283
Branch Call Number: F KOT NVD
Characteristics: p

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Jan 15, 2010

Eccentric university professor Arthur Bramhall hides his new book manuscript under a tree in the Maine woods for safe-keeping. Much to his chagrin, it doesn?t work. His briefcase is found by a foraging bear who, while not the sharpest tool in the shed, knows that he?s got a hit on his hands?er, paws. Renaming himself Hal Jam, the bear sets off to New York City to take the literary world by storm. The book, Destiny and Desire, has lots of sex and fishing and becomes an instant bestseller. Hal Jam is suddenly a much sought after celebrity, pursued by the literary press, Hollywood agents, and pretty girls. Hal Jam, big, clumsy, often bewildered by his new human identity and confounded by the things people say and do, somehow manages to get along swimmingly?because even though he?s still very much a bear, the people around him see and hear only what they want to see and hear. Meanwhile, old Arthur Bramhall, completely distraught over the loss of his book, has taken refuge in the woods and has begun to exhibit distinctly ursine characteristics. The many outrageous situations that arise from these cases of switched mistaken identity are clever and funny and original. The publishing business is satirized with zest and good humor, as are academics, publicists, agents, and politicians. Author William Kotzwinkle?s varied career includes the E.T.: The Extraterrestrial and his children?s book series about Walter the Farting Dog, making him something of an expert in quirky unconventionality. It?s all in good fun, and The Bear Went Over the Mountain a great deal of fun for the reader.

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When a big black bear finds a book manuscript sitting under a tree in the Maine woods, he does the only logical thing. He dons a suit, travels to New York and tries to pass it off as his own work to a string of hot shot publishers.

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