Abandoned by his wife and devastated by the death of his twelve-year old son, Eddy Bale becomes obsessed with the plight of terminally ill children and develops a plan to provide a last hurrah dream vacation for seven children who will never grow-up.
Eddy and his four dysfunctional chaperones journey to the entertainment capital of America—Disney World. Once they arrive, a series of absurdities characteristic of an Elkin novel—including a freak snowstorm and a run-in with a vengeful Mickey Mouse—transform Eddy’s idealistic wish into a fantastic nightmare.
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Introduction: “‘Because Everything Has a Perfectly Reasonable Explanation.’ Our Ticket to Elkin’s Magic Kingdom.” by David C. Dougherty
“Stanley Elkin’s Magic Carnival”
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“Stanley Elkin’s Magic Carnival” by Robert Morace
“The ‘skirls …
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“The ‘skirls and screaks’ of ‘the deserving dead,’ Stanley Elkin’s Death-Defying Maximalism” by Kellie Wells
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“Misrecognition and the Gaze in Stanley Elkin’s The Magic Kingdom” by Skip Willman