Kings of Infinite Space

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Kings of Infinite Space

By James Hynes, Ma

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312319663, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2005

Description

"Immensely witty...thoroughly entertaining."--"The Washington Post Book World"

Paul Trilby is having a bad day. If he were to be honest with himself, Paul Trilby would have to admit that he's having a bad life. His wife left him. Three subsequent girlfriends left him. He's fallen from a top-notch university teaching job, to a textbook publisher, to, eventually, working as a temp writer for the Texas Department of General Services. And even here, in this land of carpeted partitions and cheap lighting fixtures, Paul cannot escape the curse his life has become. For it is not until he begins a tentative romance with the office's sassy mail girl that he begins to notice things are truly wrong. Strange sounds come from the air conditioning vents, the ceiling bulges, a body disappears. Mysterious men lurk about town, wearing thick glasses and pocket protectors...

Kings of Infinite Space is a hilarious and horrifying spoof on our everyday lives and gives true voice to the old adage, "Work is Hell.



About the Author
James Hynes is the author of "Publish and Perish" and "The Lecturer's Tale," both a "New York Times" Notable Book. His television criticism has appeared in" Mother Jones" and the "Utne Reader," He lives in Austin, Texas.


Praise For Kings of Infinite Space

"This macabre, funny, and very twisted satire of office life displays James Hynes as a wonderfully eccentric and entirely original writer."--Esquire
"Hynes nails it...Kings of Infinite Space is Wells updated for the 21st century."--The Washington Post Book World
"Hynes must moonlight as a fisherman for he has mastered the art of luring, hooking and reeling readers in with his salty style and quick wit."--USA Today
"The Kings of Infinite Space is social satire that slides smoothly into horror."--Time