The Terrible Twos (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
The Terrible Twos is at once a satire, always funny but most often bitter, and a morality play that involves the White House, Wall Street, the media, and industrial and commercial interests, as well as a dozen bizarre and interesting characters. A modern version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), the story begins in the winter of 1980, described by a statement from the Commerce Department as so rain-poor and so cold that records are set across the nation. Millions of people are unemployed, millions are without heat, and many are freezing to death, including one man on the steps of a locked church. Despite such conditions, however, Christmas is set to begin on Thanksgiving with the opulent Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will run through the Inauguration Day celebration in January when the fortieth President of the United States will be sworn into office. Attired in a three-thousand-dollar suit, warm and well-fed, smiling and waving, the First Actor is accompanied by his wife, Ms. Actorperson. The extravagance of the inauguration is made possible by West Coast money which has never been heard of by East Coast money, and Wall Street is nervous.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade serves as the vehicle by which the major characters are introduced. During the parade, Oswald Zumwalt is preparing dinner for his boss, Herman...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Library Journal. CVII, June 1, 1982, p. 1100.
Nation. CCXXXIV, May 22, 1982, p. 617.
The New York Review of Books. XXIX, August 12, 1982, p. 35.
The New York Times Book Review. LXXXVII, July 18, 1982, p. 9.
Publishers Weekly. CCXXI, May 7, 1982, p. 74.
Saturday Review. IX, June, 1982, p. 72.
West Coast Review of Books. VIII, September, 1982, p. 31.
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