The Making of Toro by Mark Sundeen audiobook

The Making of Toro

By Mark Sundeen
Produced and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
Read by Robertson Dean

Blackstone Publishing
4.72 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $24.95

    ISBN: 9781470891862

  • $24.95

    ISBN: 9780786188666

The Making of Toro is a brilliant and hilarious memoir of what happens when you try too hard to make life into high art. An author gets an offer from a big-city publisher to write a new book about bullfighting in Mexico. His first book had been an important but sadly overlooked effort, but this! This is his chance to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Hemingway, and exhibit his own literary genius. But he finds the bullfighting tawdry, and people seem more interested in the sideshows. The author speaks little Spanish, has little reporting experience, and is dangerously unqualified to write about bullfighting. As his research falters, money runs out, and the deadline approaches, his alter ego, Travis LaFrance, takes over in an attempt to foment real life into something grand and literary.

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Summary

Summary

The Making of Toro is a brilliant and hilarious memoir of what happens when you try too hard to make life into high art.

An author gets an offer from a big-city publisher to write a new book about bullfighting in Mexico. His first book had been an important but sadly overlooked effort, but this! This is his chance to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Hemingway, and exhibit his own literary genius. But he finds the bullfighting tawdry, and people seem more interested in the sideshows. The author speaks little Spanish, has little reporting experience, and is dangerously unqualified to write about bullfighting. As his research falters, money runs out, and the deadline approaches, his alter ego, Travis LaFrance, takes over in an attempt to foment real life into something grand and literary.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] amusing, chivalric tongue-in-cheek story of a writer set on acquainting everyday readers with Mexican bullfighting.”  Publishers Weekly
“The premise of The Making of Toro is lifted straight out of Hemingway: A publisher approaches Sundeen with the idea of writing a colorful, testosterone-fueled book about bullfighting in Mexico. In true postmodern fashion, the writer rises to the occasion by inventing an accomplished and swaggering Raoul Duke-like alter ego, Travis LaFrance…to mask the fact that he has little actual reporting experience, doesn’t speak Spanish, and is woefully short on testosterone himself.”  Amazon.com, editorial review
“Robertson Dean gives a robust and flamboyant performance that perfectly befits Sundeen/LaFrance.” AudioFile
“Read with great enthusiasm by Robertson Dean…Ah, the machismo of bullfighting and the literary tradition of dead white men. What a riot! Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“It’s funny, surreal, and thoroughly one-of-a-kind, an exciting adventure about a grand misadventure.”  Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Mark Sundeen

Author Bio: Mark Sundeen

Mark Sundeen is the author of several books, including The Man Who Quit Money, and the coauthor of North by Northwestern, which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has taught fiction and nonfiction in the MFA creative-writing programs at the University of New Mexico and Southern New Hampshire University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English