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Treasure Hunt

By (author) Frederick Buechner
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Published: 11th May 1978
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
Weight: 390g
ISBN-10: 0701122986
ISBN-13: 9780701122980
Barcode No: 9780701122980

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Could anyone but Frederick Buechner blend reincarnation, UFOs, transistorized teeth, adultery, illegitimacy, and Jesus without seeming a smart-aleck, a preacher, or a lout? But then no one but Buechner has dear departed (via Love Feast, 1974) evangelist Leo Bebb as a quasi-spiritual guide or Bebb's professorial son-in-law Antonio Parr as a freethinking narrator. The treasure (read: Kingdom of Heaven) hunt begins when Antonio, wife Sharon, and octogenarian theosophist Gertrude Conover leave Princeton for Poinsett, S.C., at Bebb's posthumous request: his cassette-recorded Last Will & Testament urges them to do something nice "for Jesus" with the old Bebb homestead. To their surprise, Bebb's hitherto unreported twin brother Babe - and bald wife Bertha - are already ensconced therein, having established a profitable Uforium - moon rocks, consultations, life-rays. While tetchy family tensions over the property mount, Antonio feels a "kind of panicky openness to almost any possibility," even the possibility that Bebb has been reincarnated as a blind, newborn Poinsett baby. And Sharon digs up her soiled roots: "It must be some kind of a record, Bopper. I finally find my real mother, and a couple of days later she takes off for outerspace. Maybe I ought to try the spray can instead of the roll-on." Like much-reincarnated Gertrude, who likes to draw parallels between Pontius Pilate and Nelson Rockefeller, Buechner knows "short-cut diagonals to the heart of things." And his diagonals run circles around just about everybody else in the humor-cum-philosophy business. (Kirkus Reviews)