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As Harry Mathews has
said, Wiebe is "unsettlingly original." The satires of Skyblue's
Essays explode with sardonic humor, surreal parody, mad exhilaration,
quirky vigor and
a superb style.
Dallas Wiebe has spent all his life in the Midwest. Born in Newton,
KS, he now lives in
"In these stories Dallas Wiebe strengthens his position as one
of our best writers of
innovative fictions.... What do we find in this feast of short fiction?
parody, satire, a rich and often superb style, and somewhere in all
this the credible,
delicate confrontation of a lunatic culture and a struggling self."
--Doug Bolling, American Book Review
"The stories are as remarkable as they are unusual. Wiebe's
often sardonic narration
takes his characters through a hostile and absurd world with a sense
of humor that
makes you want to laugh and shake your head at the same time... a
engaging view of the world."
--Jeff Erdie, Ohio Writer
"The often hilarious, occasionally touching series of wonky
disquisitions, fictions, and
afflictions...now childlike, now suddenly mortal... Wiebe's goofiness
inhabits a big heart.
His writing continually reminds us how much of our laughter is born
of grimness.... This
book is a Vanitas, a memento mori, as surely as that rosary of skulls
you long to finger
in the museum."
--W.B. Keckler, American Book Review
"If you read this book, your life, not
to mention your conversations, may become more
--Charles Alexander, Rain Taxi
"Wiebe has committed the ultimate creative
act: setting loose his imagination to explore
the language and the body and the soul indiscriminately. ...an energetic
romp through the
many layers of human life, rooted in the rhythms of the King James
Bible, ancient epics,
straightforward plain speech, and hymn-singing.... Dallas Wiebe is
our James Joyce."
--Warren Kliewer, Mennonite Life