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By Harry Crews

"Crews cracks open a southern-fried terrain that teems with heretofore unidentified life.... It's time the note bought out: Harry Crews kicks ass."—The Village Voice Literary Supplement

In physique Harry Crews unearths the sweetness within the gruesome and the ugly within the attractive, blending the demanding and the delicate, the brutal and the sort, the force for actual perfection and the compromise of true love. Bodybuilder-trainer Russell "Muscle" Morgan transforms Dorothy Turnipseed, a secretary from Waycross, Georgia, into Shereel Dupont, a paragon of actual perfection and top contender within the Ms. Cosmos contest—a being for whom successful is every little thing. yet, notwithstanding she will keep watch over every little thing approximately her physique, she can't keep watch over her kinfolk. The corpulent, redneck Turnipseeds arrive uninvited on the contest and disillusioned the cautious stability that retains Shereel's world—the high-tension global of bodybuilding— intact. Hilariously humorous, gritty, robust, and profound. physique is Crews's top novel yet.

"Raunchy and perverse and wildly funny..."—Washington put up ebook World

"Uproarious.... It stands along with his most sensible works."—Los Angeles instances publication Review

"Savagely humorous and lethal serious.... [Crews's] characters, targeted and actual, muscle his tale all through its no-holds-barred ending."—Publishers Weekly

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The dynasty or family of kings to which he belonged is known in history as the Merovingian dynasty. It was so called from Meroveus, the father of Childeric and grandfather of Clovis. D. I IN the time of Clovis the country now called Bulgaria was inhabited by Goths. One day a poor shepherd boy, about sixteen years of age, left his mountain home in that country to go to the city of Constantinople, which was many miles away. The boy had no money to pay the expenses of the journey, but he was determined to go, even though he should have to walk every step of the road and live on fruits that he could gather by the way.

In fact, they did not desire to have any business to do. The things they cared for were dogs, horses and sport. One of the most famous of the mayors was a man named Pepin. Once a year, it is said, Pepin had the king dressed in his finest clothes and paraded through the city of Paris, where the court was held. A splendid throng of nobles and courtiers accompanied the king, and did him honor as he went along the streets in a gilded chariot drawn by a long line of beautiful horses. The king was cheered by the people, and he acknowledged their greetings most graciously.

No one ever knew him to be afraid of anything even when he was but a child. His father, who was named Childeric, often took him to wars which the Franks had with neighboring tribes, and he was very proud of his son's bravery. The young man was also a bold and skillful horseman. He could tame and ride the most fiery horse. When Clovis became king of the Franks a great part of Gaul still belonged to Rome. This part was then governed by a Roman general, named Syagrius. Clovis resolved to drive the Romans out of the country, and he talked over the matter with the head men of his army.

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