Yesterday, Professor Walter Hogan — author of The Agony and the Eggplant — shocked us all with his mention of the “dual roles” in The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death.
But what on earth was he talking about?
He kindly sent me a few pages from his book and they really blew my mind.
I don’t want to steal all of his thunder here by giving his secret away for free. However, I feel like I can hardly continue with Avocado of Death Week without discussing it. It’s the Mighty Gorilla in the room, you might say.
Here then is the basic idea:
The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death is not an insane, discombobulated, urban fantasy, but a completely plausible story in which no natural laws are broken. There is a single, simple rational explanation for it all. Everything! The orangutans, the fruit bat and, yes, even the Avocado of Death itself!
Things are not what they seem. There’s a giant secret of which the narrator himself is unaware. And the book ends without him becoming aware. So there’s no last page revelation to wake up the reader.
I’ve read the book multiple times without even suspecting it! But Hogan caught on and has pulled out many convincing clues. Furthermore, he extorted a semi-admission from Pinkwater.
So if you’ve read the book before, but never pulled back the curtain on Pinkwater’s grand secret, maybe this is the time to read it again. Here’s a hint: Osgood’s false nose may really be a false nose!