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Portrait of a young man drowningby Charles Perry
"This book will have you sitting up in bed at 3:00 AM, reading furiously and chewing your nails. Do not pick it up if your bed-partner (assuming you have one) is bothered by your reading light. Once the story gets rolling, it is impossible to put down as it drives you inexorably to its truly shocking conclusion. Shocking, really, and you can tell by my reading list that I'm not easily shocked. To top it off, the 'about the author' page contains almost as much tragedy, plot, and surprise as the story itself. I won't tell you how the novel ends, but I'll tell you the last word ? E-X-P-L-O-S-I-O-N !"
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Charles Perry's only novel, first published in 1962, is set on the streets of Brooklyn; its cast of characters includes gangsters, juvenile delinquents, killers, and sexual compulsives. Meant to be a homage to Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, it is one of the few novels of its time to be written by a black author about whites.
Portrait of a Young Man Drowning is a riveting tale of compulsion and murder. Caught in a whirlpool of street crime and Oedipal passion, the narrator Harold Odom is driven by circumstances into acts of self-destruction and twisted sexuality. His tale is comparable in its inexorability to Jim Thompson's classic The Killer Inside Me.
This riveting tale of compulsion and murder bears comparison in its inexorability to Jim Thompson's .
Set in the world of Brooklyn gangsters and juvenile delinquents, reveals a character caught in a whirlpool of street crime and Oedipal passion, driven by circumstances beyond his control into acts of self-destruction and twisted sexuality.
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