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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Publisher Comments:

"Need I insist that the only enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy? That anything less than sexual multiplicity . . . is naive? That our sexual selves are merely idylers in a vast wood?" Thus the central theme of John Hawkes's widely acclaimed novel The Blood Oranges is boldly asserted by its narrator, Cyril, the archetypal multisexualist. Likening himself to a white bull on Love's tapestry, he pursues his romantic vision in a primitive Mediterranean landscape. There two couples--Cyril and Fiona, Hugh and Catherine--mingle their loves in an "lllyria" that brings to mind the equally timeless countryside of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Yet no synopsis or comparison can convey the novel's lyric comedy or, indeed, its sinister power--sinister because of the strength of will Cyril exerts over his wife, his mistress, his wife's reluctant lover; lyric, since he is also a "sex-singer" in the land where music is the food of love.

Synopsis:

"Rich, evocative, highly original piece of fiction. It gilds contemporary American literature with real, not synthetic, gold."--Anthony Burgess

About the Author

John Hawkes (1925-1998) was one of the most innovative and widely regarded novelists of the twentieth century. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University, Hawkes taught at Brown University for thirty years. Praised by Leslie Fiedler, Flannery O'Connor, and William H. Gass, who wrote, "when it comes to the engravement of the sentence . . . no one can match him," Hawkes was the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including The Lime Twig, The Beetle Leg, Second Skin, Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade and The Passion Artist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811200615
Author:
Hawkes, John
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19720417
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.8 in 0.61 lb

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