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Skipper, an ex-World War II naval Lieutenant and the narrator of , interweaves past and present--what he refers to as his "naked history"--in a series of episodes that tell the story of a volatile life marked by pitiful losses, as well as a more elusive, overwhelming, joy. The past: the suicides of his father, wife and daughter, the murder of his son-in-law, a brutal rape, and subsequent mutiny at sea. The present: caring for his granddaughter on a "northern" island where he works as an artificial inseminator of cows, and attempts to reclaim the innocence with which he faced the tragedies of his earlier life. Combining unflinching descriptions of suffering with his sense of beauty, Hawkes is a master of nimble and sensuous prose who makes the awful and mundane fantastic, and occasionally makes the fantastic surreal.

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"John Hawkes is an extraordinary writer. I have always admired his books. They should be more widely read."--Saul Bellow

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:
9780811216449
Preface:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Preface by:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Preface:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Author:
Hawkes, John
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.54 lb

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