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Port Mungo: A Novelby Patrick McGrath
Synopses & Reviews
During their privileged, eccentric English childhood, Jack Rathbone enjoyed the unstinting adoration of his sister, Gin. So when both are art students in London, it is wrenching for her to watch him fall under the spell of Vera Savage, a flamboyant and reckless painter from Glasgow.
Jack and Vera run off to New York City within weeks of meeting, and from a bruised, bereft distance Gin follows their progress south through Miami and pre-revolutionary Havana to Port Mungo, a seedy town in the mangrove swamps of Honduras. There, in an old banana warehouse, Jack obsessively devotes himself to his canvases while Vera succumbs to a chronic restlessness that not even the birth of two daughters can subdue.
Gin is the far-from-objective chronicler of these lives, across decades and continents. Over the years her Greenwich Village house becomes a haven for Jack, for his buccaneering mate, and for Peg and Anna, the two girls left to bob in their chaotic wake.
Passion, narcissism, and the relentless demands of creativity hold these riveting characters in thrall, and McGrath skilfully evokes a feverish world of tropical impulses and artistic ambition that leads ultimately to dark secrets and to death.
Gin Rathbone har siden barndommen i 1950'ernes England forgudet sin bror Jack og som voksen f
Pained to see her beloved brother, Jack, fall under the spell of a flamboyant painter, Gin tracks their journeys throughout the world and eventually shares her home in Greenwich Village with them when their waywardness results in the neglect of their two daughters. 60,000 first printing.
About the Author
Patrick McGrath was born in London. He is the author of Blood and Water and Other Stories, The Grotesque, Spider, Dr. Haggard's Disease, and Asylum, and is the co-editor, with Bradford Morrow, of The New Gothic. He lives in New York City and London and is married to the actress Maria Aitken.
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