Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.
This riveting tale of compulsion and murder bears comparison in its inexorability to Jim Thompson's .