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The Blood Oranges (Paperback)

Author:  John Hawkes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0811200612
ISBN-13: 9780811200615
Sku: 30169792
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  284
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"Rich, evocative, highly original piece of fiction. It gilds contemporary American literature with real, not synthetic, gold." Anthony Burgess
From the Publisher:
"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.
An erotic narrative focusing on the quadrilateral love affairs of two married couples. Cyril and Fiona meet Hugh and Catherine and, in the best fashion of the 1960s, the four agree to swap spouses. This works to everyone's satisfaction for a while, until it becomes apparent that the affairs have not worked out as casually as they were intended. Not only does Cyril become jealous of Hugh, he suspects that Fiona may have fallen in love. Both comic and disturbing, "Blood Oranges" provides an unusual perspective on modern notions of liberation.
Author Bio
John Hawkes
His family moved from Connecticut's "Gold Coast" to Alaska when John Hawkes was 10 years old. He began to write novels at Harvard, publishing his first one at 23. After working at Harvard University Press, he became a teacher at various colleges, including Harvard and Brown, where he received an M.A. His novel "Second Skin" won the National Book Award in 1964. Hawkes's fiction is relentlessly experimental; he writes blackly comic works in which, nevertheless, he insists that his "ultimate aim and moral purpose" is "compassion for every living thing."


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"[Hawkes'] prose is irreducible--its metaphysical and poetic lambency shouts out to be probed and re-read until the reader comes to sense that all things are connected through the power of imagination and memory." - R.J. Thompson 10/01/1971

Times Literary Supplement
"['Blood Oranges'] is a fabric of unfolding ironies, an impressively artful book." 10/15/1971

Saturday Review
"Hawkes has demonstrated a remarkable ability to create dream landscapes." - Ronald DeFeo 10/23/1971

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0284
Product attributePublisher:   New Directions Publishing Corporation
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