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A Thirsty Evil

A Thirsty Evil

From the poignant realisation as an adult of the cruel brutality of childhood in ‘The Robin’, man then comes face to face with himself as a boy in ‘A Moment of Green Laurel’: both stories combining the nostalgia and fear that haunt us all in old age. Meanwhile, in ‘Erlinda and Mr Coffin’, Southern etiquette is unashamedly turned upside down in a tale of amateur theatricals reminiscent of Dickens and Victorian melodrama.

Yet it is in ‘Three Stratagems’, ‘The Zenner Trophy’, ‘Pages from an Abandoned Journal’ and ‘The Ladies in the Library’ (with more than a hint of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice in the latter) that we see Vidal as we know him best: cynical and provocative in these subtle tales of what was known in those days as ‘sexual inversion’.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

On Sale: 18th May 2009

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780349106564

Reviews

Falling somewhere between the realms of Henry Adams and all of Monty Python, Gore Vidal has for many years served as America's own Tiresias - a seer and a scourge as well as an entertainer of the highest order
JAY McINERNEY
Vidal's combination of learning, wit and disdain gets into your blood. He can change the way you think - the only definition of a great writer which makes sense
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