An Arrow's Flight / Edition 1by Mark Merlis, Merlis
Pub. Date: 09/28/1999
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
In this tour-de-force, the author of the award-winning "American Studies" tells the story of the Trojan War and Pyrrhus, the son of the fallen Achilles, now working as a go-go boy and hustler in the big city.
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Confusing mess that attempts to be clever but ends up being a disappointment. The book clearly states if you're not young and beautiful you do not matter, which is a terrible lesson for gay men.
This book is extremely engaging and entertaining. I recommend it highly to everyone!
This book is the best! Talk about 'wow!' This book has everything an avid gay liturature reader loves, plus more! The combination of history and homosexuality is just perfect! Majorly recommended! There is no way this book could fail to impress anyone! If I say anything about the plot of the story, it will give the whole thing away, so, if you are curious about it.... read it! =)
Please, don't let my review scare you away. 'An Arrow's Flight' presupposes that Ancient Greece still exists politically and religiously about 20 years before the time of the Trojan Horse, but with today's technology, military chain of command, and social attitudes towards gays and lesbians. A one-joke book, you say? HAH! I dare you to read it because you'll encounter writing that is not only compelling and insightful but very, very sharp about the influence of civilization upon individual human beings. It reads best in its own sphere as a comedy-drama; and Merlis deserves accolades for his extraordinary creativity in dreaming up the novel's premise and shaping it so wittily.
It's great! It's that simple.
Miss this book at your peril. Heartbreakingly good and stays with you. Not just for gay men by a long shot. The author takes what could have been a clever one-note joke and turns it into a portrait of the human condition. I urge you to take a chance on this novel.
It's years since I've missed the company of a book as sorely as I missed this one on finishing it. THe quirk of shifting the Trojan war to almost present day works fine for me ... I simply inhabited the world of enormously rich characters that have the flavour of the greatest literature about them. A gloriously compassionate book ... quite heartachingly gay, loved the wholeheartedness of that aspect. A great book!