Whistlejacket

Whistlejacket

by John Hawkes
     
 

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While investigating his mentor's life and death, Michael, a voyeuristic fashion photographer, travels through a Dionysian landscape where sex is daydream, women and horses share the same erotic power, and perversity is the rule. An inventive mix of biography, history, erotica, and classic whodunit, "Whistlejacket" is John Hawkes at his best as he blurs distinctions

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While investigating his mentor's life and death, Michael, a voyeuristic fashion photographer, travels through a Dionysian landscape where sex is daydream, women and horses share the same erotic power, and perversity is the rule. An inventive mix of biography, history, erotica, and classic whodunit, "Whistlejacket" is John Hawkes at his best as he blurs distinctions between death and desire, image and language, art and morality.

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"Faintly menacing, deliberately ambiguous, heavy with sexual innuendo, the narrator's voice in this tightly spun, chilling new novel by accomplished writer Hawkes (Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade) is appropriate to the bizarre story that unfolds." --Publishers Weekly

Dalkey Archive Press

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A photographer is caught up in a web of erotic intrigue and murder. (Aug.)
Library Journal
$17.95. f Whistlejacket was the name of a powerful horse painted by 18th-century artist George Stubbs. Among the compelling fragments in Hawkes's new novel is an imaginative recreation of Stubbs's life and a sometimes harrowing account of his work in human and equine anatomy. Framing this segment are episodes from the lives of the Van Fleet family, modern fanciers of horseflesh and owners of Whistlejacket's portrait. A few of these hold our interestthe story of Grandfather Van Fleet's alcoholic and libidinous decline, for instancebut others are perfunctory. More damagingly, much is left unresolved, as if a master juggler had fallen asleep in the middle of his act.Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781765
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Hawkes (1925-1998) was one of the most innovative and widely regarded novelists of the twentieth century. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University, Hawkes taught at Brown University for thirty years. Praised by Leslie Fiedler, Flannery O'Connor, and William H. Gass, who wrote, "when it comes to the engravement of the sentence . . . no one can match him," Hawkes was the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including The Lime Twig, The Beetle Leg, Second Skin, Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade and The Passion Artist.

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