An Arrow's Flightby Mark Merlis
The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, with no end in sight, when an oracle supplies the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they need is Pyrrhus, son of the fallen Achilles. But Pyrrhus has been putting his godlike form to
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An Arrow’s Flight is a joyous and eccentric tour-de-force by the author of American Studies and Man About Town.
The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, with no end in sight, when an oracle supplies the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they need is Pyrrhus, son of the fallen Achilles. But Pyrrhus has been putting his godlike form to profitable use as a go-go dancer in the big city. Why should he leave the party, give up his hard-bought freedom, just because some voice in a jar says he must strap on a suit of hand-me-down armor? Still, he has always known destiny had plans for him, some more glittering future than life as a used-up hustler on a park bench somewhere. So he sails for Troy, hoping to transform himself into the bronzed immortal history requires. Instead, on an unscheduled detour, he stumbles through his first lessons on how to be a man.
Magically blending ancient headlines and modern myth, Merlis creates a fabulous new world where legendary heroes declare their endowments in the personal ads and any panhandler just might be a divinity in disguise. Comical, moving, startling in its audacity and range, An Arrow’s Flight is a profound meditation on gay identity, straight power, and human liberation.
Lambda Literary Award, 1998
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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!