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An Arrow's Flight / Edition 1

An Arrow's Flight / Edition 1

by Mark Merlis, Merlis


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An Arrow's Flight / Edition 1

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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ISBN-13: 9780312242886
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Edition description: REV
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Mark Merlis is the author of An Arrow's Flight, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of Man About Town.

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Scott Heim

"Mark Merlis is an ingenious, almost terrifyingly intelligent writer and a storyteller in the grandest sense. An Arrow's Flight remains loyal to the epic form while injecting it with all the right contemporary poisons: cultural and political scandal; a hilarious, brittle wit; loads and loads of sex. A dazzlingly, astoundingly great novel." -- Author of Mysterious Skin and In Awe

Christopher Bram

"Much as I lvoed American Studies, nothing could have prepared me for Mark Merlis's new novel. Using high comedy, low comedy, and sharp, snapping prose, he creates a rich new anti-world out of Greek myth and seventies gay life. It begins as a brilliant game -- smart, smart-ass, sexy, and funny -- but becomes very moving, deep, and wise. The book is a cockeyed masterpiece." -- Author of Gossip

Paul Russell

"An Arrow's Flight dazzles with its originality, its willingness to take astonishing risks, its triumphant conjuration of a world at once sternly archaic and bracingly contemporary. This is a beautiful, haunting work by one of America's finest novelists." -- Author of Boys of Live and Sea of Tranquility

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An Arrow's Flight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely engaging and entertaining. I recommend it highly to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's great! It's that simple.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!