No synopsis or comparison can convey the novel's lyric comedy or, indeed, its sinister powersinister because of the strength of will Cyril exerts over his wife, his mistress, his wife's reluctant lover; lyric, since he is also a “sex-singer" in the land where music is the food of love.
"Need I insist that the only enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy? That anything less than sexual multiplicity . . . is naive? That our sexual selves are merely idylers in a vast wood?" Thus the central theme of John Hawkes's widely acclaimed novel The Blood Oranges is boldly asserted by its narrator, Cyril, the archetypal multisexualist. Likening himself to a white bull on Love's tapestry, he pursues his romantic vision in a primitive Mediterranean landscape. There two couplesCyril and Fiona, Hugh and Catherinemingle their loves in an "lllyria" that brings to mind the equally timeless countryside of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
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About the Author
John Hawkes(1925–1998) was a postmodern novelist born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University. He was noted for his unconventional style and views on the creation of literature and was admired by Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Saul Bellow, Anthony Burgess, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Donald Barthelme.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
John Hawkes' Blood Oranges is, in my opinion, one of the finest examples of the art of writing I have ever had the tremendous pleasure of reading. The story of love and lust set in the fictional idyll of Illyria is brutal and honest and very sexy by itself; within the framework of Mr. Hawkes' talented and imaginative delivery, the story becomes unforgettable. My wife loved the story as well, and I have just ordered most of his backlist before I decided to review this one. Please try this book!