Malcolm: A Comic Novel by James Purdy

By James Purdy

The twenty-first-century revival of James Purdy maintains along with his vintage novel of innocence and corruption.

Introduced easily as “the boy at the bench,” the titular personality of Malcolm is a Candide-like determine who's picked up by way of the “most well-known astrologer of his period” and brought to a chain of more and more absurd characters and weird events in “the such a lot prodigiously humorous e-book to streak throughout those heavy-hanging times” (Dorothy Parker).

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This sneeringly jubilant invocation of the coming of the Anglo-Saxon invaders to Britain is presented in the alliterative verse tradition these first English-speaking Old English Language and Alliterative Tradition 35 people brought with them, the form and style of which flourish throughout the Old English period. Unlike some more recent types of versification, Old English metre is not primarily ‘syllable-counting’: lines in the above excerpt contain as few as eight syllables (63) and as many as twelve (62).

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