The Blood Oranges by John Hawkes

By John Hawkes

"Need I insist that the single enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy? That something lower than sexual multiplicity . . . is naive? That our sexual selves are in simple terms idylers in an unlimited wood?" hence the primary subject matter of John Hawkes's greatly acclaimed novel The Blood Oranges is boldly asserted by way of its narrator, Cyril, the archetypal multisexualist. Likening himself to a white bull on Love's tapestry, he pursues his romantic imaginative and prescient in a primitive Mediterranean panorama. There couples—Cyril and Fiona, Hugh and Catherine—mingle their loves in an "lllyria" that brings to brain the both undying nation-state of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Yet no synopsis or comparability can show the novel's lyric comedy or, certainly, its sinister power—sinister a result of self-control Cyril exerts over his spouse, his mistress, his wife's reluctant lover; lyric, due to the fact that he's additionally a “sex-singer" within the land the place song is the meals of affection.

Show description

Read or Download The Blood Oranges PDF

Similar american literature books

The Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

This selection of essays explores Faulkner's common cultural import. Drawing on quite a lot of cultural thought and writing in available English, ten significant Faulkner students research the long-lasting entire of Faulkner's paintings and produce into concentration the wider cultural contexts that lent resonance to his paintings.

The Tin Can Tree


In the small city of Larksville, the Pike relations is hopelessly out of step with the day-by-day rhythms of existence after the tragic, unintended demise of six-year-old Janie Rose. Mrs. Pike seldom speaks, blaming herself, whereas Mr. Pike is pressured to return out of his lengthy, cozy silence. Then there's ten-year-old Simon, who's all at once and not using a child sister -- and with no realizing why she's gone.

Those closest to this shattered relations needs to discover ways to convenience them -- and confront their very own deepest shadows of hidden grief. If time can't draw them out of the darkish, then love can be their purely wish. .. .

New variants of favourite Anne Tyler backlist titles--for new lovers to take pleasure in, and for outdated lovers to take pleasure in back.


Declining superstar Chet Pomeroy, makes an attempt to win again Catherine, the lady whom he married (or possibly didn't marry) in Panama numerous years sooner than.

His quest for Catherine takes him to Key West, Florida, a centre of commercialism and corruption the place nightmares stalk his waking hours.

The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson used to be an avid book-collector, a voracious reader, and a proficient writer--a guy who prided himself on his wisdom of classical and sleek languages and whose marginal annotations contain quotations from Euripides, Herodotus, and Milton. And but there hasn't ever been a literary lifetime of our such a lot literary president.

Additional resources for The Blood Oranges

Example text

Hawthorne’s ‘The Birth-Mark’: Science as Religion,” South Atlan- Blithedale Romance, The tic Quarterly 48 (October 1949): 575–583; Jones, E. : Sherwood Sugden, 1991); Lammers, John, “Powers’ Eve Tempted: Sculpture and ‘The Birth-Mark,’ ” Publications of the Arkansas Philological Association 21, no. : Greenwood Press, 1999), 48–51; Rosenberg, Liz, “ ‘The Best That Earth Could Offer’: ‘The Birth-Mark,’ a Newlywed’s Story,” Studies in Short Fiction 30, no. , “Science and Art in Hawthorne’s ‘The Birth-Mark,’ ” Nineteenth-Century Literature 41, no.

She believed “the loveliest ideal of love and the beauty of feminine purity” shone in this story. ” A century and a half later, Liz Rosenberg observes that Hawthorne employs three systems of thought, popular at the time, in examining Aylmer’s dilemma (“ ‘The Best That Earth Could Offer’: ‘The Birth-Mark,’ a Newlywed’s Story”). All are applied to the problem of “union versus separation”: alchemy, animism, and Emersonian transcendentalism. ” He envisions this journey, however, as one of his own making; it is a distillation of his individual effort, and Georgiana has only a passive role.

Suddenly, in the spring, a butterfly flies in the window and flutters near his head. Owen takes this as an omen that he must give up drinking, and he returns to his work during the nighttime. One evening, Hovenden invites him to a celebration of Annie’s engagement to Robert Danforth. At this news, he destroys his “little system of machinery,” the product of months of his labor. In Owen’s longtime devotion to Annie, he had constructed a vision of an angelic figure that had little factual basis. ” To Owen, however, Robert Danforth has snatched away his angel.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.13 of 5 – based on 31 votes