By Mark Merlis
The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, for ever and ever, while an oracle provides the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they want is Pyrrhus, son of the fallen Achilles. yet Pyrrhus has been placing his godlike shape to ecocnomic use as a go-go dancer within the substantial urban. Why may still he depart the social gathering, hand over his hard-bought freedom, simply because a few voice in a jar says he needs to strap on a swimsuit of hand-me-down armor? nonetheless, he has constantly recognized future had plans for him, a few extra glittering destiny than existence as a used-up hustler on a park bench someplace. So he sails for Troy, hoping to rework himself into the bronzed immortal background calls for. in its place, on an unscheduled detour, he stumbles via his first classes on easy methods to be a man.
Magically mixing historic headlines and sleek fable, Merlis creates a superb new global the place mythical heroes claim their endowments within the own advertisements and any panhandler simply could be a divinity in cover. Comical, relocating, startling in its audacity and variety, An Arrow’s Flight is a profound meditation on homosexual id, immediately energy, and human liberation.
-- Lambda Literary Award, homosexual Men’s Fiction, 1998
-- chosen through the Publishing Triangle as one of many a hundred most sensible homosexual and lesbian novels of all time
A boldly conceived narrative of unusual artistry…Merlis’s perception into human nature and his skill to discover and articulate grace within the traditional means of human alternate is amazing. among the books written approximately AIDS and the homosexual adventure, Merlis’s novel is a gorgeous standout. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Equal elements Iliad and town of Night…Merlis transforms the gimmick right into a miraculously wacky, droll, and infrequently tragic tale. – Village Voice
Top-of-the-line homosexual fiction, compulsively readable and extremely, very attractive. – The Advocate
Dazzles with its originality, its willingness to take astounding hazards, its victorious conjuration of an international without delay sternly archaic and bracingly contemporary…This is a gorgeous, haunting paintings by means of certainly one of America's best novelists. – Paul Russell
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An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis