The acclaimed author of Little Big Man is at his most unusual in this retelling of the Greek Oresteia trilogy through the lives of a seemingly ordinary small-town American family. When a returning WWII hero is murdered by his adulterous wife and her lover, his son Orrie slays them both in this darkly intriguing and mysterious work.
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Thomas Berger was the author of many novels, including Meeting Evil,Regiment of Women,Neighbors, andThe Feud, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. HisLittle Big Manis known throughout the world. He lived in upstate New York and passed away in 2014.From Library Journal:
The bones of the story are familiar: a war hero returns after years away to find himself unwelcome. In his absence his wife has taken a lover, and together wife and lover conspire in his murder. The son, urged on by the murdered hero's furious daughter, kills his father's killers. It is the Oresteia, but updated and translated into life in small-town America at the close of World War II. Agamemnon becomes Augie Mencken, a failure whose heroism is itself an elaborate hoax; Clytemnestra becomes Esther, who takes as her lover Augie's more successful cousin E.G.; Electra become Ellie; and Orestes, the title's Orrie. The novel is amusing, but little else, and unfortunately it provides no new turns on either its mythic bones or its updated setting. For collections of popular literature.
- Kevin Ray, Washington Univ. Lib., St. Louis
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