This novel by the author of "The Legends of Jesse Dark" centres round the life of Page, a war photojournalist, and his lifelong search for his unknown father on a journey that takes his from Vietnam to Paris and to Algeria.
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Hard-drinking photojournalist Hunter Page becomes obsessed with learning more about the mother he never knew, legendary jazz vocalist Lela Maar, in a desperate attempt to avoid coming to terms with his own experiences in Vietnam. Through Page's researches, and the reminiscences of Lela's reefer-smoking piano man Lester "Fingers" Mink, we catch glimpses of the woman in her various metamorphoses: as Vera Marsh, part-time leafleteer for the American Anarchist Alliance; as Lela Maar; and finally as Ariel, a fragile beauty dying of heroin addiction at a London clinic. Doane seems to be trying to incorporate as many cultural stereotypes and genre styles as possible in one book. The result reads like a bad parody. Not recommended. Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch., Los Angeles
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0345358996