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William and Terry chanced upon monogamy before it became the symbol of a world ruled by illness and denial. The author--an acclaimed voice in the gay community--offers a brilliant, hilarious, and touching novel about love and desire in the plague years.
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Adam Mars-Jones's first book of stories, Lantern Lecture, was published in 1981 and won a Somerset Maugham Award. In 1983 and again in 1993 he was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, despite not having produced a novel at the time. His Zen status as an acclaimed novelist without a novel was dented by the appearance of The Waters of Thirst, and can only suffer further with the appearance of Pilcrow, described by Margaret Drabble as 'one of the most remarkable novels I have read in recent years.'From Kirkus Reviews:
Like his recent stories (Monopolies of Loss, 1993), Mars- Jones' first novel draws inspiration from the AIDS epidemic, but does so indirectly. It's a smart parable of desire and denial, with a hard-earned wit and an elegiac sense of humor. Digressive and deliberately arch, this novel in the form of a monologue recounts the long monogamous relationship of two gay men in contemporary London. William, a failed actor who makes a living doing voice-overs for advertisements, chatters on about his less effusive lover, Terry, an airline worker. But their happiness is threatened by disease. Not AIDS, but William's chronic renal failure, a kidney disease that's limited his life since he was 16. This ``dowry of damage'' prevents William from enjoying the food and drink he so loves to serve guests. His flawless dinner parties reduce him to a state of constant and unfulfilled desire. William delights in tales of his well-developed hospitality, welcoming both the closeted vicar who gobbles cashews and the yuppie cokehead next door who tries to chop off his own hand. The long wait for an organ transplant provokes William to dwell on potential donors and those who fail to sign their cards. Meanwhile, William's sexual desire channels itself into pornographic fantasies centered on one tantalizing star whose career he follows for signs of ill health. When William's ``blind date'' with some else's kidney finally comes, his narrative transforms into a post-op dream induced by fever and pent-up yearning. Mars-Jones attends to word and image with a poet's touch. Beneath the campy surface is a fiction of cool intelligence and controlled passion. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Vintage, 1995. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0679759603
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