In five short stories, the Narrator looks back at a prep school friend, a country squire, his father's funeral, his half-sister, and his grief after the death of his mother
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The five stories in this second collection by the author of Out of the War are magical and unsettling. How will things end for Henderson after he slips out of the school window to go home to his beauteous, his mysterious mother, who, he assures his friend, has a perfectly serviceable penis? What force lies within Horus, the Egyptian falcon god, treasured by a general, sold after his death by his younger son, repurchased by Jack, "The Half Brother," and sold again by the younger son after Jack's death? Jack, a fantastic athlete, drunkard and womanizer, madly superstitious ("Did you hear a terrible crash in the middle of the night? That was me, touching wood"), turns up again in the novella "Ursula." The title character, Jack's sister, travels home to England for his funeral from New York, where she lives in Harlem with a black actress and indulges in fuzzy-minded egalitarianism, championing blacks that even other blacks repudiate. Her arrival serves to reintroduce characters we have met before, here fully realized. "The Ground Hostess" tells of a man who, to deflect the attentions of two friends, invents a double romance for himselfa woman because the female friend thinks he's gay, a man because the male friend thinks he's straight. In due course, these conjured-up spirits take on flesh. This quirky collection makes one marvel and laugh out loud.
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Book Description Moyer Bell Ltd, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0918825490