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Written in the epic style of Homer, Honk If You Love Aphrodite is a modern-day tale of one man's odyssey across New York City to the woman he adores. Aphrodite, goddess of love, sends her son to deliver this mortal Stanley Short-Sleeves from many perils; the treacherous subway and underworld below it; a bewitching Voodoo dancer; a drug dealer whose turf Stanley trangresses; and strange women unaccountably besotted with him. However, the greatest obstacle is not the colorful mortals Stanley encounters, or even the gods of the modern world, but rather Stanley's own divided heart. Does he truly want to return to the woman, as he claims? It is the duty of the son of Aphrodite to find out before the dawn. This swift, hilarious adventure sweeps the reader through the city, and ultimately through the many faces of love in our time.
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Daniel Evan Weiss is the author of the novels Hell on Wheels, Honk if You Love Aphrodite and The Swine's Wedding. His non-fiction includes The Great Divide and 100% American. He lives in New York City.From Kirkus Reviews:
Madman novelist Weiss (The Swines Wedding, 1996, etc.) goes for the Classics in his latest effort, a reimagining of the Odyssey set mostly in Brooklyn. Anyone whos read Homer knows that the ancient gods were wont to assume some pretty outlandish disguises and drop in at the most unexpected moments, butConey Island? In fact, this is exactly what Aphrodite, the goddess of love, has in mind in Weisss version of things. Concerned about the marital troubles plaguing a very ordinary mortal named Stanley, she asks her sonwith some trepidationto assume the mission of leading Stanley home to his wife Eileen and setting things aright. Uncle Hermes takes the boy over to meet Cousin Poseidon, who manages to wash him ashore not too far from the Boardwalk. Stanley has a tradition of going to Coney Island once a year with his buddies Myron and Lennie, and he keeps the date this year despite the fact that he should be at home with Eileen helping her to conceive a badly wanted child on this particular day of the month. Myron and Lennie, though, are more interested in copping some brews and checking out the babes, and Stanley is too afraid to look like a wuss in front of his pals. So Aphrodites son assumes the (rather unpleasant) form of Myron and begins his task. After getting sick on the Cyclone and tasting beer and hot dogs for the first time, Myron faces hurdle number onethe subway, of course, where he and Stanley put up with breakdowns, accidents, and predatory females before they wise up and grab a cab. But when the demented cabbie puts them out at the wrong address, they have to hoof it to the Upper West Sideonly to find Eileen waiting but Stanley totally beat. So Myron steps in again. After all, if youve assumed one human form youve assumed them all. A happy endingif not exactly the one Aphrodite had in mind. Jolly, rollicking fun, told with gusto and a surprising sensitivity. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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