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BAY OF ARROWS.

Parini, Jay.

ISBN 10: 0805016767 / ISBN 13: 9780805016765
Published by HENRY HOLT., NY, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Jay Parini on the half-title page. Fine in dj. ; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 27705

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Title: BAY OF ARROWS.

Publisher: HENRY HOLT., NY

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A college professor obsessed with writing an epic poem about the journey of Christopher Columbus finally gets a grant and takes his family to the Dominican Republic where Columbus first saw inhabitants of the New World. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A literate and literary romp through history and contemporary academia as Parini (The Last Station, The Patch Boys, etc.) gently indicts Christopher Columbus and his fictional protagonist, poet Christopher ``Geno'' Genovese, for their patriarchal misdeeds. A tenured professor at a small Vermont college, 40-year-old Geno, bored with teaching, wants to escape to a warm climate where he can write poems about Columbus. But when his application for a study grant is turned down, and he's ongoingly frustrated with the pettiness of academia--nicely satirized--and with the inevitable misunderstandings of married life, Geno has a brief affair with a student that leads to charges of sexual harassment. Wife Susan, unhappy and dissatisfied, accuses him of being an indifferent father; and his two young sons ignore him. Parallelling Geno's decline and fall is the story of Columbus's equally frustrated search for money and advancement. The similarities between the two men are numerous--both share the same name, both had fathers who failed, both are ambitious dreamers who neglect their wives; and just as Columbus is serendipitously saved by Queen Isabella of Spain, so Geno is equally magnificently rescued: He receives a half-million-dollar tax-free ``genius'' grant from the MacAlastair Foundation. Geno and family head for the Dominican Republic and, on the very Bay of Arrows where Columbus landed, build a house. Here, Geno becomes the quintessential patriarch, bullying his family about. But like Columbus, who turns out to be more sensitive than suspected, Geno--when tried by God and Noam Chomsky, among others, in a magic-realism trial--changes in time. The idyll ends with ``a whelm of conclusiveness,'' and Geno ``sets off, chastened, into life again.'' Witty, imaginative, and refreshing reprise of the now increasingly worked-over Columbus saga, but for all the insights and originality, an ultimately contrived concept. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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