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Title: JULES VERNE STEAM BALLOON: NINE STORIES (...
Publisher: North Point Press
Publication Date: 1987
Book Condition: Fine+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition.
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Guy Davenport - regarded by the "New York Times" "one of our most gifted and versatile men of letters" - has produced in this collection of stories a remarkably harmonious synthesis of subjects and forms. Melding history, biography, botany, political theory, geology, and other interests, Davenport creates fictions that are complex but unified, mature, balanced, and resolved.From Library Journal:
Davenport writes in what might be called a cubist style. A typical story may be divided into dozens of fragments: snatches of philosophical banter; dense but lyrical lectures on botany and geology; erotic interludes in which young boys are forever "husking down" their underwear to "whack off." This latter obsession obscures Davenport's very real talent for aesthetic and intellectual fantasy. Consequently, the most beguiling item here, in which Davenport eschews his more tiresome habits, is "Pyrrhon of Elis," about a Greek philosopher profoundly skeptical of the "fine round world of people and things." For sophisticated readers. Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id.
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