[Reading] ➿ In a Shallow Grave By James Purdy – Peakpopa.info

In a Shallow Grave Five on a scale of five No, 13 on a scale of 10 Imagine the combined spirits of Faulkner and Flannery O Connor on LSD, channeling Rimbaud and Kafka who are trying to outdo each other paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, like jazz musicians trading eights This is the book they would write Layers and layers with surprise after surprise, every idea and action is qualified or contradicted, then contradicted again and that contradiction is qualified, and it s all perfect and spectacular What a wild ride I ve never read anything like it. A Soldier Named Garnet Montrose Returns Home To Coastal Virginia Bearing A Grotesque Injury Which Is Nauseatingly Repellent To Anyone Who Sees Him He Hires Two Young Male Caretakers, Quintus Pearch And Potter Daventry, Who Look After His Disability They Also Act As A Go Between With Garnet S Childhood Sweetheart, Now The Widow Georgina Rance, Delivering Her Messages In A Desperate Attempt To Restart Their Interrupted RelationshipWith Vivid Gothic Imagery And Drama, Purdy Explores The Varieties Of Love And The Powerful Transformations It Can Make In Anyone S Life Readers Will Not Soon Forget Garnet, Quintus, And Daventry For The Genuine Human Love That They Share And Reject And How They Discover Their Way In The World Now Available Paperback This video from the movie will give you a good idea of the feelings you ll have reading this strange book It s not at all what I expected from reading other reviews I expected pretension I love me some pretension and lots of wordy words What I got instead was genuine Southern dialogue used to tell a story I have yet to make real sense of I was just mesmerized by this little ditty Highly recommended. This is the perfect book for anyone looking to discover or explore the works of James Purdy In only 140 pages he displays the elements and characteristics of his highly literary writing a mysterious Southern Gothic style, an unconventional narration which stimulates thought, dramatic turns of plot suggesting the supernaturaland a touch of violence If you ve read William Faulkner and or Cormac McCarthy you will sense a resemblance, while also feeling eerily discomfited in the comparison as Purdy exposes alternate human truths never offered by those authors.Perhaps, after reading this moving work, like me and many, many others, you will wonder why Purdy s numerous novels are virtually unknown to readers This fact is one of the greater literary injustices which can be explained as having to do with the steady, longterm decline of American culture and the hypocrisy embedded within it How interesting, then, that Purdy himself exposes that very culture to us in his works and we surely don t want to see it N.B The book was also made into a 1988 movie with the same name It changes the book s message the ending was madeconventional. Unsure whilst reading and now unsure coming out Purdy did his utmost to set me in a world which I can t place or at least I can t place the time His use of language with that mix of old southern boy and the current slips which leave me confused as to when I am It s surreal alright But at the same time amidst all this misty feel of not know exactly where, when and what s happening, the feelings, the emotional tags ring out.Well our hero, Garnet has paid his price to being part of society, by defending his country and the resulting consequences Does this mean that now he can take free breaths, live free, love without constraints, be seen, but isn t that lonely because to do so, he must forge a path all on his lonesome and doesn t society exact a price from all of us, Daventry too So was this a love story, a tragedy, comedy at it s darkest, tricky just like the story.It s like we are puppets pulled here and there, pulled by the flow just like good little puppets being good and sometimes we find ourselves in a strange position which we like, were we can breath and be seen even though to the outside we appear all lopsided and strange But then a slight shift again and we loose that position and for the life of us, we can t get that position back. spooky mysterious intense surreal southern gothic like if flannery o connor wrote the book of revelations The little blurbs on the back cover make it sound like the feel good book of the year but this is so much freakier than that. Ja v l pirms izlas anas gribas uzmekl t upu ar cit m autora gr mat m, tad maz k par piec m zvaigzn m nevar likt Viss notiek t d k biblisk sapn , kur visu gribas attiecin t uz visu citu, superspilgtas ainas nostiprin s n tajos atk rtojumos, un visi run k Folknera murgu t li. Astonishingly good book. Sometimes when you think you ve hit on a hidden gem you find out by the time the ending comes around that you ve been tricked all along Indeed, if you look at the reviews on this site you see a lot of comparison of James Purdy to other great writers While I may admire a lot of what James Purdy is doing in this book the whole doesn t come together all that well in the end, at least for me In Shallow Graves is an absurd, funny and even touching book about a veteran who is so scarred by his wounds that he is disgusting and horrible to look at Some characters even throw up at his appearance His love for a woman whom he went to school with as a boy and who can no longer stand his appearance is especially poignant He sends her desperate love letters that are repetitive and don t really say anything at all and that he believes are scarcely noticed by her He has become so debilitated that he can hardly take care of himself so that he has to rely on servants to do things such as rub his feet and to read to him The entire beginning of the book deals with the difficulty in trying to find an adequate servant Meaning one who can stand his appearance in the first place It is a truly sad state for a person to be in There is an awkward love triangle in this book that I didn t find particularly convincing and that rang hollow There are some gay undertones in this triangle too but this didn t strike me as particularly believable given the context of the story and given the buildup The gay part was only briefly touched on near the end although the undertones pervade much of the novel, so to call this Glbt fiction is a bit of misnomer because it s not real explicit throughout I love absurd novels but the character relationships still need to be compelling and believable The characters were compelling but their relationships didn t always make that much sense Also this novel has a lot of very well written and poignant passages and the character voice is done very well, fitting with how southern people speak So although I may have enjoyed many aspects to this book, the fact that my enjoyment of it deteriorated slowly over its course is the cause for the low rating I m not sure if this is because I missed something or if the story is missing some vital piece like I assume It may be I missed something because I did read the novel in small increments over a period of time but I d like to think that I didn t miss too much.


About the Author: James Purdy

NY Times obituary He was an author of novels, short stories, poetry and plays His works were controversial and often panned by critics but received praise from authors such as Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal Purdy grew up in Ohio before moving to Chicago After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, the University of Chicago and the University of Madrid From 1949 to 1953 he taught at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis In 1960 he moved to New York City, where his literary career took off after meeting photographer Carl Van Vechten.Purdy was the recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1993 and was nominated for the 1985 PEN Faulkner Award for his novel


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