By Mark Merlis
The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, without end, whilst an oracle offers the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they want is Pyrrhus, son of the fallen Achilles. yet Pyrrhus has been placing his godlike shape to ecocnomic use as a go-go dancer within the mammoth urban. Why should still he depart the social gathering, quit his hard-bought freedom, simply because a few voice in a jar says he needs to strap on a go well with of hand-me-down armor? nonetheless, he has continually recognized future had plans for him, a few extra glittering destiny than lifestyles as a used-up hustler on a park bench someplace. So he sails for Troy, hoping to remodel himself into the bronzed immortal heritage calls for. in its place, on an unscheduled detour, he stumbles via his first classes on how you can be a man.
Magically mixing historical headlines and smooth delusion, Merlis creates a wonderful new global the place mythical heroes claim their endowments within the own advertisements and any panhandler simply may be a divinity in cover. Comical, relocating, startling in its audacity and variety, An Arrow’s Flight is a profound meditation on homosexual id, directly strength, and human liberation.
-- Lambda Literary Award, homosexual Men’s Fiction, 1998
-- chosen by means of the Publishing Triangle as one of many a hundred top homosexual and lesbian novels of all time
A boldly conceived narrative of unusual artistry…Merlis’s perception into human nature and his skill to discover and articulate grace within the traditional strategy of human trade is awesome. one of several books written approximately AIDS and the homosexual event, Merlis’s novel is a beautiful standout. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Equal elements Iliad and town of Night…Merlis transforms the gimmick right into a miraculously wacky, droll, and infrequently tragic tale. – Village Voice
Top-of-the-line homosexual fiction, compulsively readable and extremely, very attractive. – The Advocate
Dazzles with its originality, its willingness to take mind-blowing hazards, its effective conjuration of a global right now sternly archaic and bracingly contemporary…This is a gorgeous, haunting paintings through one in all America's most interesting novelists. – Paul Russell
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An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis