By Alexander Theroux
Alaric Darconville is a tender professor at a southern woman's university. He falls in love with certainly one of his scholars, is abandoned, and the results are nearly past the telling. yet no longer really. This novel is an wonderful wire-walking exhibition of wit, wisdom, and linguistic mastery.
Darconville's Cat is a unique approximately love and hate. between different issues, it offers with gentle tensions among lifestyles and paintings, the perfect and the true, God and devil, and, in particular, with the crises and conflicts among guy and girl, the tragic implications of which achieve the entire as far back as the Primal Fall.
Its chapters include a multiplicity of narrative varieties, together with a diary, a proper oration, an abecedarium, a sermon, a litany, a blank-verse play, poems, essays, parodies, and fables. it truly is an explosion of vocabulary, wealthy with comedian invention and darkish with infernal imagination.
Alexander Theroux restores phrases to existence, invents others, liberates a language too lengthy polluted by means of mutters and mumbles, anti-logic, and the inexact lunacies of the fashionable international the place the potential of verbal exchange itself is in query. An elegantly finished jailbreak from the normal, Darconville's Cat is over the top; humorous; uncompromising; a robust epic, popping out of a convention, but modern, of either the sacred and the profane.
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M. h o m e s atmosphere, hinting at the day to come. He sat in the back, with the windows down, his head into the breeze like a dog. The driver babbled like a bad bartender, talking about everything, anything, nothing. ” He didn’t answer; the last thing he wanted was a confes sional conversation with the cab driver. “Fine, keep it a secret, see if I care. Everyone thinks they’re entitled to keep it to themselves. What do they know? That’s how you get sick, really sick—ulcers, colitis, cancer. I tell people everything, what do I need to keep secrets for?