Book Review Brunch:


In a boldly conceived narrative of uncommon artistry, the author of American Studies succeeds in making the implausible not only plausible but probable as he wryly juxtaposes contemporary icons and lingo with long-familiar schoolbook characters. Bringing to vivid life in the late 20th century figures from Greek mythology, Merlis tells the story of Achilles' gay 21-year-old son, Pyrrhus, and how he comes to embrace a destiny that takes him far beyond the urban gay ghetto--and the half-hearted ""job"" of dancing nude and hustling--that he's resigned himself to. One-quarter divine, Pyrrhus not only possesses extraordinary beauty and the world's most lustrous red hair, but his sense of himself is unflappable in the face of mere mortals whose truncated imaginations can't fathom gay love. Themes of destiny, the quest for personal truth, the nature of love and desire, even the very contemporary issue of gays in the military are explored in spectacularly imaginative style. In addition to his deft use of language and narrative technique, Merlis's insight into human nature--the nature of gay men in particular--and his ability to find and articulate grace in the ordinary process of human exchange is remarkable. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I was not able to make it due to the weather but I am looking forward to making the next meeting :)

    February 5, 2014

  • Lee

    Fine brunch with like-minded sociable group.

    January 25, 2014

  • Roy L

    Another enjoyable afternoon spent in great company!

    January 25, 2014

  • Kenneth

    great discussion with a smart friendly group

    January 25, 2014

  • Alan R.

    Hey Roy, really wanted to attend but got caught up in work and didn't even get through half of the book. Enjoy and hope to make it next time.

    January 24, 2014

  • Zuyi

    Sorry, I have class at that time. It's a fun read of a book.

    January 20, 2014

  • David L.

    So sorry. It turns out I have to go to a psychotherapy workshop that afternoon. Hope to see you all soon.

    David

    January 19, 2014

  • Tue

    Sorry, but it was another busy month, and once again, I find myself without enough time to finish the book. Call me insane, but I will try again next month.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone! I am really looking forward to meeting everyone for this Meetup and becoming a part of this Book Club!!!

    January 16, 2014

    • Roy L

      Welcome to the group Andrea! Im looking forward to meeting you at the book review. I hope you are enjoying the book. See you soon!

      January 16, 2014

  • Jay

    Hi Roy
    Just want to let you know i am really busy the next few meetings. Don't want you to think I lost interest in the group. I enjoy the group very much. Really can't wait to see what you have planned next!

    All the best and happy New Years to all.

    Jay

    January 12, 2014

  • Arturo

    Great fun. Look forward to meet

    January 12, 2014

    • Roy L

      Welcome to the group! I'm looking forward to meeting you!

      January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to attending :)

    January 9, 2014

  • Jay

    I am so disappointed that I cannot make it on Saturday the 25th.

    December 30, 2013

    • Roy L

      sorry you cant make it jay, but try to read the book anyway. its a fun, interesting read. we'll see you next month.

      December 31, 2013

  • David L.

    So we are meeting on a Saturday, not a Sunday? Is this correct?

    Thanks,
    David

    December 30, 2013

    • Roy L

      that's correct david

      December 31, 2013

  • Tue

    This book sounds really intriguing! (Great reviews on Amazon, too.) Can't wait!

    December 29, 2013

    • Roy L

      I started reading it last week. I'm loving it!

      December 30, 2013

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