"Rich, evocative, highly original piece of fiction. It gilds contemporary American literature with real, not synthetic, gold."—Anthony Burgess"Need I insist that the only enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy? That anything less than sexual multiplicity . . . is naive? That our sexual selves are merely idylers in a vast wood?" Thus the central theme of John Hawkes's widely acclaimed novel The Blood Oranges is boldly asserted by its narrator, Cyril, the archetypal multisexualist. Likening himself to a white bull on Love's tapestry, he pursues his romantic vision in a primitive Mediterranean landscape. There two couples—Cyril and Fiona, Hugh and Catherine—mingle their loves in an "lllyria" that brings to mind the equally timeless countryside of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
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It is another one of our murmurous nonsequential afternoons in Ilyria"" — murmurous beneath the cypresses or the fig trees or close to the ""throbbing seaweed."" In Ilyria, pagan, mythic, Mediterranean Ilyria, Cyril, the ""white bull,"" or the ""sex aesthetician"" commemorates his middle-ag...Sep 15 1971 | Read Full Review of The Blood Oranges: A Novel
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