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Free download An Arrow's Flight 107 The award winning An Arrow's Flight tells the story of the Trojan War and Pyrrhus the son of the fallen Achilles now working as a go go boy and hustler in the big city Mag. I loved this book but I m not really sure who I d recommend it to Having some kind of knowledge or passion for Greek mythology seems reuisite going in I can t imagine getting much enjoyment out of this if you aren t familiar with the original stories that Merlis is adapting and expounding on and subverting but this is not your run of the mill Homeric retellingYou start the novel with Pyrrhus son of Achilles and you think you re going to Troy That s how the story goes anyway Achilles dies Pyrrhus takes his place as leader of the Myrmidons and with the bow of Philoctetes Pyrrhus takes Troy Mark Merlis has other plansWhat starts as a granted wildly unconventional retelling of the tale of Pyrrhus uickly morphs into something bigger via a detour to Sophocoles Philoctetes an allegorical commentary on the AIDS crisis in 1980s America And it s just weird enough that it works beautifully This is a uietly powerful and unsettling story that starts with the Trojan War and ends up having a lot to say about fate and free will and gay identityWe re held at arm s length from our anti hero Pyrrhus for the majority of this story Self centered lazy and apathetic Pyrrhus is ostensibly difficult to root for And yet He gets under your skin as do all of Merlis s characters In that way this isn t necessarily an easy book to love It s deliberately provocative and graphic and it shows an ugliness to human nature that isn t easy to stare in the face But it s an even stronger achievement for that I think Merlis is able to take this dark and cynical story and infuse it with just enough hope and romance that you re compelled to see it through to the end with beautiful payoff once you doMerlis s prose is witty droll and surprisingly incisive It ranges from mildly amusing to positively breathtaking There were so many lines I had to stop and reread just to take in the full effect Passages like this Did they just not believe it the Trojans Or did they believe it the way you believe you re going to die With certainty and utter incredulity so perfectly balanced that they fight to a draw leaving the ignorant animal in you free to get out of bed in the morning And this The most terrifying thing that could happen to anyone to have to stand there and hear from someone who knew everything the worst you ve ever thought about yourself If you re looking for a modern but slightly straightforward Greek mythology retelling try The Song of Achilles or Ransom or Alcestis or Bright Air Black If you re looking for a powerful gay epic that touches on the AIDS crisis try Angels in America or The Heart s Invisible Furies or Tell the Wolves I m Home If your interests are niche enough that you re looking for a combination boy do I have some great news for you about An Arrow s Flight

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Free download An Arrow's Flight 107 Ically blending ancient headlines and modern myth Merlis creates a fabulous new world where legendary heroes declare their endowments in personal ads and any panhandler ma. Mark Merlis An Arrow s Flight is a really interesting read The narrative is built on the intriguing placement of the last years of the Trojan war in modern day and basing the convoluted plot line on the proposition that Pyrrhus son of Achilles is a young gay man working as a hustler in the CityAlthough this is clearly a novel written in the first decade of the 21st century all through An Arrow s Flight I kept thinking of the trailblazing gay novels of the 1980s Andrew Holleran s Dancer from the Dance and the splenetic Larry Kramer s Faggots both of which I read as a young man caught up in the nightmare of the evolving AIDS crisis The re imagination of the story of Pyrrhus and Philoctetes as a metaphor avatar of AIDS and its devastation of Gay America is sort of brilliant and Merlis unblinking sharp edged tweaking of classical narrative is at times chillingMerlis writing is wry and detached and while I know it s entirely intentional I found it disconcerting that I could never attach to Pyrrhus the ethereally beautiful redhead who wanders fecklessly through his life toward what might be his Fate It is hard for me to love a book when I can t love the characters and Merlis perversely doesn t seem to want us to love the characters again reminding me of Halloran and Kramer s books Pyrrhus is not bad not evil Bereft of any kind of real familial love Achilles would win no parenting prizes and Deidamea his mother is no June Cleaver it is no wonder he treats everyone he knows with amiable selfishness shunning any sort of emotional connection in favor of cashing in on his beauty in an urban gay world where beauty is the chief currencyThe plot thickens when Phoenix Achilles eunuch valet arrives in the City to enlist Pyrrhus into the Greek army there it seems to fulfill his destiny It is from this moment that Pyrrhus begins to develop complexity as the epic childishness of the gods and the patent absurdity of the entire Trojan conflict are gradually picked apart We never see a battle nothing epic happens But in the second half of the novel Pyrrhus surprises both the reader and himselfI never found an emotional core to the book until the end where a surprisingly emotional payoff written with a calculated lack of emotion it s not as if Merlis s style changes just my reaction to the narrative suddenly throws the rest of the book into context in a way that took me slightly by surprise This is about as unromantic a book as I ve read in a long time and yet I found at last that my heart was finally touched by these unfortunate antiue figures dressed in modern gay costume Having felt skeptical and mildly irritated throughout most of the book I finally capitulated at the finale and let myself be manipulated as if the gods themselves were pulling the strings

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Free download An Arrow's Flight 107 Y be a divinity in disguise Comical moving startling in its audacity and range An Arrow's Flight is a profound meditation on gay identity straight power and human liberati. AN ARROW S FLIGHT 1998 a novel by Mark Merils is brilliant and irreverent It disrespects conventional writing storytelling and history and the author I think had great fun in doing so It is an existential inuiry about the human condition hidden within Greek Mythology and Gay Identity I read it not as a story about the Trojan War or the difficulties of being Gay in a warrior dominated world but as a universal story about love sex lying subterfuge and the ultimate uestion Who am I And then there is the uestion of destiny Are we just fooling ourselves with the idea of choiceThe anti hero is Pyrrhus son of the great Achilles who just happens to be gay a stripper and a hustler who will fuck anyone but then has one night of authentic love sans sex which impels him to try and thwart destiny and the gods Hmmm In a sense it is everyman s or woman s story I don t have a clue as to why Merils chose to tell the story this way versus being straightforward Maybe he thought it would get a wider audience if he used subterfuge himself Maybe he didn t even know what he was doing like Pyrrhus a callous defended whore who bungles into lovePerhaps the title is a clue as to motivation An arrow s flight refers to that fact once let loose an arrow is spent it cannot change direction or go any farther than it can And those warriors it is aimed at for it is a weapon of war know this and will take a stand just out of range until one man steps forward pg272 and the battle ensues As the author states sooner or later you have to give it up BRILLIANT Five stars

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  • An Arrow's Flight
  • Mark Merlis
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  • 06 March 2019
  • 9781857026870