The Very Man by Charles Boyle

Literature & Fiction | Poetry
The Very Man
Title:
The Very Man
Author:
Charles Boyle
ISBN:
0856359556
ISBN13:
978-0856359552
Size PDF:
1628 kb
Size epub:
1712 kb
Publisher:
Carcanet Press Ltd (April 1, 1993)
Language:
English
Other formats:
pdf, odf, mobi, cb7, azw, lit, ibooks
Rating:
4.2
Votes:
442

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As a street beggar (Tamerlaine?) in the opening poem warns, a life is no simple narrative with "a beginning, middle and end". "The Very Man", Charles Boyle's fourth Carcanet collection, is rich in unexpected digressions and conjunctions: Yuri Gagarin and a star of the silent screen, American films and the Eastern Bloc revolutions, D.H. Lawrence and deep-frozen fish, religion and a self-assembly bookshelves kit, Masai initiation rites and suburban adultery, 1812 and office afternoons. Here too are Stendhal in a Paris heat-wave, Muybridge murdering his wife's lover and other portrait sketches that, for all their clarity and cunning, often refuse to distinguish between real and invented lives.

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