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Book Title: Narrow Rooms|
The author of the book: James Purdy
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780786716692
The size of the: 9.14 MB
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: August 18th 2005
Read full description of the books Narrow Rooms:A powerful story of love turned round, of passion and fierce discovery, of lives illuminated by flickering violence.
As Purdy spins the story of the extraordinary symbiotic relationship between four boys in a remote West Virginia mountain town, led by the seemingly hypnotic power of the one known as "the renderer," the prose itself is rendered by Purdy into spare, ecstatic brilliance, and Narrow Rooms takes on the resonance of any time, any place, of haunted myth, of a tale of horror told in the darkness by generations, and never, never to be forgotten...
—From the first-edition dust jacket.
Read information about the authorJames Otis Purdy's "dark, often savagely comic fiction evoked a psychic American landscape of deluded innocence, sexual obsession, violence and isolation." (On Glory's Course (1984). In addition, he won two Guggenheim Fellowships (1958 and 1962), and grants from the Ford Foundation (1961), and Rockefeller Foundation.
Purdy's first novel, Malcolm (1959), is a bizarre, comic novel of the picaresque, presenting the strange experiences of a 15‐year‐old boy as in his search for his lost father he wanders through a world of depravity. It was dramatized (1965) by Albee. The Nephew (1960), his second novel, tells of the revelations following the death in war of the nephew of a doting spinster, a retired schoolteacher, in a small Midwest town, who decides to write a memorial booklet. She thereby learns more than she wants to about him and about life as she discovers he was a homosexual. Cabot Wright Begins (1964), a satirical novel on the American scene, presents a compulsive but mild‐mannered rapist who is himself “raped” by editors and publishers wanting to create a best seller out of his experiences. Eustace Chisholm and the Works (1967) treats loving relations as well as destructive encounters between homosexuals. I Am Elijah Thrush (1972) presents a story of even more complex relations among men of different ages, backgrounds, and natures. In a Shallow Grave (1975) is about a hideously disfigured veteran trying to return to his childhood sweetheart, a different instance of alienation. "Sleepers in Moon‐Crowned Valleys" is a trilogy composed of Jeremy's Version (1970), The House of the Solitary Maggot (1974), and Mourners Below (1981), about the strained, bizarre relations of a Midwest family. Narrow Rooms (1978) is a novel about homosexual passions, and On Glory's Course (1984) treats the lives and often odd loves of a town of Midwesterners in the 1930s. His next novel, In the Hollow of His Hand (1986), treats the generally unhappy adventures of the son of a Midwestern Indian and his illegal mother, a society lady. Garments the Living Wear (1989), a shorter tale, presents characters caught in the general corruption of New York City. Out with the Stars (1994) evokes scenes of the gay community in New York City in the last moments before AIDS and Stonewall, in terms half nostalgic, half satiric. The Color of Darkness (1957) collects stories and a novella, which Purdy and a collaborator adapted for the stage (1963). Children Is All (1962) also collects stories and two plays, and further plays appear in A Day After the Fair (1977) along with poems. The Running Sun (1971) and Sunshine Is an Only Child (1973) are volumes of poetry; The Candles of Your Eyes (1987) collects stories.
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