I Am Elijah Thrush

I Am Elijah Thrush James Purdy S Controversial New Novel Is The Story Of Millicent De Frayne And Her Sensational Half Century Campaign To Win The Love Of Elijah Thrush Elijah, After Ruining The Lives Of Countless Men And Women, Is Finally In Love Incorrectly, If Not Indecently, With His Great Grandson, Bird Of Heaven In Order To Support An Unusual Habit, A Young Black Man Reluctantly Agrees To Tell Their Remarkable StoryJames Purdy Recounts This Comedy With A Delicately Controlled Balance Of Whimsy And Pathos, Of The Heroic And The Bizarre Outrageous, Yet Tender And Oddly Moving, The Book Reflects A Surprising New Facet Of Purdy S Remarkable Talent From The First Edition Dust Jacket

NY Times obituary He was an author of novels, short stories, poetry and plays His works were controversial and often panned by critics but received praise from authors such as Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal Purdy grew up in Ohio before moving to Chicago After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, the University of Chicago and the University of Madrid From 1949 to 1953 he taught at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis In 1960 he moved to New York City, where his literary career took off after meeting photographer Carl Van Vechten.Purdy was the recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1993 and was nominated for the 1985 PEN Faulkner Award for his novel

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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • I Am Elijah Thrush
  • James Purdy
  • English
  • 02 May 2019
  • 9780854490127

10 thoughts on “I Am Elijah Thrush

  1. says:

    This is Purdy in his early era New York social fantasy style It came out in the 70 s, and appears to be set in the 70 s or late 60 s, but is infused with the bric a brac and lexicon of a much earlier era, possibly the 20 s, which is appropriate because two of the main characters are close to one hundred years old, yet are strangely ageless the female lead maintaining her youth through the application of semen she extracts from a string of youths and firmly ensconced, through sheer fantastical will power, in another world and era The story is an elaborate fantasia involving a virile gay black man, a swishy but domineering actor, the above said female, and a mute golden child The book is short but is packed with many themes and messages, up to and including social satire, race, gender and sexual orientation, acting and various masks, and the cult of youth.

  2. says:

    The next cluster of reviews will be brief because I binged on three Purdy novels over a five day vacation, but I Am Elijah Thrush is ecstatically queer in a similar vein as Eustace Chisholm and the Works, but it exchanges some of the pointed bleakness with magical realism and comic picaresque Not to mention that it is shorter It s a highly avian and highly satirical take on the pursuit of love, about a journey versus its outcome, the collateral damage of cruelty when one takes on a myopic pursuit, the selfishness beneath certain conditions of sacrifice, and much, much It s funny, quirky, sweet, and Purdy has clearly demonstrated that he has a very broad yet very concentrated comic vision, as Susan Sontag once wrote about him, but I also think he has a very firm grasp on something I think is aptly described as bizarre than absurd The whole mechanism is so queered up that the playful suspension and retention of said suspension of disbelief is part of a larger, queer joy in his craft and in his story I love both Purdy s style and his technique Edmund White can say that he s allergic to James Purdy all he wants, but I will rep for Purdy over White any day Purdy has a singular imagination whereas White has a very polished craft Yet another delightfully queer book from Mr Purdy.

  3. says:

    A fascinating, original, and highly absurd work of art about the desperate pursuit of perfect love, which cannot be attained There are surprises within If you think you ve seen everything , seek out this treasure and be delighted.

  4. says:

    I am Elijah Thrush and I like this book.

  5. says:

    Another of my favorites I visited James Purdy in his Brooklyn Heights apartment several years before he died.

  6. says:

    This comedy has a weird logic of its own, like a freshly remembered dream in the waking moments of the morning.

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