By Mark Merlis
The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, for ever and ever, whilst an oracle offers the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they want is Pyrrhus, son of the fallen Achilles. yet Pyrrhus has been placing his godlike shape to ecocnomic use as a go-go dancer within the sizeable urban. Why may still he go away the social gathering, quit his hard-bought freedom, simply because a few voice in a jar says he needs to strap on a swimsuit of hand-me-down armor? nonetheless, he has continually recognized future had plans for him, a few extra glittering destiny than lifestyles as a used-up hustler on a park bench someplace. So he sails for Troy, hoping to remodel himself into the bronzed immortal background calls for. as an alternative, on an unscheduled detour, he stumbles via his first classes on find out how to be a man.
Magically mixing old headlines and glossy fantasy, Merlis creates a wonderful new international the place mythical heroes claim their endowments within the own advertisements and any panhandler simply should be a divinity in cover. Comical, relocating, startling in its audacity and variety, An Arrow’s Flight is a profound meditation on homosexual id, immediately strength, and human liberation.
-- Lambda Literary Award, homosexual Men’s Fiction, 1998
-- chosen by means of the Publishing Triangle as one of many a hundred top homosexual and lesbian novels of all time
A boldly conceived narrative of unusual artistry…Merlis’s perception into human nature and his skill to discover and articulate grace within the usual means of human trade is amazing. one of the books written approximately AIDS and the homosexual event, Merlis’s novel is a gorgeous standout. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Equal components Iliad and town of Night…Merlis transforms the gimmick right into a miraculously wacky, droll, and occasionally tragic tale. – Village Voice
Top-of-the-line homosexual fiction, compulsively readable and intensely, very attractive. – The Advocate
Dazzles with its originality, its willingness to take incredible dangers, its successful conjuration of an international right away sternly archaic and bracingly contemporary…This is a gorgeous, haunting paintings by way of considered one of America's best novelists. – Paul Russell
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An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis