By Alexander Theroux
Alaric Darconville is a tender professor at a southern woman's university. He falls in love with certainly one of his scholars, is abandoned, and the implications are virtually past the telling. yet now not really. This novel is an unbelievable wire-walking exhibition of wit, wisdom, and linguistic mastery.
Darconville's Cat is a unique approximately love and hate. between different issues, it offers with soft tensions among lifestyles and paintings, the perfect and the genuine, God and devil, and, mainly, with the crises and conflicts among guy and lady, the tragic implications of which achieve all of the as far back as the Primal Fall.
Its chapters include a multiplicity of narrative varieties, together with a diary, a proper oration, an abecedarium, a sermon, a litany, a blank-verse play, poems, essays, parodies, and fables. it truly is an explosion of vocabulary, wealthy with comedian invention and darkish with infernal imagination.
Alexander Theroux restores phrases to existence, invents others, liberates a language too lengthy polluted through mutters and mumbles, anti-logic, and the inexact lunacies of the trendy global the place the potential for conversation itself is in query. An elegantly carried out jailbreak from the normal, Darconville's Cat is over the top; humorous; uncompromising; a robust epic, popping out of a practice, but modern, of either the sacred and the profane.
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