By Mark Merlis
The siege of Troy has dragged on for ten years, for ever and ever, whilst an oracle provides the Greeks with the recipe for victory. All they wish 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 giant urban. Why may still he go away the celebration, surrender 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 regularly 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 rework himself into the bronzed immortal heritage calls for. as an alternative, on an unscheduled detour, he stumbles via his first classes on the best way to be a man.
Magically mixing old headlines and glossy delusion, Merlis creates a superb new international the place mythical heroes claim their endowments within the own advertisements and any panhandler simply may be a divinity in hide. Comical, relocating, startling in its audacity and diversity, An Arrow’s Flight is a profound meditation on homosexual id, directly energy, and human liberation.
-- Lambda Literary Award, homosexual Men’s Fiction, 1998
-- chosen by means of the Publishing Triangle as one of many a hundred most sensible 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 strategy of human trade is outstanding. one of the books written approximately AIDS and the homosexual adventure, 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 extremely, very horny. – The Advocate
Dazzles with its originality, its willingness to take outstanding hazards, its successful conjuration of an international instantly sternly archaic and bracingly contemporary…This is a gorgeous, haunting paintings by way of considered one of America's most interesting novelists. – Paul Russell
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An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis