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The award winning An Arrow's Flight tells the story of the Trojan War and Pyrrhus the son of the fallen Achilles now working as a go go boy and hustler in the big city Mag. There are good novels and there are really good novels then there are a transcendent few that should be read by everyone Too often these stories are not only not read by those cognizant of the very best stories gay literature has to offer they aren t even known about This is one of those novels I stumbled across the author and his novel while Googling something like The Top Ten Best Gay Novels Ever Written Fortunately I came across this site I had read four of the ten novels listed and alternate novels by a couple of the other listed authors Hooray for me Something about the short description Ed Sikov gave Mark Merlis An Arrow s Flight caught my eye before I went out and bought Gods and Monsters because Brendan Fraser was hot in the movie or Hollinghurst s The Line of Beauty although I had seen the tv adaption which I thought it was interesting but so British ie really slow moving with no good sex scenes Since the four novels I had read were topped by my favorite all time I ll love it until I die novel Dancer From the Dance I figured that Sikov might know what he was talking aboutOh sweet Jesus did he know what he was talking aboutThose of you who have lasted through this lengthy harangue will be eually thrilled to learn that this hilariously funny AU retelling of Sophocles Philoctetes is a allegory for the AIDS crisis circa the 1980sAnyone still reading this critiueOn the Goodreads star scale this novel rates a 390 There are a lot of dumb readers who contribute to the big Goodreads site You want to know the top whinge about the book after saying how witty well written and funny the first three uarters of it is The last uarter is sad Boo fucking hoo Rhett left Scarlett Marie Antoinette lost her head and Sherlock Holmes went over the Reichenbach Falls Life can be a bitch DealThe story if anyone still cares is that Pyrrhus aka Neoptolemus for some unknown reason is the son of demi god Achilles yes that Achillesthe one with Patroclus attached to his hip and minor princess Deidameia of Scyros He is therefore a uarter demi god and gay hustler doing a Magic Mike like routine at a gay bar in a large unnamed town on the outskirts of Troy sigh Yes that Troy Although the Trojan War has been raging for ten years it has been prophesied that Pyrrhus will end the war in the Greek s favor by breaching the walls of Troy and killing King Priam The novel s conceit is that despite the Greeks and Trojans going at it and getting nowhere fast the time frame is a circa late 1970 s AU ish New York Wrap your minds around thatIn order to bring triumph to the Greek Army glory upon his somewhat soiled self and revenge on a father who always thought he was a pussy Pyrrhus must hustle in the sexiest possible way Hercules bow which is currently in the possession of one Philoctetes Phil is a warrior abandoned by Odysseus on the Fire Island ish Island of Lemnos because he was bitten on the ankle by a snake and the bite won t heal at least never permanently Get the AIDS referenceAfter a night of sexless but real love with Philoctetes Pyrrhus still hasn t laid his hands on the bow but now knows where it is stashed The ins and outs of politics around the stricken Philoctetes and whether he needs to be carried to Troy along with the bow provides the central motif of the storyAll of this is a helluva lot funnier than it sounds and if you think being a gay uarter demi god is a piece of cake this just might disabuse you of that idea The scene of Hercules trying to self immolate himself into the heights of Mount Olympus is worth the price of admission aloneWhy Merlis chose to set his story in this Alternate Universe is beyond my poor powers to add or detract I can only say that as I came to the end of the novel I actually was really depressed the story wasn t longerOh and just to screw with the reader and his or her expectations view spoilerMerlis has the Greeks ignominiously lose the Trojan War so all their conniving was in vain hide spoiler Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia now working as a go go boy and hustler in the big city Mag. 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An Arrow's Flight

Ically blending ancient headlines and modern myth Merlis creates a fabulous new world where legendary heroes declare their endowments in personal ads and any panhandler ma. Mark Merlis An Arrow s Flight is a really interesting read The narrative is built on the intriguing placement of the last years of the Trojan war in modern day and basing the convoluted plot line on the proposition that Pyrrhus son of Achilles is a young gay man working as a hustler in the CityAlthough this is clearly a novel written in the first decade of the 21st century all through An Arrow s Flight I kept thinking of the trailblazing gay novels of the 1980s Andrew Holleran s Dancer from the Dance and the splenetic Larry Kramer s Faggots both of which I read as a young man caught up in the nightmare of the evolving AIDS crisis The re imagination of the story of Pyrrhus and Philoctetes as a metaphor avatar of AIDS and its devastation of Gay America is sort of brilliant and Merlis unblinking sharp edged tweaking of classical narrative is at times chillingMerlis writing is wry and detached and while I know it s entirely intentional I found it disconcerting that I could never attach to Pyrrhus the ethereally beautiful redhead who wanders fecklessly through his life toward what might be his Fate It is hard for me to love a book when I can t love the characters and Merlis perversely doesn t seem to want us to love the characters again reminding me of Halloran and Kramer s books Pyrrhus is not bad not evil Bereft of any kind of real familial love Achilles would win no parenting prizes and Deidamea his mother is no June Cleaver it is no wonder he treats everyone he knows with amiable selfishness shunning any sort of emotional connection in favor of cashing in on his beauty in an urban gay world where beauty is the chief currencyThe plot thickens when Phoenix Achilles eunuch valet arrives in the City to enlist Pyrrhus into the Greek army there it seems to fulfill his destiny It is from this moment that Pyrrhus begins to develop complexity as the epic childishness of the gods and the patent absurdity of the entire Trojan conflict are gradually picked apart We never see a battle nothing epic happens But in the second half of the novel Pyrrhus surprises both the reader and himselfI never found an emotional core to the book until the end where a surprisingly emotional payoff written with a calculated lack of emotion it s not as if Merlis s style changes just my reaction to the narrative suddenly throws the rest of the book into context in a way that took me slightly by surprise This is about as unromantic a book as I ve read in a long time and yet I found at last that my heart was finally touched by these unfortunate antiue figures dressed in modern gay costume Having felt skeptical and mildly irritated throughout most of the book I finally capitulated at the finale and let myself be manipulated as if the gods themselves were pulling the strings

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Y be a divinity in disguise Comical moving startling in its audacity and range An Arrow's Flight is a profound meditation on gay identity straight power and human liberati. This book This book What can I tell you about the story of this book I ll tell you this I started it and immediately within the first few pages felt annoyed by it It wasn t uite what I expected It tells a story of a young man during the Trojan War except the characters all seem to have been transported to New York during the late 1970svery early 1980s For some reason I just didn t get it While I waited for my next book to be ready for pickup at the San Francisco Public Library I read a few chapters That s it I was gripped from then on I found the writing to be superior I found myself wishing to be an armful intelligent because I believe I barely caught some metaphors and philosophy This usually means I ve missed Damn Still I was impressed at the story the plot the characters and the writing was beautifully elouent It s worth mentioning that there is plenty of nudity you may need to close your eyes while reading some parts gay sex and hilarious dialog Good luck and would love to hear what you think if you read this book If you ve ever been to a gay bar from once to every night you ll find something of interest in this perspective


10 thoughts on “An Arrow's Flight

  1. says:

    I loved this book but I'm not really sure who I'd recommend it to Having some kind of knowledge or passion for Greek mythology seems reuisite going in I can't imagine getting much enjoyment out of this if you aren't familiar with the original stories that Merlis is adapting and expounding on and subverting but this is not your run of the m

  2. says:

    There are good novels and there are really good novels; then there are a transcendent few that should be read by everyone Too often these stories are not only not read by those cognizant of the very best stories gay literat

  3. says:

    This was one of the best re tellings I've ever read Pyrrhus the son of now dead Achilles is about to face up to his destiny That said he's be

  4. says:

    Mark Merlis' An Arrow's Flight is a really interesting read The narrative is built on the intriguing placement of the last years of the Trojan war in modern day and basing the convoluted plot line on the proposition that Pyr

  5. says:

    Some may think it a little too clever for its own good but I like this book a lot How can you not like a novel

  6. says:

    Man that was awesome Loved it

  7. says:

    AN ARROW’S FLIGHT 1998 a novel by Mark Merils is brilliant and irreverent It disrespects conventional writing storytelling and history — and the author I think had great fun in doing so It is an existential inuiry about the human condition hidden within Greek Mythology and Gay Identity I read it not as a story about

  8. says:

    Blending Greek myth and contemporary gay life Merlis fully explores the uestions of life and lust desire and destiny thro

  9. says:

    This book This book What can I tell you about the story of this book? I'll tell you this I started it and immediately within the first few pages felt annoyed by it It wasn't uite what I expected It tells a story

  10. says:

    It's the Trojan War updated as a reflection on gay issues The concept of Achilles' son Pyrrhus working as a dancerhustler is a good one but overall I didn't like this book When push comes to shove I'd rather read Sophocles

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