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Book Information: Thirsty Evil, a

Thirsty Evil, a (1956) [Collection]
by Gore Vidal Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Gore Vidal's only collection of short stories, first published in 1956, perfectly demonstrate his unequalled ability to alternate and explore different literary styles.

From the poignant realization as an adult of the cruel brutality of childhood in "The Robin", man then comes face to face with himself as a boy in "A Moment of Green Laurel": both stories combining the nostalgia and fear that haunt us all in old age. Meanwhile, in "Erlinda and Mr. Coffin", Southern etiquette is unashamedly turned upside down in a tale of amateur theatricals reminiscent of Dickens and Victorian melodrama.

Yet it is in "Three Stratagems", "The Zenner Trophy", "Pages from an Abandoned Journal" and "The Ladies in the Library" (with more than a hint of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice in the latter) that we see Vidal as we know him best: cynical and provocative in these subtle tales of what was known in those days as "sexual inversion".

Original title: A Thirsty Evil
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionGay & LesbianGay Male

The following works are contained within this one:
     Robin, the (1948) [Short Story]
      Author: Gore Vidal
     Moment of Green Laurel, a (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: Gore Vidal
     Three Stratagems (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: Gore Vidal
     Ladies in the Library, the (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: Gore Vidal
     Zenner Trophy, the (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: Gore Vidal
     Erlinda and Mr. Coffin (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Gore Vidal
     Pages from an Abandoned Journal (1956) [Short Story]
      Author: Gore Vidal

Edition #1: Thirsty Evil, a

Thirsty Evil, a (1956)
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Language: English

  • "Gore Vidal has a sharp eye for experience; failing which, to me, no amount of "style" is worth the trouble. Not that he writes in any strict realistic category, his seven sophisticated pieces are mainly concerned with the baffling quality of various types of encounter: a man meets his boyhood self; an enamored beachcomber finds himself entertaining an epileptic youth; a refined landlady innocently harbors something unrefined; a sixth-former reveals to a master, during a brief interview, a whole unsuspected world of being. And all in a very few words. It is all delightfully achieved by suggestion and implication." Muriel Spark, The Observer, 1958
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Thirsty Evil, a (1956)

ISBN: 0223988815

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