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a glorious comic novel - and a sequel,
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This review is from: Myra Breckinridge & Myron (Paperback)
One of the 1001 Books you must read before you die, but I was very uncertain what this would be like, to judge from the reviews and the cover.
In fact Myra is a glorious comic novel with throwbacks to earlier styles of writing - a journal written in episodes, with "tapes" dicated by Uncle Buck thrown in periodically - so in some ways like an epistolary novel. Myra is a great comic creation - and while it would be too much to describe this as a novel in which we willingly suspend disbelief - the fact that Myra operates accordingly to her own logic is critical - the whole narrative coheres as well as offering continual surprises.
Myron is a sequel - and if you like Myra, you will want to read this too. There are some jarring narrative discontinuities with the earlier work (the Myron of Myron is very different from the Myron of Myra, and Myra's feelings change too between the two novels, about Mary-Ann). And the work is, I suppose, more frankly post-modern, with much of it taking place both within a television set and in 1948 as well as in the (then) present. The appearance of Richard Nixon in person in one episode also jars. But this is more of Myra and both Myra and Myron Mark II hold the interest continuosly. And this one improves as it goes on, with a hilarious denoument.