- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (22 April 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349103658
- ISBN-13: 978-0349103655
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 3 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Myra Breckinridge & Myron Paperback – 22 Apr 1993
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Falling somewhere between the realms of Henry Adams and all of Monty Python, Gore Vidal has for many years served as America's own Tiesias - a seer and scourge, as well as an entertainer of the highest order. (Jay McInerney)
About the Author
Gore Vidal wrote his first novel, Williwaw at the age of nineteen while overseas in World War II. Since then he has written plays, short stories, essays, films and television scripts and has been a Democratic activist.
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Firstly I have to say that this was readable, which was a huge plus. It was well written and at times I found it very witty. The blurb sells it as laugh out loud funny, but not for me. I think, had I read it at the time of publication I may have found it funnier. It was quite dated. It reminded me at times of Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. It has that kind of spirit to it.
Secondly, it was short, which given that most books to read before you die weigh in as enormous tomes of hundreds of pages of worthy fiction, was a huge plus for me. The plot was pithy and taut and the author got on with it.
Thirdly it was quite interesting. Myra was an unusual character with an interesting view of the world. I don't want to go into the plot too much as unravelling what is happening is part of the enjoyment of reading it, and finding out Myra's foibles is part of the pleasure of the book. I liked the contrasting narratives and thought they worked very well.
Overall it was reasonably enjoyable. It hasn't put me off trying more Vidal, and it didn't feel unwieldy or unreadable. The subject wearied me after a while, but on balance it worked.
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