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In a Shallow Grave A soldier named Garnet Montrose returns home to coastal Virginia bearing a grotesque injury which is nauseatingly repellent to anyone who sees him He hires two young male caretakers, Quintus Pearch and Potter Daventry, who look after his disability They also act as a go between with Garnet s childhood sweetheart, now the widow Georgina Rance, delivering her messages in a desperate attempt to restart their interrupted relationshipWith vivid Gothic imagery and drama, Purdy explores the varieties of love and the powerful transformations it can make in anyone s life Readers will not soon forget Garnet, Quintus, and Daventry for the genuine human love that they share and reject and how they discover their way in the world [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Quintus Pearch and Potter Daventry ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk who look after his disability They 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last few years, so I ve become a big fan of the stuff they publish, enough so that I ll buy a lot of their reprints sight unseen That was the case with In a Shallow Grave Unfortunately, not all of Valancourt s reprints are hits with me That was also the case with In a Shallow Grave.Most of my feelings about the novella, though, are due to my expectations I think I was expecting the book to be a literary horror novel, not a lit Valancourt has reissued a lot of old Gothic horror books over the last few years, so I ve become a big fan of the stuff they publish, enough so that I ll buy a lot of their reprints sight unseen That was the case with In a Shallow Grave Unfortunately, not all of Valancourt s reprints are hits with me That was also the case with In a Shallow Grave.Most of my feelings about the novella, though, are due to my expectations I think I was expecting the book to be a literary horror novel, not a literary novel with some supernatural overtones The story is essentially plotless, relying on the characters to carry the story, and there wasn t much in them to which I could relate The central characters are a Vietnam veteran who has suffered an injury that has turned him inside out I kept getting hung up on the impossibility of such a thing , a black man who serves as a caregiver for the veteran who in turn raises some racist feeling in the narrator , and another caregiver who shows up on the veteran s property one day and forms a friendship with him The three of them then spend the novella developing their relationships.The story seems to be the kind that begs examination and discussion, and due to its themes, I can see it being the subject of many English literature courses It just didn t do anything for me, again because I was looking for something a bit flashier, a bitentertaining I don t mind stories with literary ambitions, or that are unafraid to address complex themes, but I want it to be entertaining, as well I m muchinterested in books that have been blurbed by Adrian Tchaikovsky or N.K Jemisin than I am in those blurbed by Gore Vidal or Tennessee Williams Call it anti intellectual if you like, but it s the truth.Fortunate Musical Connection Shallow Grave by A Pale Horse Named Death First published in 1975, this is a masculine gothic romance unlike anything I ve read before Garnet, our leading man, is a war marred soldier who is so disfigured he frightens onlookers and requires the assistance of attractive men to rub circulation into his feet He s also obsessed with a now widowed woman who he had a crush on in high school Over time, however, Garnet develops an attraction to his assistants and this new romance plays out in bizarre, sometimes grotesque, ways.It s an in First published in 1975, this is a masculine gothic romance unlike anything I ve read before Garnet, our leading man, is a war marred soldier who is so disfigured he frightens onlookers and requires the assistance of attractive men to rub circulation into his feet He s also obsessed with a now widowed woman who he had a crush on in high school Over time, however, Garnet develops an attraction to his assistants and this new romance plays out in bizarre, sometimes grotesque, ways.It s an intriguing premise, and the intrigue easily keeps the pages turning It helps that Purdy was a marvelous writer who effortlessly breathes life into the tight cast of characters They all have deep desires, touches of backstory, and surprising secrets to reveal.Sometimes these big character arcs happen in only a few pages, leading to some confusion if you aren t hanging on every word A few times I was like Wait, didn t that guy just feel the complete opposite in the last chapter That being said, Purdy s prose makes it easy You WANT to hang on every word He handles the novella structure exceptionally well and I don t believe it would have been as strong had he significantly expanded it The vibe is reminiscent of Brideshead Revisited, but I thought Brideshead was overlong and could have benefited of aconcise style such as this.Overall, an impressive work that delivers numerous surprises, a side of human condition rarely explored, some juicy homoerotic moments, memorable characters, and gorgeous writing Also, it s something you could easily finish reading in a day Recommended Unsure whilst reading and now unsure coming out Purdy did his utmost to set me in a world which I can t place or at least I can t place the time His use of language with that mix of old southern boy and the current slips which leave me confused as to when I am It s surreal alright But at the same time amidst all this misty feel of not know exactly where, when and what s happening, the feelings, the emotional tags ring out.Well, our hero, Garnet has paid his price to society for being part of Unsure whilst reading and now unsure coming out Purdy did his utmost to set me in a world which I can t place or at least I can t place the time His use of language with that mix of old southern boy and the current slips which leave me confused as to when I am It s surreal alright But at the same time amidst all this misty feel of not know exactly where, when and what s happening, the feelings, the emotional tags ring out.Well, our hero, Garnet has paid his price to society for being part of it, by defending his country and the resulting consequences Does this mean that now he can take free breaths, live free, love without constraints, be seen, but isn t that lonely because to do so, he must forge a path all on his lonesome and doesn t society exact a price from all of us, Daventry too So was this a love story, a tragedy, comedy at it s darkest, tricky just like the story.It s like we are puppets pulled here and there, pulled by the flow just like good little puppets being good and sometimes we find ourselves in a strange position which we like, were we can breath and be seen even though to the outside we appear all lopsided and strange But then a slight shift again and we loose that position and for the life of us, we can t get that position back Do I know, really know, what I just read Probably not, but I m super happy I did Of course I m blaming this on Nick And by blame I mean, thank you The best way to experience this tale, and yes, it is an experience, is to inhale it in one go, let it subsume you, and float in James Purdy s mesmerizing language For extra effect, I also chose to read it out loud To my cat She was lulled to sleep The bones of the story are whatever the blurb says a soldier, Garnet Montrose, comes back horri Do I know, really know, what I just read Probably not, but I m super happy I did Of course I m blaming this on Nick And by blame I mean, thank you The best way to experience this tale, and yes, it is an experience, is to inhale it in one go, let it subsume you, and float in James Purdy s mesmerizing language For extra effect, I also chose to read it out loud To my cat She was lulled to sleep The bones of the story are whatever the blurb says a soldier, Garnet Montrose, comes back horribly disfigured from the war in Vietnam, and, due to his physical ailments and ghastly appearance, decides to hire a man his aspect is too horrifying for a woman to tend to his needs and deliver love notes to a local widow The applicants who end up taking the job don t exactly come through the regular channels, or are what Garnet expected One is Quintus Powell, an 18 y.o who comes to offer some goats that his momma no longer wants, and Potter Daventry, who just materializes, one day, in the forrest surrounding Garnet s house The two split the work of caring for Garnet s physical and metaphysical needs, grounding him in the here and now, while releasing his mind.To say anywould be a crime and tell you nothing of what this is about In spite of the very specific time setting, this is a tale that could be taking place in the 1800 s It very much had that southern gothic Faulkner or O Connor feel, where The past is never dead It s not even past That unresolved or unhealed wound that was the Civil War, is barely scabbed over There is a decidedly queer twist, and there is love between the men in the story, each of a different stripe, but this is definitely not a love story Or maybe it is To me, it was a tale of identity, transformation, and becoming At one point Garnet, who narrates the story, is talking about the nicknames he had in the army, and then says But now I am home I want only my own names used, but actually nobody calls me anything because nobody can see me to call me, you might say I amvague than the fog, and not even it seems to me as palpable as night To be seen To be known

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