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In a Shallow Grave A soldier named Garnet Montrose returns home to coastal Virginia bearing a grotesue injury which is nauseatingly repellent to anyone who sees him He hires two young male caretakers uintus 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 uintus and Daventry for the genuine human love that they share—and reject—and how they discover their way in the world This is a novel that demands discussion There is so much going on so much symbolism I certainly have not figured everything out It's a psychological drama about life and death love beauty Read it 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 reuires 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 grotesue waysIt'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 revealSometimes 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 a concise style such as thisOverall 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 outWell our hero Garnet has paid his price to society for being part of it by 'defending' his country and the resulting conseuences Does this mean that now he can take free breaths live free love without constraints be seen? But wouldn't doing so be lonely it would mean he must forge a path all on his lonesome? 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 storyIt'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 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 uintus Powell an 18 yo 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 mindTo say any would 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 ueer 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 am vague than the fog and not even it seems to me as palpable as night To be seen To be known

  • Paperback
  • 140 pages
  • In a Shallow Grave
  • James Purdy
  • English
  • 18 November 2015
  • 9780872862340

About the Author: James Purdy

NY Times obituary He was an author of novels short stories poetry and plays His works were controversial and often panned by critics but received praise from authors such as Edward Albee Lillian Hellman Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal Purdy grew up in Ohio before moving to Chicago After serving in the Army he attended the University of Puebla in Puebla Mexico the University of Chicago and the University of Madrid From 1949 to 1953 he taught at Lawrence College in Appleton Wis In 1960 he moved to New York City where his literary career took off after meeting photographer Carl Van VechtenPurdy was the recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1993 and was nominated for the 1985 PENFaulkner Award for his novel


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