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Myra Breckinridge/Myron (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1997
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On the basis of its tone alone, 'Myra Breckinridge' may be difficult for many readers to read comfortably, which was doubtlessly Vidal's intention. Told in first person through a series of journal entries, Myra's often hilarious commentary is a litany of keen perception, self-hatred, sniping mania, arrogant sarcasm, brittle irony, continuous domineering combativeness, and camp-laden neurosis.
Cultural critic Camille Paglia has championed the novel, and as critic Reed Woodhouse has suggested, Myra's voice is often comparable to Paglia at her acerbic, devil-may-care, 'the truth must out' best. As Paglia would also begin to do with the publication of 'Sexual Personae' in 1991, 'Myra Breckinridge' is additionally a scathing attack on the then-untouchable decorous High WASP values and social mores of the first half of the Twentieth Century.Read more ›
This is a darkly comic book with one of the most intriguing of characters in Myra Breckinridge. She is self-confidant (perhaps overly so), knows how to control and manipulate both men and women to fulfill her wishes, and determined not to let anything stop her. She is ready to change the world to suit her. In other words, a force to be reckoned with. I also liked that she patterned herself after movie heroines and relates to people as though they were characters in a movie, shown for her benefit.
The novel itself is written as a series of diary entries, written by Myra as events happen. This gives an immediacy to the story and makes the reader feel as though he/she is a part of the action. The twist in the story is definitely a shocking one; I admit that it threw me for a loop. I can only imagine its impact when the book was published in 1968 with the sexual revolution just underway. An incredible book.
MYRON: This sequel to "Myra Breckinridge" follows poor Myron as he battles against Myra, only this time they've somehow become stuck in the 1948 movie "Siren of Babylon." It's a strange world, the Hollywood of 1948, and Myron tries frantically to return to 1973 and his beloved Richard M.Read more ›
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What a trip to read about the late forties and the seventies in 2015! I love it that Myra in the 70s hates the use of "like"--and teens are still using it today. E.g. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne Shaver
In the days when the world knew little of transsexual persons, and headlines of Christine Jorgenson, and Dr. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fyrecurl
I have to admit I consulted the internet after finishing this novel because I was not sure what to think, not knowing anything of Vidal or the reception of Myra. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Nathan White
Myra Breckenridge is one of the greatest erotic comedies ever written. It's one of the greatest satires of Hollywood ever written. It's one of the greatest novels ever written. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Robert Szeles
Once again out of print, "Myra Breckinridge" is a novel of its time, a post-Lolita send-up of Sixties sexual mores and American hang-ups, with a Swiftian prose meant to shatter the... Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by D. Cloyce Smith
I don't like to know too much about a story before i start reading it. This was the case with this book. Read morePublished on November 20, 2005 by Manola Sommerfeld
The incomparable Gore Vidal wrote this book in the middle of the sexual revolution of the late sixties. Read morePublished on April 30, 2004 by The Awakening
After reading Myra Breckinridge I couldn't look at my passions with the same sort of satisfaction after being infused by Vidal's challenge to established normalcy. Read morePublished on May 18, 2003 by Laura Marie