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On Glory's Course (Contemporary American Fiction) Paperback – February 5, 1985


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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction
  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (February 5, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140076298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140076295
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,475,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Premingerian on August 28, 2009
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The novels of James Purdy are clearly an acquired taste, and few bother to acquire it. There is a very strange aura around all Purdy's books, written in the latter part of the 20th century, and with a view from it, but often (as here) set in earlier periods (here 1930). Alcohol (forbidden at this period) and sex (forbidden as a subject in polite society) serve similar functions, and have similar weight in the characters' lives. But so, too, do such things as "the chair she just had re-upholstered at great cost." Indeed, we are constantly reminded of the value of things to people, and wonder, sometimes, if they are not mere distractions from looking one's fellow man in the eye. Purdy is a moralist with a unique, personal morality. He is also, at times, screamingly funny. This is among the richest of his books.
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