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Book review and technical detail THE GEOGRAPHICAL CURE ~ Michael Parker

Technical detail of THE GEOGRAPHICAL CURE ~
author Michael Parker
ISBN 116831
Language English
Category Fiction & Literature
Publisher Charles Scribner's Sons / Maxwell Macmillan
Pages 287
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

 Cartography is both cure and anathema in Parker's additional book (after Hello Down There, 1993), a accumulating of abbreviate fiction set in the avant-garde South. His protagonists charge generally attempt with the burdens of the accomplished as they are tempted by spontaneity, danger, and wanderlust. Their architect follows anniversary account to its able length--some are novellas, others stories--attending additionally to the different choir of his narrators, who ambit from an innocent boy taken forth on a agrarian ride to a septuagenarian of some arcane pretensions. The latter, in ``As Told To,'' is account his earlier brother's account of apple traveling for the State Department, which brings to the apparent added than 50 years of backbiting and resentment. Parker eschews Faulknerian Sturm und Drang about the agonies of activity beneath the Mason-Dixon line, but he is acute to his mostly common characters' ambiguity about blockage in the South, as back a North Carolinian ponders what ability accept happened if he had catholic the apple instead of acceptable a bond bondservant in ``Commit to Memory.'' He additionally explores the South's acceptation through the eyes of outsiders. In the accomplished adventure ``The Little Marine,'' a boy copes with his mother's crazy affairs afterwards she leaves his ancestor and joins her lover on a adventure south. A continued novella, ``Golden Hour,'' blithely portrays a affray of races, classes, and cultures through the adventure of aberrant battle amid a above ``beach music'' legend, a backward '60s abolitionist from California, a adamant do- acceptable abecedary from Ohio, and a well-meaning vo-tech administrator. Personal affections absolute of cartography are advised as well: A afflicted jailbait finds a affiliated spirit in ``Cursive''; fierce, barren affection for his ex-wife compels the narrator of ``Love Wild'' into an ailing accord with her appropriate brother. Honest, adroit book altogether matches these stories' faculty of abode and past.

The author of Hello Down There presents a half-dozen short fictions based in the American South, investigating the themes of family, isolation, and redemption.

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