sweet piece is Silvanus Slaughters much-discussed, erotic, expertly crafted, jaw-clenching, compulsively readable historical Southern love story thats catching America and the status quo by surprise night after sleepless night across the country. It is
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Silvanus Slaughter's addictive and beguiling tale of enduring love, "sweet piece", heralds the arrival of post-modern Southern Gothic. Slaughter - a native Southerner - peppers his Byzantine tale with hefty doses of eroticism that cross the sexual spectrum, ribald comedy, and bursts of poetic tenderness, all of which seem strategically placed to seduce the reader into tackling the astringent theology and psychology at the novel's core. Additionally, the colorful parade of characters - all masters of the Dixie-bred indirect aside - brim with a sardonic authenticity peculiar to the best southern novels, but a new sensibility is at work here: borne of the same soil, tongue-in-cheek but deadly serious, tweaking the genre while caressing it, and more subversive than ever.From the Author:
"sweet piece" was written in a fever dream over the course of one-hundred evenings. Editing altered very little of its first draft. The novel is an 'emotional memory' of my childhood in the South on the eve of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and I have tried to capture some of the loveliness that survived the despair, economic depression, racism, and the frightful Southern Baptist invective of that time which left almost everyone feeling condemned and guilt-ridden from birth.
At its core, "sweet piece" is an homage to the song "Volare (Nel Blu di Pintro di Blu)", a lovely tune of the time popularized first by Domenico Mondungo in 1958, then rerecorded by Bobby Rydell. The authenthic translation of the original Italian tells of a man who looks into his lover's bluer-than-blue eyes and is transported into Heaven, only to realize at the song's end that he is only staring in his lover's eyes. The song was a springboard for the novel's concerns about the dangers and mechanics of human perception, themes of covetousness and possession, and the myriad blocks to "peace" that seize the human mind, the primary block being that of forgiveness, that curious unwillingness to grieve and hold a grudge.
"Volare" is also central to the lead character, Chas Collins, a kind and wounded young hustler, who has found his own "flight" (Volare means 'to fly') in this song, for this was the time of 'Liz', "Volare", "Moon River", and the Romantic Gesture. It was brief, and it was sweet.
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Descrizione libro Trevisi Publications, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0972290400
Descrizione libro Trevisi Publications, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 972290400
Descrizione libro Trevisi Publications, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0972290400