Chimera Author:John Barth "At this point I interrupted my sister as usual to say, 'You have a way with words, Scheherazade. This is the thousandth night I've sat the the foot of the bed while you and the King made love and you told him stories, and the one in progress holds me like a genie's gaze." — The speaker here is Dunyazade, kid sister to Scheherazade of 'The Thousa... more »nd and One Nights,' who has her own way with words. There is also Perseus, the demigod who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and yet finds himself at forty "sea-leveled, parched and plucked, with ever grain in my molten sandals raising blisters, and beleaguered by the serpents of my past." And Bellerophon, the hero who tames the winged horse Pegasus only to discover, "My life's a failure. I'm not a mythic hero. I never will be."
Like the Chimera of myth, which had a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail, they are all joined together into a single, dazzling whole that is the culmination of John Barth's work thus far, transforming myth into reality as we know it and live it.
"LITERALLY STUNNING...THE WORDS RAIN DOWN LIKE A SHOWER OF GOLD...MAKE NO MISTAKE: JOHN BARTH IS A MANDARIN MODERN MASTER." -- Life
"SOARING, RICH, MAJESTIC...BARTH'S MOST REWARDING CREATION." -- National Observer
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION IN 1973« less