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Book Title: Time Remaining|
The author of the book: James McCourt
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.19 MB
Date of issue: May 4th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780679412663
Read full description of the books Time Remaining:Picked by Harold Bloom for inclusion in THE WESTERN CANNON. One of Dennis Cooper's 50 Favorite Novels. Written by James McCourt whose first book MAWRDEW CZGOWCHWZ was feted by Susan Sontag, compared to Firbank and Nabokov, and reissued by New York Review of Books. So why does nobody talk about this novel?
I have some ideas. First, while I am a card-carrying member of the MAWRDEW CZGOWCHWZ appreciation society, this novel feels entirely different from that operatic masterpiece. It's written in what the narrator once refers to as the Jackson Pollock splatter method of associations. It's as fractured as a shattered mirror. And it's full of digressions, digressions upon digressions, and digressions upon digressions upon-- you get the idea. At first, it's hard to keep up with what's being talked about, much less who, and there are so many inside cultural references to gay life in NYC in the 40s, 50s, and 60s that Grad Students could profitably annotate the hell out of this. I won't lie - several times the chatty (let's not say bitchy) narrators of this two-part interlinked tale drove me to distraction and I seriously considered putting the book down unfinished.
I'm glad I didn't. McCourt unfurls fantastic sentences and has perfect pitch with voice. He's a master of well wrought prose, on the level in his own way with William H. Gass. And even though the book seems self-indulgent in the extreme at times, the fragments eventually paint a detailed portrait and the scattered bon mots gain gravitas and the ending is moving without lapsing into sentimentality. Although the story pays tribute to AIDS victims and a culture that was quickly vanishing, it's bursting at the seams with life, vibrant gossip, and wickedly funny scenes. The elegiac notes are hit softly and resound through the floorboards of the book's prose, but McCourt knows these important sounds are not the only ones worth hearing in our time remaining.
Read information about the authorJames McCourt was born in 1941.
McCourt was raised in New York City and educated at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and Manhattan College, when it was considered the Irish-American Harvard. McCourt briefly studied acting at the Yale School of Drama, but left with fellow student Vincent Virga in 1964 to go to London, to experience the exploding theater scene there. McCourt and Virga have been a couple ever since then. They stayed in London for two periods, from 1964 to 1967, and 1969 to 1971, resettling in New York City.
After McCourt’s story was published in the New American Review, the legendary writer and social commentator Susan Sontag helped McCourt find a publisher. In 1975, McCourt published the expanded “Mawrdew Czgowchwz” in book form. Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times called the book “A gloriously flamboyant debut. Take it in spoonfuls and you'll find passages to fall in love with. Sooner or later, you may even find yourself reading them aloud to your friends.”
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