By Steve Toltz
A bold, extraordinary new novel from guy Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz, for enthusiasts of Dave Eggers, Martin Amis, and David Foster Wallace: A fearlessly humorous, outrageously artistic darkish comedy approximately lifelong friends.
Liam is a suffering author and a failing cop. Aldo, his ally and muse, is a haplessly legal entrepreneur with an uncanny knack for catastrophe. As Aldo's good fortune worsens, Liam is galvanized to base his subsequent ebook on his top friend's exponential misfortunes and hopeless quest to win again his one nice love: His ex-wife, Stella. What starts as an try to make experience of Aldo’s mishaps spirals right into a profound tale of religion and friendship.
With an identical originality and buoyancy that catapulted his first novel, A Fraction of the Whole, onto prize lists round the world—including shortlists for the guy Booker Prize and the Guardian First ebook Award—Steve Toltz has created a rousing, hysterically humorous yet unapologetically darkish satire approximately destiny, religion, friendship, and the artist’s legal responsibility to his muse. Sharp, witty, kinetic, and completely engrossing, Quicksand is a subversive portrait of twenty-first-century society in all its hypocrisy and absurdity.
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You must lend me these, Basil,’ he cried. ‘I want to learn them. ’ ‘Oh, I am tired of sitting, and I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself,’ answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner. When he caught sight of Lord Henry, a faint blush coloured his cheeks for a moment, and he started up. ’ ‘This is Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian, an old Oxford friend of mine. ’ ‘You have not spoiled my pleasure in meeting you, Mr. Gray,’ said Lord Henry, stepping forward and extending his hand.
Ian Small (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ). –––– Studies in the History of Renaissance (), revised and expanded as The Renaissance (), repr. in The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry––The Text, ed. Donald L. Hill (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, ). Hill’s edition notes the textual variants in the four editions of The Renaissance that Pater published during his lifetime. Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars, ed. and trans. Catharine Edwards (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ).
Basil, this is extraordinary! ’ Hallward got up from the seat, and walked up and down the garden. After some time he came back. ‘Harry,’ he said, ‘Dorian Gray is to me simply a motive in art. You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I ﬁnd him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. ’ asked Lord Henry. ‘Because, without intending it, I have put into it some expression of all this curious artistic idolatry,* of which, of course, I have never cared to speak to him.
Quicksand by Steve Toltz