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In Transit - Brigid Brophy

Paperback Published: 1st March 1989
ISBN: 9780854491001
Number Of Pages: 200

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If you can get past the intransigent if not unintelligible first pages and locate your bearings, you will find that Miss Brophy has written yet another anti-novel in the mainstream (her word "piss") of fiction. All the reassuring conventions are absent: cf. plot and characters. Actually there is only one character who is without nationality (although she has Miss Brophy's gift of tongue or tongues) or determinable sex - an "inter alien" in the Transit Lounge of an airport (the airport is a sanctuary - "You too can be duty-free"). In the babel or babble to follow, what has been destroyed is to a degree compensated for by her arresting assault on language, by her punditry as multilingual as Nabokov's or Joyce's ("Youlysses have fore-suffered all. Before the Jew wandered, jew did") and by her inventive uses of words. It would seem that the occasion of this novel or rather non-novel is its commentary on modern life: whether opera - a long inset; 20th century architecture; pornography; bi-sexuality; student revolt; or the Church and our Father Who art not whom she unremittingly flays. Ordering a cappucino in a cafe area prompts the long "Sexshuntwo: The Case of the Missing (Re)Member" in which her amnestic character tries to identify her sex from her unremembered past and her unigendered garb. This leads quite funnily and precariously on to the His-Her moment of decision in the "Interloo." And from there to noisier and noisier confusion in the airport-universe during a Lesbian conspiracy and threatened takeover. . . Certainly not for the disadvantaged reader, a showy, opinionated, dazzling, decimating affair. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780854491001
ISBN-10: 0854491007
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st March 1989
Publisher: Millivres-Prowler Group Ltd
Country of Publication: GB

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