The Horned Man: A Novel
The protagonist, Lawrence Miller, is himself an expat teaching gender studies at a small college located just outside New York City. He is a member of the sexual harassment comm...more
- The protagonist works at a un...more
I learned that unicorns aren't all virgins and rainbows.
One of my most treasured random finds, a piercing and illuminating exploration of gender, memory, and desire. Modern fiction rarely dazzles me--not because I feel it to be inferior but because I often wonder if I really get it. This one engages, delights, and devastates all at once, written in clearheaded yet entrancing poetic prose, navigating the treacherous bridge between reality an...more
I’m not sure how to characterize it. I guess I’d describe it as the story of one’s man’s descent into apparent madness. The story is a first person narrative by Lawrence Miller. Significant parts of Lawrence’s backstory are left unsaid, so the reader is frequently left wondering what is going on. Lawr...more
“ ‘Just time for a quick smoke before the girls find my balls’” (30). *I’d like to say that one day.
“He remembers how, without explanation, the official then handed him a small sachet marked BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE, how he opened it, mystified, to find a towelette inside, and realized it was for cleaning his finger, and had to choke back tears of joy at this marvelous grace note in the official procedure, noting merely as an added glory t...more
So the narrator is this pseudo-enlightened, progressive gender studies professor, but actually may or may not be an abusive violent stalker type. If he is an abusive violent stalker type, he is incapable of recognising himself as such, and instead believes himself the victim of a vast conspiracy to frame...more
That said, th...more
Whilst the plot is lacking, i find that seeing Lawrences mind work is really fascinating, inwhich we don't actually kn...more
I thought this book started off well, but the ending just kinda left you hanging. I mean you could figure out what was going on about halfway through the book, but everything became more and more vague as it went on. The author seemed more intent on des...more
For lit folks and casual readers alike, this book is great.