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Eclogues: Eight Stories

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Mixtures of myth and fable, these tales have their origins in Plutarch, Montaigne, The Acts of the Apostles, Theokritos, and the daily newspaper. Eclogues is a delight, and Guy Davenport proves a companionable and witty guide.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published 1981 by North Point Press
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MJ Nicholls
Oct 07, 2013 MJ Nicholls marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
OK, I didn’t give Guy much of a chance, but I could see where it was going. Endless Greek references, academic indulgence, unbearable polyglot showboating. Bah. Bah. I like random Greek and German phrases and words like boondoggle and whoopdedo as much as the next reader—OK, I don’t—but these difficult stories went over my head, and don’t fall into my corner of the avant-garde, where Sorrentino and Queneau hang out quipping and smoking. I hear his essay collections are the bees knees, so I’ll ...more
Anthony
Dec 17, 2008 Anthony rated it really liked it
oh me oh my! i've never read a collection of stories anything like this one. in fact, we probably shouldn't even call these stories but we don't have a word for the things that davenport makes so we call them stories, for now.
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Love his essays. I'm sure I don't understand these stories.
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