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The Candles of Your Eyes

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A mysterious young man who disintegrates under the spell of an avaricious old lady's heirlooms; a romance between a "retired cannibal" and a Liberace-esque "songster"; and a violent orgy of pie-eating and fornication are among the topics of this remarkable collection. In Purdy's world a violent blood-letting is "like a gentle summer shower" and a domineering servant procla ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by City Lights Books (first published 1987)
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Ramon Prieto
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to see that this book doesn’t get much attention, so here is my attempt to make more people interested in this remarkable piece of literature.

James Purdy’s “The Candles of Your Eyes” is a collection of 14 short stories, covering nearly half of Purdy’s career as a writer; it’s therefore possible for the reader to see how the writer’s style evolves, this of course makes the book excitedly uneven. Purdy’s voice is candid and eccentric, his sentences short and unpredictable. His sto
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Donald
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
These stories will haunt you. James Purdy's stories are tight, compact and exacting in bringing his vision to light. Not a word is wasted. This is a slim but rich collection. From the opening tale "Some of These Days" to the bizarre narrative of "Lily's Party" to the heartbreaking "Summer Tidings," Purdy proves why his is a singular voice of the post WWII generation of writers. Gore Vidal has called him a genius. Dorothy Parker, Paul Bowles, Marianne Moore and Tennessee Williams have sung his pr ...more
reqbat
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
absolutely smashing and worth 5 stars- except "Mr Evening" was a bit too long of a let down. still, one of my favorite authors.
Mennlay
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Whoa. The first story was a bit too much for me, but after reading the third story, "Summer Tidings," I get him...
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James Otis Purdy (July 17, 1914 – March 13, 2009) was an American novelist, short-story writer, poet, and playwright who, since his debut in 1956, published over a dozen novels, and many collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and in 2013 his short stories were collected in The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy.
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