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An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis
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it was amazing

Blending Greek myth and contemporary gay life, Merlis fully explores the questions of life and lust, desire and destiny, through the misadventures of Pyrrhus, Achilles' gay son. Escaping palace life for 'the city,' he finds that waiting tables doesn't pay the rent, so he becomes a popular gogo boy, then a hustler. But the emptiness of paid sex leaves him indifferent and torn. Will he find love amid so much base sexuality?

In the second half of the novel, Odysseus arrives to convince Pyrrhus to join the fight in the ten-years-long Trojan War. Can he fulfill his dead father's mission, find validation as the son of a demigod? But before he gains his father's famous armor, a stop at Lemnos brings on a sidebar quest; to seduce and convince the elder Philoctetes to return to the war, because the prophecy says so.

Merlis' insight into the delicate interplay between men, truthful love and conscripted lust, are part of what makes this a great story. The clever interplay of ancient and contemporary settings adds to its charm. The comparison of the Trojan War and the AIDS epidemic are clear and artfully told. This Lambda Literary Award winner was also cited by the Publishing Triangle as one of the best gay novels.
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Reading Progress

February 19, 2012 – Shelved
September 1, 2017 – Started Reading
September 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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