I am Elijah Thrush

James Purdy


I am Elijah Thrush

I am Elijah Thrush

  • Title: I am Elijah Thrush
  • Author: James Purdy
  • ISBN: 9780854490127
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback



James Purdy s controversial new novel is the story of Millicent De Frayne and her sensational half century campaign to win the love of Elijah Thrush Elijah, after ruining the lives of countless men and women, is finally in love incorrectly, if not indecently, with his great grandson, Bird of Heaven In order to support an unusual habit, a young black man reluctantly agrJames Purdy s controversial new novel is the story of Millicent De Frayne and her sensational half century campaign to win the love of Elijah Thrush Elijah, after ruining the lives of countless men and women, is finally in love incorrectly, if not indecently, with his great grandson, Bird of Heaven In order to support an unusual habit, a young black man reluctantly agrees to tell their remarkable story.James Purdy recounts this comedy with a delicately controlled balance of whimsy and pathos, of the heroic and the bizarre Outrageous, yet tender and oddly moving, the book reflects a surprising new facet of Purdy s remarkable talent From the first edition dust jacket.


Recent Comments "I am Elijah Thrush"

This is Purdy in his early-era New York social fantasy style. It came out in the 70's, and appears to be set in the 70's or late 60's, but is infused with the bric-a-brac and lexicon of a much earlier era, possibly the 20's, which is appropriate because two of the main characters are close to one hundred years old, yet are strangely ageless (the female lead maintaining her youth through the application of semen she extracts from a string of youths) and firmly ensconced, through sheer fantastical [...]

A fascinating, original, and highly absurd work of art about the desperate pursuit of perfect love, which cannot be attained! There are surprises within. If you think you've "seen everything", seek out this treasure and be delighted.

I am Elijah Thrush and I like this book.

Another of my favorites. I visited James Purdy in his Brooklyn Heights apartment several years before he died.

This comedy has a weird logic of its own, like a freshly remembered dream in the waking moments of the morning.


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