Myra Breckinridge & Myron

Ä Myra Breckinridge & Myron Ï Gore Vidal - Myra Breckinridge & Myron, Myra Breckinridge Myron It is a risky and risque business becoming Woman Triumphant exercising total power over men like Rusty Godowski Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood star like everyone else at Buck Loner s academy but
  • Title: Myra Breckinridge & Myron
  • Author: Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9780349103655
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback

Ä Myra Breckinridge & Myron Ï Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge & Myron, Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge Myron It is a risky and risque business becoming Woman Triumphant exercising total power over men like Rusty Godowski Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood star like everyone else at Buck Loner s academy but now that Buck s niece Myra Breckinridge has arrived the curriculum is taking a wildly strange turn Willing to risk all to be superb and unique Myra means to proveIt is a Ä Myra Breckinridge & Myron Ï Gore Vidal - Myra Breckinridge & Myron, Myra Breckinridge Myron It is a risky and risque business becoming Woman Triumphant exercising total power over men like Rusty Godowski Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood star like everyone else at Buck Loner s academy but

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Myra Breckinridge & Myron

About Author

  1. Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation through marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy.Vidal ran for political office twice and was a longtime political critic He was a lifelong isolationist Democrat As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books and Esquire.Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards Additionally he was known for his well publicized spats with such figures as Norman Mailer, William F Buckley, Jr and Truman Capote.Vidal s novels fell into two distinct camps social and historical His best known social novel was Myra Breckinridge his best known historical novels included Julian, Burr and Lincoln His third novel, The City and the Pillar 1948 , outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality At the time of his death he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J D Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he referred to himself as a gentleman bitch and has been described as the 20th century s answer to Oscar WildeAlso used the pseudonym Edgar Box Gore Vidal um dos nomes centrais na hist ria da literatura americana p s Segunda Guerra Mundial Nascido em 1925, em Nova Iorque, estudou na Academia de Phillips Exeter Estado de New Hampshire O seu primeiro romance, Williwaw 1946 , era uma hist ria da guerra claramente influenciada pelo estilo de Hemingway Embora grande parte da sua obra tenha a ver com o s culo XX americano, Vidal debru ou se v rias vezes sobre pocas recuadas, como, por exemplo, em A Search for the King 1950 , Juliano 1964 e Creation 1981 Entre os seus temas de elei o est o mundo do cinema e, mais concretamente, os bastidores de Hollywood, que ele desmonta de forma sat rica e implac vel em t tulos como Myra Breckinridge 1968 , Myron 1975 e Duluth 1983 Senhor de um estilo exuberante, multifacetado e sempre surpreendente, publicou, em 1995, a autobiografia Palimpsest A Memoir As obras O Instituto Smithsonian e A Idade do Ouro encontram se traduzidas em portugu s Neto do senador Thomas Gore, enteado do padrasto de Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, primo distante de Al Gore, Gore Vidal sempre se revelou um espelho cr tico das grandezas e mis rias dos EUA.Faleceu a 31 de julho de 2012, aos 86 anos, na sua casa em Hollywood, v tima de pneumonia.

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  1. Myra Breckinridge 1968 is a scabrous genderbender satire about an untouchable woman out to claim her fortune from a sleazy Hollywood mogul If you re familiar with Gore Vidal s haughtiness from one of his incalculable TV appearances it might take a moment to settle into this female voice, but once the farcical frolics begin the novel is heap good fun Among the notorious scenes are Myra s dildo rape of male chauvinist Rusty, and her failure to achieve Sapphic congress with the defiantly heterosex [...]


  2. Gore Vidal s satirical novel, Myra Breckenridge was, at one point, shocking That it is no longer shocking and, in fact, so ridiculously un shocking as to be a soap opera cliche is a testament to how much society s views have changed on the book s primary subject matter.Ostensibly, the book is about a lot of things Vidal was a humorous and caustic social critic who, like some of his relevant contemporaries Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth , explored the inanity of the times primarily th [...]


  3. I have no idea how this would read to somebody not familiar with classic Hollywood cinema for as it is cheekily reiterated on several occasions in the decade between 1935 and 1945, no irrelevant film was made in the United States , emphasis NOT mine , if only because so much of the razor sharp humor is wrapped up in knowing things like the ridiculous plot of The Seventh Veil or the absurdity of offhandedly proclaiming Since You Went Away a masterpiece or the humor in finding the curve to the mas [...]


  4. I will give you one star because your prose is so delightfully bitchy, Gore Vidal especially the introduction, told from the point of view of Gore Vidal but no because this book is bad stupid Like, okay, sure, dumb fluff, sixties queerness, obsessing about the movies of the forties because you re a silly two dimensional cartoon, all that stuff is great But, just as you get to write about trans women without doing any research and therefore just make stuff up, like estrogen impedes healing and e [...]


  5. One of the most delicious, camp meditations on American pop culture ever committed to print Gore Vidal has written a comedy of bad manners to rival Sheridan and WIlde Pointedly vulgar, deliriously savvy, this novel knows exactly what it wants to do from its first moments The first person narrator announces the death of mataphor early on and then relates the entire lurid saga sticking to those ideological guns Hilarious and brilliant and exactly right for the character and the world depicted What [...]


  6. Bah, humbug Everybody loves this book, and all I see is an uptight Cape Cod queen getting jealous after reading Naked Lunch and thinking I can write like that Well, you can t Miss Gore I ll stick to watching Raquel Welch tramp around in her foxy flag outfit.


  7. Very daring in its day, this satire remains hilarious and thought provoking Anais Nin, one of Vidal s lovers, was an inspiration for the grandiose voice of Myra while the perverse sophistication is the author s own While these two books enabled many of us to cast aside our Sky God inhibitions the same prudes and hypocrites remain in charge Well, they can t stop us being consensual adults in private or preventing the twenty year fetish club debauch I managed while, er, researching my own books No [...]


  8. Myra Breckinridge is one Sick Twist I found this book shockingd I am not easily shocked Myra is a trannie, a sadist, a revolutionary and completely nuts However, Vidal s 1968 title character cannot be classified with most of the one dimensional psycho transgender characters so common in our cultural production Dressed to Kill, Sleepaway Camp and Silence of the Lambs to name a few Myra believes that all human relations are based on the desire in each of us to exercise absolute power over others H [...]


  9. I remember hearing all of the uproar over this book when I was young but this was the first time that I had read it Maybe I would have liked it better years ago but now I just don t see the appeal I d always heard that it was a sophisticated, witty novel All I read was a story that was very antagonistic toward transgenders and here comes a spoiler so if you don t want to know, please stop reading I also can t get over the rape scene I m certainly no prude, but the fact that a teacher tortured an [...]


  10. Two of the greatest satires ever written Two of my favorite books of all time I was reading a book by a current best selling comedic author I was in a state of un grippedness Read like a book being written in preparation for getting optioned as a movie no style, which is very popular nowadays I picked up Myra Breckenridge and read the first chapter two pages long I laughed out loud and was in awe THIS IS WRITING.Vidal is one of the greatest writers ever One of my personal heroes.



  11. I have to think that Gore Vidal s so called hyperreal novels are only taken seriously because of his stature as an essayist and reputation as a socialite Thin plot, uneven pace, underwritten style, dated Hollywood references, flat characters, eccentric names these novels are just Pynchon imitations gone wrong Myra at least has its moments all of which are near its beginning , but it spends 150 pages starting the book, then 60 pages trying to end it as quickly as possible there s plenty expositio [...]


  12. Today author Gore Vidal is mostly known for his Narratives of Empire series of seven novels on American history published between 1967 and 2000 These books Burr, Lincoln, 1876, Empire, Hollywood, Washington, D.C and The Golden Age tell the history of the American Empire through the lives of two fictional families and their interactions with real figures in American history Few recall the critical uproar caused by his 1948 novel The City and the Pillar that dealt frankly with male homosexuality A [...]


  13. Laugh out loud funny Shocking, vulgar, bawdy Initially found it intriguing because no, had never read anything like this before Found Gore Vidal to be clever and initially it held my interest picked the book up simply because I wanted to see what Vidal was all about as a esteemed writer of our time While initially I felt that this was a 4 star work, I definitely dinged it for the scene toward the end with Rusty and Myra Since I don t want a spoiler here, not going to elaboratebut if you have rea [...]


  14. Another old blogI recently finished reading Gore Vidal s Myra Breckenridge and the sequel, Myron I don t really know what to say about this book other than it was about a freakin SCHIZOPHRENIC TRANSEXUAL It was pretty funny, in it s own way, but is also kind of intimidating in it s discussions of sexual power over others, and the things some psychotic people will do to attain that power Myra Breckenridge was written entirely from the perspective of post sex change Myra formerly Myron , who is p [...]


  15. Like Heinlein laying off Stranger in a Strange Land until the big cultural wheel turned into the 60s Free love meant that everybody was running beyond any capacity to shock sexually tearing down the last great wall of conservatism in a taggle of arms, legs and other dangly body parts How did we get so staid again Oh yeah, a killer sex plague Handily, a moral weapon to aim at homosexuals in particular Saved A graphic novel Sadly, the big reveal of the story was known to me somehow but the real po [...]


  16. Fifty years after its original publication, Gore Vidal s comic masterpiece MYRA BRECKINRIDGE still feels fresher than a summer s eve While an obsessive knowledge of 1940 s American cinema certainly enhances the delirious pleasure of experiencing MYRA, its razor sharp satire of show biz, aberrant lifestyle choices , gender politics and pansexual panic seems absolutely contemporary, and is relevant and necessary than ever Like CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES it s timeless, relentless and laugh out loud hil [...]


  17. This is my 3rd time reading Myra and my 2nd time reading Myron, and they are as brilliant as i remember Though I didn t laugh quite as hard this time, simply because jokes aren t as funny the 3rd time you hear them, I still would put Myra Breckinridge up there with A Confederacy of Dunces as one of the funniest books ever written Myra is two of the most fiercely unique characters ever created, and Vidal s take on gender, sexuality, morality is genius Wish I could have read this when it was 1st p [...]


  18. Myra Breckinridge states at the beginning of her book that her mission is to re create the sexes for the good of the human race and her campy, movie obsessed voice dominates this frothy novel by Gore Vidal The plot involves her attempt to acquire her dead husband s share of an inheritance of land in Westwood from his uncle, a former actor called Buck Loner who now runs an Academy for aspiring actors on the property He takes her on as a teacher of Posture and Empathy at the Academy while his lawy [...]


  19. This is the first Gore Vidal novel I have read and I m certainly not disappointed I have always seen the human species as the agents of the apocalypse and my only criticism of that species is that it is so slow in completing its work In this literary masterpiece and very clever anti human satire I seem to have found an unsentimental and eloquent voice that s in agreement Myra s observations on nuclear devastation, environmental destruction and the end of the human race challenge the very pessimi [...]


  20. I genuinely still don t know what to make of these two novels, which I read back to back over Easter They were recommended by a work colleague with a taste for the outrageous, so maybe I should not have been surprised, but for a novel which is clearly so literary to be so bizarre and out there was a new one on me The language and attitudes are rather outdated the novels were written in 1968 and 1974 respectively and it shows but the satire on American life and attitudes remains pretty sharp.Howe [...]


  21. Being two separate books, this requires two reviews.Myra Breckenridge is the predecessor to transgressive literature One can see how much Palahniuk pulled from Vidal s delivery of the twist when he wrote Fight Club Vidal succeeds with his tremendous feat of combining obscene ideas with satirical and critical opinions of materialist America and its conservative agendas Myron is a less funny, a less extreme, a less innovative, a less interesting version of Myra Throwing the couple into 1940s Holly [...]


  22. Looking at the world through the eyes of a 1950s starlet who thinks she is the sexiest woman alive was fun Gore Vidal created a cartoon like character, Myra, who has modeled herself after numerous Hollywood stars and has delusions of her own grandeur The book was entertaining, gender bending, and it seems fairly shocking and subversive for its time of publishing in 1968 Although, now its rape scene and transgender character come off as strange and unrealistic rather than subversive I am still pe [...]


  23. This is a strange, dark, gruesomely amusing and darkly cutting pair of novels The edition I have has both novels in it In the first, Myron is Myra megalomaniacal, narcissistic, single minded and powerful There is one particular scene in the novel which is both pivotal and shocking and is what caused the book to be banned in Australia at least The second novel, Myron, is even stranger Myron finds himself trapped inside the TV during a filming of a B rate Hollywood move in 1948 But chapter by chap [...]


  24. Or as Diotima said to Hyperion, in H lderlin s novel, It was no man that you wanted, believe me you wanted a world I too want a world and mean to have it Is it possible to describe anything accurately That is the problem set us by the French New Novelists The answer is, like so many answers to important questions, neither yes nor no The treachery of words is notorious It is impossible to sort out all one s feelings at any given moment on any given subject, and so perhaps it is wise never to take [...]


  25. I have managed to own and lose so many copies of this book And yet I keep prowling used bookstores to re buy and re read it because I absolutely adore it Myra Breckinridge is definitely the strongest of the two novels, although Myron is delightful as well I honestly can t get enough of Myra s voice It also occurred to me, after recently re reading Invisible Monsters that Chuck Palahniuk very likely got some inspiration from Myra when creating Brandy Alexander I think this book is effing fantasti [...]


  26. Ok This one is tough because I DID appreciate the writing and some of the intellectual theories running through both books On a side note, I ended up googling a ton of the actors and actresses mentioned and got a bit of an education in Forties cinema BUT, I was so disturbed by the rape scenes that they I can t say I really enjoyed the books as much as I might have wanted to I m not trying to be moralistic here it just personally was not my cup of tea Interested to read some of GV s other books [...]


  27. Though Vidal displays an obvious and impressive mastery of the English language, the simple fact is Once you have inured yourself to the contextually shocking depictions of sex and debauchery you are left with a fairly boring tale of a sociopath on a convoluted mission of self empowerment Worth reading for a certain sense of late 60 s kitsch, but not necessarily the sort of work which leaves the reader with any lasting emotional impression.


  28. Underneath the bitchy camp dialouge is some potent ideas about sex, overpopulation, and identity It was a joy to read while being a product of its time still shocks and titilates the reader whit a high form of trashy melodrama and pornographic details Should be required reading in high schools then maybe kids would read and begin to be open minded about sexual identity and the history of film.


  29. After reading these two novels all I can say is.t my cup of tea.At first the novel went quite fast and it was entertaining, although I find Myra as a character rather annoying,soon after it started to feel really stretched.As satires go, this one isn t a bad one Especially the ending of Myron I really enjoyed and the use of language was spot on I guess a word to describe this book story would be shocking


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