Called the best essayist of his time by luminaries like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Edward Abbey, Edward Hoagland brings readers his ultimate collection In Sex and the River Styx, the author s sharp eye and intense curiosity shine through in essays that span his childhood exploring the woods in his rural Connecticut, his days as a circus worker, and his travels the world over in his later years Here, we meet Hoagland at his best traveling to Kampala, Uganda, to meet a family he d been helping support only to find a divide far greater than he could have ever imagined reflecting on aging, love, and sex in a deeply personal, often surprising way and bringing us the wonder of wild places, alongside the disparity of losing them, and always with a twist that brings the genre of nature writing to vastly new heights His keen dissection of social realities and the human spirit will both startle and lure readers as they meet African matriarchs, Tibetan yak herders, circus aerialists, and the strippers who entertained college boys in 1950s Boston Says Howard Frank Mosher in his foreword, the self described rhapsodist could fairly be considered our last, great transcendentalist....
|Title||:||Sex and the River Styx|
|Publisher||:||Chelsea Green Publishing February 18, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
|File Size||:||887 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Sex and the River Styx Reviews
In the beginning of "Last Call," the third of thirteen essays in "Sex and the River Styx," Edward Hoagland, 78, muses on "trembling handwriting" and other harrowing aspects of advanced age including a tendency to become introspective and slip into reverie: "Beer stains on the table, smoke rings in the air, an irregular temperament: often that is how the world's work has gotten done, by shrimps and wimps, not only gaudy, bawdy musclemen."
Edward Hoagland is one of the finest essayist in the US. He never disappoints he explores a topic from a deeply personal place while at the same time provides commentary on the social and political implications of the topic. I find his ties to the natural world especially compelling. This volume inspires those of us who are at this stage of life to reflect on our own lives as he does in this volume.
Concepts about life and living I've not considered. Self-effacing essays of his life and relationships with others. Keep a dictionary handy. This man's vocabulary is immense
A thoroughly beautiful book that informs us again that the world is a beautiful place and that life is worth living. The author's ability to express what many of us feel about the world around us is nicely paired with "Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them," which tells us how and why we're rapidly on the way to losing our world. Read them both, then re-read them.
Edward Hoagland and I were both born in 1932, both lost sight of one eye, and both have traveled extensively. Without doubt Hoagland has a better command of the english language than I. But this book, Sex and The River Styx, is a repetitive rant about the virtues of fox's mating, frogs belching, rats eating the peanut butter in his kitchen, the author's failed romances, his using his stuttering as an excuse for his failures, and his maudlin view of the aging process. He tells us over and over in these essays that the flora and fauna of his beloved Vermont should take precedence over any kind of human needs. I have a deal with the javalina and his family that challenge my dog and I when we walk in our neighborhood. I don't invade the javalina's lair and he doesn't invade mine . . . my home. The javalina would rather I did not compete with him for territory and I feel the same about him but we have agreed to share God's good earth. Smile Mr. Hoagland. 80 ain't so bad. I did get through 67% of the book when I decided it was too much of Mr. Hoagland's personal tragedy.