It is 1974 Nicolas Kraven, lecturer in English Literature at Mosholu College in the Bronx, is adrift upon a sea of troubles: his affair with his neighbour's wife threatens to progress from Thursday night to permanence; his students are a mixture of campus revolutionaries, predatory sexual exhibitionists and an old man intent on proving Merlin was a Jew; an elderly academic specialist in Love, possessor of a devastatingly effective aphrodisiac and a libido that belies her years, has alarming designs on his person; the Kraven demons, a familial curse, are in hot pursuit; and a spectre from his past, the one man who can smash this already chaotic life into ruins, is expected imminently. Kraven flies to London, where he finds brief consolation in the arms of Candy Peaches, a stripper from Sausalito, and then to Harrogate, the town to which he was evacuated as a child, there to conforn the ghost of his father, and to slay Kraven demons. A superb comic novel, fizzing with brilliant word-play, KRAVEN IMAGES confirms that, in Alan Isler, a major new writer has arrived.
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"Isler's novels are a delight. His prose is dense, referential, barbed and well-educated; relishing word-play and puns" (John Melmoth Sunday Times)
"An accomplished academic comedy, a waspishly clever blend of irony, pathos and romance, academic farce and catastrophe" ( Scotland on Sunday)
"His great strength is a relentless inventiveness which, with effortless ease and enormous fun, spins and then dissolves outrageously Shakespearean confusions and coincidences" (Martyn Harris Daily Telegraph)
"Isler's second novel is every bit as enjoyable [as The Prince of West End Avenue], and equally cranky" (Kate Kellaway Observer)
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 224042939
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0224042939