Item description for Now Voyagers: Some Divisions of the Saga of Mawrdew Czgowchwz, Oltrano, Authenticated by Persons Represented Therein, Book One: The Night Sea Journey by James McCourt...
"James McCourt is an ecstatic fabulist, robustly funny and inventive, and touchingly in love with his subject."-Newsweek
"James McCourt's Now Voyagers is a sustained fugue of inspiration. Scathing wit, gentle ironies, comic pratfalls hurtle by at express speed. Reading it is like holding your breath for several hours. . . . The language that delivers this extraordinary novel shimmers and crackles. Even the longest sentences dance their surefooted way through thickets of references that call up every detail of 1950s New York. . . . Through the book runs a passion for opera, its iconic performances, its grand gestures and green jealousies. Now Voyagers is itself a grand opera, a Brobdingnanian masterpiece. . . . This is a big novel-big in size, big in ambition, big in its emotions, big in its capacious reach. There has been nothing like it for many a year."-Brian O'Doherty
Now Voyagers is the long-awaited sequel to James McCourt's first novel, the comic masterpiece Mawrdew Czgowchwz (pronounced mardu gorgeous). About James McCourt and his earlier work, Susan Sontag wrote, "Bravo, James McCourt, a literary countertenor in the exacting tradition of Firbank and Nabakov, who makes his daringly self-assured debut with this intelligent and very funny book."
James McCourt is the author of Queer Street, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2003. He is the author of three novels and two short story collections and has contributed to The Yale Review, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 6" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Turtle Point Press
ISBN 1933527080 ISBN13 9781933527086
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More About James McCourt
James McCourt is the author of Mawrdew Czgowchwz, Time Remaining, Delancey s Way, Now Voyagers: The Night Sea Journey and Queer Street. He has contributed to the Yale Review, The New Yorker, and the Paris Review. He lives in New York City and Washington, D.C.
James McCourt currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. James McCourt was born in 1941.
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an unnecessary unreadable sequel Sep 7, 2008
I loved the original novel, so I was thrilled to learn there was a sequel. But, alas, I was terribly disappointed by it. For starters, it is unreadable. It wants to out-Joyce Ulysses with too many long passages of thick macaronic drivel. The characters tend to be pretentious snobs who try to quote movies, books, operas, and plays like a roomful of drunk Albee characters determined to be the most obnoxious jerks at the cocktail party. "I know more about the Arts than you do, and I'm now going to spend page-after-page proving it." And the frequent quotes...Latin, French, German! Plus we have characters who speak in long paragraphs that are rendered to reflect their thick accents (an Indian swami, the Irish blokes, the Southern black queen).
True, there are brief flashes of delightful bile: the Callas insults, a description of an "Aida" wig-pulling incident, the Zinka and Ponselle worship. I just wish the multiple narrators (and there are too many letters and cablegrams) had spent more time talking about opera follies and less time about Irish history or diseased sex in the Baths.
What the novel needed most was someone to proofread it. The typos are numerous. Spellcheck can't catch "though" for "thought" or "stared" for "started" or the "it's/its" difficulties. And a proofreading opera queen might have caught the name Meneguzzer spelled here as Menneguzzer.
The most interesting passages are the ones that take place in a dark room of the Everard Baths, as three queens quote, bicker, and criticize anyone and everything. (Okay, so they are the gay Norns of the Gotterdammerung that is New York's opera scene.) There are lots of vicious comments about opera singers and the 1950s literary scene. But these passages are interlarded among long passages about Mawrdew's voyage from New York to Ireland, where she will film a movie about an Irish political heroine, who might have been her mother.
There are too many characters that are not individualized, too many long passages in foreign languages, too many reproduced letters, too many spelling errors, and too many pages that can be skipped in their entirety.