By Armistead Maupin
A hilarious and touching new installment of Armistead Maupin's cherished stories of the town series
Twenty years have handed on the grounds that Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and baby in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a tv occupation in ny. Now a couple of non-public calamities has pushed her again to town of her adolescence and into the palms of her oldest pal, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener fortunately ensconced along with his much-younger husband.
Mary Ann reveals transitority safe haven within the couple's yard cottage, the place, on the unnerving age of fifty-seven, she licks her wounds and takes inventory of her error. quickly, with assistance from fb and some previous pals, she starts to reengage with existence, in basic terms to confront clean terrors whilst her checkered prior comes again to hang-out her in a fashion she might by no means have imagined.
After the intimate first-person narrative of Maupin's final novel, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn marks the author's go back to the multicharacter plotlines and darkly comedian subject matters of his past paintings. between these stuck in Mary Ann's orbit are her estranged daughter, Shawna, a favored intercourse blogger; Jake Greenleaf, Michael's transgendered gardening assistant; socialite DeDe Halcyon-Wilson; and the indefatigable Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann's former landlady at 28 Barbary Lane.
More than 3 a long time within the making, Armistead Maupin's mythical stories of the town sequence rolls right into a new age, nonetheless sassy, irreverent, and curious, and nonetheless exploring the bounds of the human adventure with perception, compassion, and mordant wit.
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Does introduce eight speeches into the poem: 120–51 Odysseus, 265–82 Sinon, 284–90 Priam, 292–303 Sinon, 376–416 Cassandra, 420–38 Priam, 457–62 Aphrodite, and 491–6 Athena. 105 In the first, Odysseus opens an assembly in which any verbal response is truncated by his own 103 Trojans in front of the horse = jackdaws surrounding an eagle (247–9); Trojans taking the horse into the citadel = unpleasant-sounding migration of the cranes (352–7); Greek chieftains coming out of the horse to attack the sleeping Trojans = bees coming out of their hive to attack innocent passers-by (533–41) + Greek chieftains attack like maddened lions (545–6); Menelaus and Odysseus attacking = wolves attacking an unguarded flock (614–17) + Odysseus massacres the Trojans, who are like timid animals (624b–5).
Athena is said to play a role in the combined attack of Menelaus and Odysseus (Od. ’s equivalent passage (613–25). Sinon is not mentioned by Demodocus. The Literary Universe: Triphiodorus and the Epic Tradition 39 b) Specific passages are adapted to fit a particular situation (this includes references to events of the last days of Troy,6 but also other passages which can be adapted to suit a different event): – Triph. 14–16 (the horses mourn their partners and charioteers) ~ Il. 426–62 (Achilles’ horses mourn Patroclus), phrasing included.
Triph. 551b–5 (a young bride asks her groom’s killer to kill her) ~ Homeric motifs of the young husband slain, the bereaved widow and the parthenos who commits suicide when her fiancé dies (cf. Griffin, 1980, 120–4, 131–4). 10 The 11 taries, sets of philological and exegetical explanations, provided by Didymus and Aristonicus (from the time of Augustus), Nicanor (under Hadrian) and Herodian (under Marcus Aurelius), may have been considered together or even combined to form a single whole since the second or third century AD.