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(01/01/2009) The Gypsy's Curse by Harry Crews. New York. 1974. Knopf. keywords: Literature America. 208 pages. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. 0394491963. April 1974.

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   Marvin Molar was born with teensy tadpole legs - three inches around. His elephant arms make up for it. They're twenty-two inches in diameter and so thong he can balance on the end of one finger. He's deaf, too; and dumb. But worst of all, he is cursed with the Gypsy's Curse: Que encuentres un cono a tu medida! The cono he finds belongs to Hester, who is normal. Hester insists on moving into Al Molarski's Fireman's Gym, where Marvin has lived since he was abandoned as a baby Marvin resists. Al Molarski resists. The two punch-drunk fighters who live and work out there are stupefied and excited by the idea. But what Hester wants, Hester gets - and the stage is set for catastrophe. What renders THE GYPSY'S CURSE unique and memorable is the startling tension between the frenzy and seaminess of Marvin's experience and the elegance of his mind - his strange, haunting understanding of human panic and pain, the bizarre integrity of his professional life as the best and most grotesque hand-balancer around, the thin line he lives on - poised between utter helplessness and an almost savage control. His life appalls, but his quality appeals. The novels of Harry Crews have consistently been praised for their mysterious and convincing grasp of the recognizably human feelings that lodge amidst the demonic and the strange, in what The New York Times Book Review has called a 'Hieronymus Bosch landscape.' Here, his remarkable talents bring us even further into the realm of unexpected emotional possibilities - leaving us moved, even almost charmed rather than horrified, by the dreadful and implacable fulfillment of THE GYPSY'S CURSE.

 

 

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