Myra Breckinridge and Myron Paperback
by Gore Vidal
It is a risky (and risque) business becoming 'Woman Triumphant' - exercising total power over men like Rusty Godowski.
Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood star like everyone else at Buck Loner's academy, but now that Buck's niece, Myra Breckinridge, has arrived, the curriculum is taking a wildly strange turn.
Willing to risk all to be superb and unique, Myra means to prove to her old friend Dr Montag that it is possible to work out in life all one's fantasies - and survive. 'From Myra's fist appearnce on the page she was a megastar', explains her creator, Gore Vidal. Myra caused a second furore when she returned in Myron to battle it out with her eponymous alter ego, a drab little man fallen into marriage and a job in Chinese catering.
Theirs is a contest of hormonal roulette, with glorious Myra off on time-travelling missions of mercy back to 1948 to try to change cinema history and to introduce her own radical theories of popuation control.
Meanwhile Myron tries desperately to stay in the present as inconspicuously as Mrya will allow.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 22/04/1993
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349103655
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Review by SaraBat86
Hilarious, grotesque, ridiculous. All this and more. Yes, it's quite dated, but that doesn't mean it's no longer important.
Review by Aberjed23
You've got to love Myra, one of the most fantastic (sic) creations of 20th C literature...Vidal's tongue is not just firmly in his cheek , it is protruding a grotesque distance.....Genius , madness or just delicious fun, you decide