GOAT SONG by Frank Yerby

GOAT SONG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sing a song of satyrs/a pocketful of pimps. Listen, Pan had nothing on our boy Frank. When he takes on Greece there isn't a pederass--t that hasn't been bared. Very roughly...this follows the adventures of Ariston, Spartan youth who, after surviving a number of incidents that would have killed off any lesser Fictional character, is captured by the Athenians. A godlike creature, he is sold into male prostitution but he survives and becomes a respected member of the community gaining notoriety only because of his endless, tragic heterosexual affairs. He is intimate (not physically) with such renowned citizens as ""Sokrates,"" Aristophanes and Euripedes. Unfortunately Ariston is much more adept at communing with the above than he is at controlling his household and his life is plagued with the kind of domestic crisis that would make a Medea wince. At the end, after fruitlessly defending the city against Sparta he prepares to write ""The story of the life and death of Sokrates."" In the words of one character: ""Oh, immortal gods! How can such things be?"" The gods are not kind.

Pub Date: Jan. 6th, 1967
Publisher: Dial