THE KEY TO MY PRISON by Harris owney


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Desire make a prison"" for Delia Wright, in her early twenties, but she is about to commit suicide and the key is this journal written just before her self-destruction. Naturally her thoughts are disordered, b the experiences past as well as the one to come, and some of this is deliberately inconsecutive and irrelevant. If one can keep this in mind at all times, one can perhaps exonerate the vapours ambiguity of much that appears: i.e."" Time is.. a withering in its own drought, a oothlessness, a surrender... Lust lost and all delight, it can but seek a slab or a ound, though the sun shines warm and the maypop blossoms its nails, apostles and orns."" It's rather like seaweed. Disentagled, the notations deal with the three experiences which ""narrowed"" her ""circumference"" with each ""flight of desire."" At , still in school, a boy repudiated her; later, after the death of her mother, she went to live with a rich, authoritarian old woman who ""suffocated"" her; and at that time, she had a purely instinctual but debasing affair with a vagrant from Memphis who eventually abandoned her... The scene is southern, the atmosphere is close, and without ever really feeling very sorry for Delia (she's an odd one to begin with) no one will question her decision.

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 1964
Publisher: elacorte