HORACE SIPPOG AND THE SIREN'S SONG by Su. Walton

HORACE SIPPOG AND THE SIREN'S SONG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What happens when the stuff of myth mixes with a more or less kookie contemporary scene? It all starts when Horatio Plantagenet, a man who ""lived very much with his mind"" in a castle on a deserted island off the coast of Scotland finds green-eyed Ulessa washed up on the beach. Years later two of the progeny, Ian and Cynthia, are sent off to confront life for the first time at school with devastating results for their human contacts. The seductive siblings are irresistible, leaving a mass of broken hearts and suicides along their fated paths. In the meantime younger brother Drake finds his calling and Joins a pirate ship while his twin Lucy awaits her destiny at home. The author handles this curious mixture of illusion and reality with extraordinary finesse composed of humor and sardonic insights into human frailty. There's a girl school with lesbianism rampant; the transition a bohemian artist undergoes when he discovers he's a Lord; what happens when a narcissistic sex-bomb runs up against Ian's green eyes; pot smoking parties and Red Indians; free-love and mermaids. A hip fantasia that fascinates.

Pub Date: Jan. 22nd, 1967
Publisher: Morrow