Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226677002 Published November 2004 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
E-book $17.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226075297 Published May 2013 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada

The Fisher King

A Novel

Anthony Powell

The Fisher King
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Anthony Powell

256 pages | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1986
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226677002 Published November 2004 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
E-book $17.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226075297 Published May 2013 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
Aboard the Alecto, prolific romance author Valentine Beals ruminates on the ship's most seemingly incongruous couple: a graceful, ethereal, virginal dancer named Barberina Rookwood and her lover, Saul Henchman, a crippled, emasculated war hero and photographer. Fancifully, Beals imagines Henchman to be the reembodiment of one of the most mysterious Arthurian legends, the Fisher King—the maimed and impotent ruler of a barren country of whom Perceval failed to ask the right questions. A myth with many permutations—and a blurred borderland between them—the Fisher King legend dovetails the various explanations Powell offers from his competing narrators as to why a talented young dancer would forsake her art to care for a feeble older man.

Ostensibly a novel about gossip on a cruise ship, The Fisher King is much more: a highly stylized narrative infused with Greek mythology, legend, and satire.
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