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Second Skin

Second Skin - 05 edition

Second Skin - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780811216449

ISBN10: 0811216446

Second Skin by Hawkes - ISBN 9780811216449
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published: 2005
International: No
Second Skin by Hawkes - ISBN 9780811216449

ISBN13: 9780811216449

ISBN10: 0811216446

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Summary

Skipper an ex-World War II naval Lieutenant and the narrator of ''Second Skin'' interweaves past and present--what he refers to as his ''naked history''--in a series of episodes that tell the story of a volatile life marked by pitiful losses as well as a more elusive overwhelming joy. The past: the suicides of his father wife and daughter the murder of his son-in-law a brutal rape and subsequent mutiny at sea. The present: caring for his granddaughter on a ''northern'' island where he works as an artificial inseminator of cows and attempts to reclaim the innocence with which he faced the tragedies of his earlier life. Combining unflinching descriptions of suffering with his sense of beauty Hawkes is a master of nimble and sensuous prose who makes the awful and mundane fantastic and occasionally makes the fantastic surreal.

Author Bio

John Hawkes (1925-1998) was born in Stamford Connecticut. He graduated from Harvard in 1949 and went on to teach English at Brown University. His highly experimental works--complex ambiguous and grimly humorous--blend everyday reality with menacing hallucinations. He is considered to be one of America's most innovative and experimental writers. Former student of John Hawkes and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides has contributed a preface that he wrote as a eulogy and read at Hawkes' memorial service in Providence Rhode Island in 1998.

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