Bay of Arrows

Bay of Arrows

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
A college professor obsessed with writing an epic poem about the journey of Christopher Columbus finally gets a grant and takes his family to the Dominican Republic where Columbus first saw inhabitants of the New World. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Jay Parini's previous novel, The Last Station (Holt, 1990), was described by Gore Vidal as "easily one of the best historical novels written in the last twenty years." Now, in Bay of Arrows, Parini redefines the genre of historical fiction itself.
Geno, or Christopher Genovese, is a forty-two-year-old professor at a small Vermont college. His wife, Susan, finds him exasperating, while to his young sons, James and Milo, he is downright dangerous. Obsessed by the long poem about Columbus that he's been writing for years, he lets his family responsibilities slide. When he responds in kind to one of his favorite student's sexual overtures, he is really sunk.
In the nick of time, the MacAlastair Foundation bestows upon Geno a tax-free "genius" grant in excess of a half million dollars: he takes off for a remote part of the Dominican Republic. Like Robinson Crusoe, he and his dumbstruck family begin life anew on an inlet called the Bay of Arrows. It was here, five hundred years before, that Columbus first met resistance in the New World, when the Taino Indians drove him away, back to Europe, with a shower of arrows.
Juxtaposed to Geno's story is the story of Columbus retold in vivid, often comic vignettes: as a boy fishing off the coast of Genoa; courting the daughter of a wealthy family; begging for a royal sponsor; in the New World, encountering the naked daughter of a Taino chief; returning to Seville in chains. The novel's twin streams merge in a bizarre climax of magical realism worthy of a poet and novelist of Parini's stature.
Bay of Arrows is a comic novel about history as projection and a witty expose of patriarchal power of the kind that informed the Columbus expeditions to the New World and continues to undermine even the most well-intentioned of contemporary marriages.

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& Taylor

A college professor obsessed with writing an epic poem about the journey of Christopher Columbus finally gets a grant and takes his family to the Dominican Republic where Columbus first witnessed inhabitants of the new world

Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805016765
0805016767
Branch Call Number: FICTION PARINI
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 22 cm

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