Margery Kempe (High Risk Books)

Book Margery Kempe (High Risk Books)

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- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:204
- Publisher: Serpent's Tail; Main edition (November 1, 1994)
- Bestsellers rank: 1
- Category: Gay & Lesbian
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Based on fragments from the Christian mystic's autobiography written in the 1430s and the author's tale of unrequited gay love, offers a story of Margery's sexual obsession with visits from Jesus

Margery Kempe lives up to neither its potential nor its premise. Gluck (Jack the Modernist) attempts to juxtapose his obsession for a young man called "L." with the grotesque lust of a 15th-century mystic for Jesus. The historical Kempe followed her prolific marriage (14 children) with a round of pilgrimages, which she recorded in The Book of Margery Kempe, one of the earliest autobiographies. Gluck's character is rendered as an offensive creature who seeks sainthood through a sexual alliance with Jesus. In sections devoted to the author's affair with "L.," the prose is lyrical and elegant, heavy with Gluck's growing dependency and despondency: "My last word when I die will be his name-to say it in the grandest setting." Conversely, those with Kempe are filled with graphic, disparaging remarks about women (including descriptions of the genitalia of every female character, no matter how minor). It's not the idea of Jesus having a sex life that is so repellent but the strident explicitness-a marked contrast from Gluck and L.'s lovemaking, which comes as a natural part of their story and depicts the author's all-consuming passion. Lastly, Gluck's Margery is so ugly and coarse she doesn't come across as a woman at all-just a man's skewed rendering of one. Whatever Gluck's intention, he has failed. Perhaps Margery knew better than he "that failure was intrinsic, success merely an exception." Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. G., the fictive author of this short, steamy novel, surrealistically juxtaposes his obsession with his young male lover, L., and the equally romantic obsession of the fifteenth-century would-be saint Margery Kempe, who took a vow of chastity after enjoying years of carnal love with her husband John and bearing him 14 children. The book swirls with lust as Margery envisions her sexual bliss with a well-endowed Jesus and, just as ecstatically, her spiritual union with him as a ticket to sainthood. There is something peculiarly appealing about this ambitious, upstaging woman who perseveres even when her fellow religious enthusiasts shun her and her sexual rantings. Although many may find a Jesus who tongue-kisses and says, "I'm horny," dismaying, and Gl{}uck's intercutting of fifteenth-century visions and twentieth-century gay eroticism disorienting, the book's sheer audacity may help it find an avid niche audience. Whitney Scott

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  • By #1 reviewer of all time on January 31, 2016

    Lovely, reckless, elegant, true, fabulous, forever new, intimate, grand: the text makes me long for a human world that read poet-written novels.

  • By Victory Silvers on April 11, 2005

    I had to read this book for one of my classes after reading "The Book of Margery Kempe". How do I best describe this? Well, the author tells the story of Margery and Jesus' love affair, while at the same time, telling the story of modern gay lovers. Besides the graphic sex, I felt like the modern love story was a bit undeveloped. Definitely an odd book.

  • By An Eager Beaver on November 17, 2015

    A work of bizarre and disorientating Jesus. I mean GENIUS.

  • By An avid reader on October 14, 2005

    Is there a good book that is not, in some fundamental way, odd? This book is odd, and it is brilliant, and if you're a little odd yourself, it will do you rapturous good to read it. I've hesitated too long to take the plunge... Don't make the same mistake. Read this book now!

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