Beneath the lush surface, the residents of Swan Song hardly leave any of the seven deadly sins unexplored thoroughly. It’s a novel that is as interested in the literary value of Truman Capote’s approach to writing and his life as it is in the moral decay of the most privileged. It’s this decade’s The Secret History.
Today there is cauliflower for dinner, washed and cut, white florets of boredom. Cauliflower was relief till it became an imposition. First grandmother and then mother-in-law told me how to cook it, as if the success of my marriage rested on the cauliflower.
Transparent discussion of female sexuality and sexual desires is still limited and often undermined by the male sexual experience. How does Anais Nin’s literary marriage of high linguistics and base corporeal desires create a new language for describing the female sexual experience?
Only Killers and Thieves is beautifully crafted as a very personal story, with brothers Tommy and Billy at the centre of it, while around them we witness the perishing of their family, the real authorities acting above everything, and the story of a country whose history was built on violence and pain.