It is a risky (and risque) business becoming 'Woman Triumphant' - exercising total power over men like Rusty Godowski. Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood star like everyone else at Buck Loner's academy, but now that Buck's niece, Myra Breckinridge, has arrived, the curriculum is taking a wildly strange turn. Willing to risk all to be superb and unique, Myra means to prove to her old friend Dr Montag that it is possible to work out in life all one's fantasies - and survive. 'From Myra's fist appearnce on the page she was a megastar', explains her creator, Gore Vidal. Myra caused a second furore when she returned in Myron to battle it out with her eponymous alter ego, a drab little man fallen into marriage and a job in Chinese catering. Theirs is a contest of hormonal roulette, with glorious Myra off on time-travelling missions of mercy back to 1948 to try to change cinema history and to introduce her own radical theories of popuation control. Meanwhile Myron tries desperately to stay in the present as inconspicuously as Mrya will allow.
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Given that Mr. Vidal has something vaguely wicked to say about the non-culture of the neon, bearded present, and the celluloid culture that brought it all on; that he is also, even more vaguely, unsettled by popular sexual quests of various sorts-nonetheless this little gasper is mainly fun and prurient frolic. Solitary in the awareness of the truths of the Forties' Great Films (the "entire range of human legend...no irrelevant film was made") Myra Breckinridge, "whom no man will ever possess," works her will, vocally and kinetically, among the total and semi-innocents of Uncle Duck's acting academy in Hollywood. Taking on the hapless Buck in uneven combat (he's the uncle of her late husband Myron) Myra sets sail toward the visonary world of single sex, where men are not precisely men and women expand hitherto neglected possibilities of communication. Practice follows theory head-on, as a young, stumbling heterosexual named Rusty is let in on the New Age in a chapter that curls the pages; and Myra is left with Rusty's girl friend, little Mary Ann, another fathom on to the uncharted uterine. But it seems that surgery rather than City Hall had blended identities, and an auto accident revives Myron (who marries Mary Ann), rejects Myra, and is active in Planned Parenthood, the Great Dagwood Bumstead of the Great Sixties....In spite of some hilarious moments, the narrow focus palls-more groin than grin. Dedicated to Christopher Isherwood. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' series as well as countless bestsellers. He died on 31st July 2012.