RARA-AVIS: Whores for Gloria

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 20 Oct 2006

I've been wanting to read something by William Vollmann for a while. I was afraid I wouldn't like his writing, so I chose the shortest novel I could find. Read it on the flight back from Jacksonville. In spite of the pornographic-sounding title and the frequently sordid content, it works out to be a sad and sentimental piece. The novel records the experiences of Jimmy, an alcoholic Vietnam veteran living in a sleazy hotel in a San Francisco neighborhood populated by drug pushers and prostitutes. From stories he coaxes out of various whores, Jimmy attempts to construct a fantasy life for himself with a never-present woman named Gloria. Not a bad novel.


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