Myra Breckinridge

Myra Breckinridge

Gore Vidal / May 21, 2019

Myra Breckinridge Determined to reinvent himself and explore new territory in his work Gore Vidal published a provocative satirical work destined to be on a collision course with social conventions in Written as

  • Title: Myra Breckinridge
  • Author: Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9781125979488
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Determined to reinvent himself and explore new territory in his work, Gore Vidal published a provocative satirical work destined to be on a collision course with social conventions in 1968 Written as a diary, Myra Breckinridge, someone determined not to be possessed by any man, recounts her day as she lives it out in the Hollywood of the 60s Feminism, transsexuality, anDetermined to reinvent himself and explore new territory in his work, Gore Vidal published a provocative satirical work destined to be on a collision course with social conventions in 1968 Written as a diary, Myra Breckinridge, someone determined not to be possessed by any man, recounts her day as she lives it out in the Hollywood of the 60s Feminism, transsexuality, and a host of cinematic jokes abound.

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      • Gore Vidal

        Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation through marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy.Vidal ran for political office twice and was a longtime political critic He was a lifelong isolationist Democrat As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books and Esquire.Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards Additionally he was known for his well publicized spats with such figures as Norman Mailer, William F Buckley, Jr and Truman Capote.Vidal s novels fell into two distinct camps social and historical His best known social novel was Myra Breckinridge his best known historical novels included Julian, Burr and Lincoln His third novel, The City and the Pillar 1948 , outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality At the time of his death he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J D Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he referred to himself as a gentleman bitch and has been described as the 20th century s answer to Oscar WildeAlso used the pseudonym Edgar Box Gore Vidal um dos nomes centrais na hist ria da literatura americana p s Segunda Guerra Mundial Nascido em 1925, em Nova Iorque, estudou na Academia de Phillips Exeter Estado de New Hampshire O seu primeiro romance, Williwaw 1946 , era uma hist ria da guerra claramente influenciada pelo estilo de Hemingway Embora grande parte da sua obra tenha a ver com o s culo XX americano, Vidal debru ou se v rias vezes sobre pocas recuadas, como, por exemplo, em A Search for the King 1950 , Juliano 1964 e Creation 1981 Entre os seus temas de elei o est o mundo do cinema e, mais concretamente, os bastidores de Hollywood, que ele desmonta de forma sat rica e implac vel em t tulos como Myra Breckinridge 1968 , Myron 1975 e Duluth 1983 Senhor de um estilo exuberante, multifacetado e sempre surpreendente, publicou, em 1995, a autobiografia Palimpsest A Memoir As obras O Instituto Smithsonian e A Idade do Ouro encontram se traduzidas em portugu s Neto do senador Thomas Gore, enteado do padrasto de Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, primo distante de Al Gore, Gore Vidal sempre se revelou um espelho cr tico das grandezas e mis rias dos EUA.Faleceu a 31 de julho de 2012, aos 86 anos, na sua casa em Hollywood, v tima de pneumonia.


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    1. HOLLYWOOD QUEENRaquel Welch in tutto il suo splendore.Che il grande paese, il Nuovo Mondo, avesse perso la sua innocenza, nel 1968, il fatidico anno in cui uscì questo romanzo, era un fatto già emerso, anche noto: ma che l’eroe a stelle e strisce potesse incarnarsi in un transessuale!Il celebre capitolo 29.Gore Vidal si chiamava in effetti Gore di cognome, una famiglia della buonissima società, imparentata coi Kennedy, fedeli al partito democratico fino al midollo. Omosessuale precursore di [...]


    2. Imagine having written a book in the 1960s and been criticized over being queer, and then someone reading your book in this day and age and calling you homophobic. What's the phrase I'm looking for "Can't win for losing?" Yeah. That's it. For the record, Gore Vidal was an intellectual who believed sex was a tool of the weak-minded. He didn't care much for love or physical relationships, and this book, above all else, shows that. To his credit, Gore Vidal hated everyone equally, because everyone [...]


    3. I'm a bit baffled by all the people who are offended by the retrograde gender politics of this book. Is it transphobic? Sure, at times. It's also (at times) equally misogynistic as it is man-hating, homophobic as it is radically queer, elitist as it is populist, anti-hippie as it is anti-East Coast elite. The contradictions and topics to take offense at are limitless. This is a true satire, lashing out at all who stand in Myra's path (including Myra herself). Everyone and everything is so comple [...]


    4. A short, depraved, outrageous farce that amuses and bemuses. Both funny and unsettling. Comedy and tragedy collide.Gore Vidal manages to pour scorn on everyone and everything, especially the culture of late 1960's Southern California and everything that went into making it what it was. The central character, Myra, is a seductive anti-heroine whom we may simultaneously root for and despise. The farce is apparent early when we see Myra as alternately a mouthpiece for Vidal and an object for his sc [...]


    5. One of 1968's "shocking" bestsellers that is now a bit of a slog. (As Couples is to Updike; interestingly, the longueurs of both novels are attempts at Joycean stream of consciousness.) But Myra's voice is memorable, and that counts for something.


    6. Writing does not get better than this, but it's definitely not for everyone. It's sick and twisted, but hilarious and beautifully written. Myra Breckinridge is the most powerful female character in books thanks to the voice given to her by Vidal. I could "listen" to her talk all day.


    7. Transphobic, misogynistic, anti-semitic, smug. The transsexual woman as insane, murderous rapist is a fairly tiresome & offensive storyline - especially when the ending involves Myra "recovering" from her insanity to return to life as Myron. Despite Gore Vidal's obvious pleasure with himself as some kind of subversive, the majority of the characters and storylines are actually fairly shallow & undeveloped. It appears that the success of the book relies on the reader responding with shock [...]


    8. Reading any work by Gore Vidal, I am always amazed at how well it stands the test of time. Many of the references in Myra Breckinridge are dated (and certainly would have been at the time of its publication as well), and yet the themes of the story still ring eerily true today. Sexual politics, gender roles, the nature of celebrity – all of these ideas play out today much as they play out in the novel. In particular, the quest for celebrity in the book calls to mind reality television stars of [...]


    9. "Myra Breckinridge" is a classic, brilliant satire of Hollywood. A man, obsessed with bringing down Hollywood, gets a sex change to turn into a gorgeous actress hellbent on destroying mainstream cinema as we know it! Hilarious, really clever.


    10. If I had to choose one book that sums up what you might call ‘the gay sensibility’ it would be this, the story of a power-hungry transsexual rampaging her way through a dismal American college, ravishing hot jocks and referencing 40s films on every page. I was so obsessed by Myra Breckinridge in my 20s that I actually started writing my own diary in her voice. The sequel, Myron, is just as good. I was absolutely horrified when, after Vidal’s death, serious literary commentators suggested t [...]


    11. "I have no clear idea as to my ultimate identity once every fantasy has been acted out with living flesh. All that I do know is that I shall be freed of obsession and, in this at least, be like no one else who ever lived." Thus is the admirable if impossible goal of Vidal's self-titled anti-heroine/hero(?) It's probably no surprise that the pursuit of it, and the methods employed, lead into directions not anticipated. And as a result, the rewards are unexpected. From cynicism a kind of tendernes [...]


    12. This starts out as a really funny, satirical look at Hollywood in the throes of the sexual revolution, but it just becomes tedious, pointless and mean-spirited, like pretty much all of Vidal's books, which for some reason I keep reading. Maybe that says something about me.


    13. Vidal logra atraparte desde la primera página. Capítulos breves van desenvolviendo una personalidad perversamente exquisita: Myra Breckinridge: “que no será poseída nunca por ningún hombre”.Soberbiamente, Vidal logra ir tejiendo un conjunto complejo y organizado de quién es Myra, cómo llegó a ser quién es, quién fue, de qué época estamos hablando, al mismo tiempo que da una cátedra de literatura contemporánea: “no empezaré por el principio porque no hay un principio”, “p [...]


    14. "The novel being dead, there is no point to writing made up stories. Look at the French who will not and the Americans who cannot. Look at me who ought not, if only because I exist entirely outside the usual human experience"- pg. 2


    15. I recently watched a documentary entitled “Best of Enemies.” It was about the 1968 Republican and Democratic National Conventions during which William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal crossed verbal swords in front of a highly entertained America on the ABC television network. One of Buckley’s recurring ripostes during these sessions was that Gore Vidal was the writer of “Myra Breckinridge.” I remember this being regarded as a scandalous book when I was a young boy pornography, in some q [...]


    16. I can't remember anymore if I actually read this book in its entirety or just stood there in the library browsing it at length like some old raincoat-clad pervert. But I should be able to remember it better, even if it did happen in the late '70s when I was in junior high, because I clearly remember that 10 years earlier the first Playboy I ever saw had a pictorial in it from the awful movie they made shortly after Myra Breckinridge's publication. I've never seen the movie in its entirety either [...]


    17. There is so much here to offend you, if you don't know what you're doing. Myra Breckinridge, Woman Triumphant, is not your LGBTQ Heroine! She is not your poster child for Anti-Feminist Bullshit! She is a psychosis, trapped between these two extremes, ripping men and women to sexual confetti. She is The Silence of the Lambs filmed through a Hollywood vaseline lens. "Myra Breckinridge is a dish, and never forget it, you motherfuckers, as the children say nowadays" (5). I could go on and on about t [...]


    18. I fully intend to walk around saying, "I am Myra Breckenridge whom no man will ever possess." Look, its politics are a bitoutmoded. Particularly the pit-pat resolution (I won't spoil this one), which seems to reiterate a normative gender system and narrative structure. The plot is a bit flimsy, or rather, is stretched for quite a long time, when it could easily have been told as a novella. But these things shouldn't keep you from reading it, because it's also ridiculously fun & offensive, &a [...]


    19. Myra Breckenridge is a transgressive piece of fiction that felt like a Palahniuk work before his artistic tendencies even bloomed. The psychological profile of many of the characters was completely captivating and I'm persuaded that Vidal is alot more edgy than I first thought MUCH recommended.


    20. I knew about this book before I read it. Nevertheless, it was the funniest, craziest thing I ever read. By the fourth page, I realized there was nothing else like it on earth.


    21. It's like The Rocky Horror Show where Frankenfurter is Rachel Welch and there are no aliens or time-walk.5* Creation3* Myra Breckinridge


    22. I can understand why it gained notoriety at the time that it came out; tran-sexual, pan-sexual Myron/Myra Breckenridge comes to Hollywood to claim an inheritance from his/her Uncle while following her own delusions of becoming a sexual ubermensch.While there is no question of Vidal's literary prowess, this book is probably not the best example of his abilities. Myra condemns nearly every aspect of American culture and society, while ignoring her own fascination with the equally shallow golden ag [...]


    23. "But the best is yet to come, for I mean to prove once and for all to Dr. Montag that it is possible to work out in life *all* one's fantasies, and so become entirely whole."'Myra Breckinridge' makes strange bedfellows of people who may not seem to have much in common other than they don't like Vidal's bizarre piece. While it has probably lost its shock value for most readers over time, I think it has aged much better than Portnoy's Complaint--I'm not sure why MB and PC are mentioned in the same [...]


    24. Un libro que, si hubiera sido publicado en esta época, sería criticado por la policía de lo políticamente correcto y demás progres, por ser cómicamente homofóbica, antisemítica, machista, superficial y, sobre todo, transfóbica.La protagonista es una transexual desquiciada. Es la primera vez que aparece un transexual en una novela, y es una violadora con problemas mentales. La transexualidad es representada como una enfermedad, de la que la protagonista logra curarse accidentalmente. Y a [...]


    25. I had watched the film version with Raquel Welch and Mae West and found it absolutely incoherent. When I found the book in the Free Books section of my public library, I decided, "Why not? Maybe I can get a little something extra out of it."True, it is every bit misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-Semitic, and pro-rape as everyone says it is. There we go, five things I already dislike. Despite all of this, however, I'm ashamed to say that I actually *really* enjoyed this one, though I'm no [...]


    26. This book is just a wonderful vibrant attack on the prevailing sexual dichotomy. It kinda beggars belief that so long after its publication, it's still so confronting, anarchic and wild. Activists who think that their agitating on Twitter is a worthy undertaking should read this and then crawl away in shame.Some readers may find what happens to poor ole Rusty confronting but should bear in mind that he's a fictional character, nothing more.It's such a pity that the movie has sullied and weakened [...]


    27. Myra fue la novela que me abrió el mundo de posibilidades que es la bibliografia de Gore Vidal, y hasta el sol de hoy no me arrepiento de nada. Degenerada, lasciva, mundana e iluminada por la época dorada de Hollywood. Myra busca no solo conquistar al mundo físico, también el mundo sexual que nace en todos nosotros sin importar el genero. Adelantada a su época, la critica social hacia el conservadurismo es el núcleo de esta obra que ya permite vislumbrar lo multifacetico del autor.


    28. Just reread this after thirty years and, wow, it's better than I remembered, full of incisive cultural critique and hilarious lines. The transsexual angle is not realistic, but one forgives Vidal his absurd conceits because it's all in the name of mocking the binary gender system. The story does end rather abruptly, but there is a sequel.


    29. First of all, hysterical IF you know your classic hollywood stars and trivia. If you're into classic cinema, this is for you. A wonderful social satire. Not the least bit dated: "The brains have been bred out of the current generation." Camp galore. The movie does not do this justice, but Raquel Welch is gorgeous in it.


    30. What a self indulgently good read! Vidal wrote nothing close to this in his previous works and I was a bit taken back in a fantastic sort of way at how comically lewd Myra Breckinridge is. It was a very daring book for the time, but then again Vidal had never been a stranger to controversy in his lifetime.


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