"MARLOWE IN THE SOUTH SEAS" BY PHILIP WAGNER

By William Markiewicz

Marlowe, a demobilized Vietnam GI, tells his story with precise and elegant style. Marlowe is a sharp observer of life and souls. He knows how to distill meaning even in banal situations because he is a naturally intense, though discreet introverted character. With a bunch of his friends/roommates, he is engaged in an existentialist lifestyle. Wit and decadence are their food for soul. Only one of them, the rocker, has a design for his life. Marlowe, an intellectual with soft edges, is more interested in finding love than a niche in society. Here, his romantic engagement with the Filipino prostitute, Polly, escapes me. No matter how the author bends the edges, for me they remain strangers to each other. She will never be his Galatea, nor he her Pygmalion. But, after all, it is their own business. As a reader I am more interested in the literary lion's claw than in the outcome of a situation. And here my craving is fulfilled. Even in ordinary situations the book carries the reader along a rapid uninterrupted stream, as happens when words and ideas match each other perfectly.

Philip Wagner is Editor and Publisher of the literary magazine "The Iconoclast"
"Marlowe in the South Seas" is published by Cove View Press and available at $11.95 (U.S.) from "The Iconoclast", 1675 Amazon Road, Mohegan Lake NY, 10547-1804



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