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Pages: 373

Language: English

Publisher: Anchor: 1st Edition. edition (Mar. 1988)

By: Thomas (1926-) Williams (Author)

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In 1975 the National Book Award Fiction Prize was awarded to two writers: Robert Stone and Thomas Williams. Yet only Stone's 'Dog Soldiers' is still remembered today. That oversight is startling when considering the literary impact of 'The Hair of Harold Roux.' A dazzlingly crafted novel-within-a-novel hailed as a masterpiece, it deserves a new generation of readers. 'In The Hair of Harold Roux,' we are introduced to Aaron Benham: college professor, writer, husband, and father. Aaron-when he can focus-is at work on a novel, 'The Hair of Harold Roux,' a thinly disguised autobiographical account of his college days. In Aaron's novel, his alter ego, Allard Benson, courts a young woman, despite the efforts of his rival, the earnest and balding Harold Roux-a GI recently returned from World War II with an unfortunate hairpiece. What unfolds through Aaron's mind, his past and present, and his nested narratives is a fascinating exploration of sex and friendship, responsibility and regret, youth and middle age, and the essential fictions that see us through.
'Williams's novel is terrific: it is sweet, funny and sexy Williams is an accomplished magician.'-'Newsweek'

'Everywhere the language flows from the purest vernacular to the elevations demanded by distilled perception. Our largest sympathies are roused, tormented and consoled.'-'Washington Post Book World'

'A wonderfully old-fashioned writer that dinosaur among contemporary writers of fiction, an actual storyteller.'-John Irving'

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