• The Horn

    The Horn (Paperback) By (author) John Clellon Holmes


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    DescriptionSet in 1940s New York, this novel centres on the life of Edgar Pool, a legendary tenor saxophonist who once remade jazz, but who is now in decline both musically and personally. Awards received by Holmes, author of novels, essays and poetry, include the Guggenheim Fellowship.

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    The Horn
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Clellon Holmes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Weight: 196 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140122114
    ISBN 10: 0140122117

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC20: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    31 May 1990
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    From Go (Scribner- 1952) this goes on through the twilight world of dark faces, of hot music and cool jazz, of the dedication which is ultimately a destruction. In what is at best a shambling narrative, this is the elegy of one Edgar Pool, once the demanding, proud "evil Father" of them all who with his horn could blow the truth, but now is a lushed ruin with a convulsive cough. Geordie who had once loved him, Walden Blue who learned from him and still remembers what he had been, search for Edgar through the city- Edgar who is trying to hustle up fifty dollars to go back to K.C., and whom they find in the Go Hole. Drunk, sick, Edgar gets up to play for the last time (and like the Young Man With who is his unforgettable prototype) blows out his lungs.... Moaning Man I mean low, in a thick, spasmic prose, this is only for those committed. (Kirkus Reviews)