The King in the Tree: 3 Novellas by Steven Millhauser

By Steven Millhauser

A grasp of literary transformation, Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser turns his realization to the ameliorations of affection in those 3 hypnotic novellas. whereas ostensibly displaying her domestic to a potential patron, the narrator of "Revenge" unfolds an origami-like narrative of betrayal and psychic violence. In "An experience of Don Juan" the mythical seducer seeks out new diversion on an English kingdom property with devastating effects. And the identify novella retells the tale of Tristan and Ysolt from the agonized point of view of King Mark, a husband who compulsively seems to be for facts of his wife's adultery but compulsively denies what he reveals. Combining attraction as historical as Sheherezade's with up to the moment acuity and unease, The King within the Tree is Millhauser at his best.

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I don’t fucking care. I just want to get high. I agree that makes me sound like somebody who loves the person he’s talking about. Cool. 57 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK But I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I don’t either. Let me do my shot. I mean if I do, I do, and if I don’t, I don’t. I don’t care. Hold on a second. I mean I probably do. Whatever. Look, I love you. I want to have sex with you. I want you to love me, okay? But you’re ruining my high, so please shut the fuck up.

42 ■■■■■ UGLY M A N What are you saying? I don’t know what I’m saying. I’m just saying it. Forget it. It’s just fucking bullshit anyway. What is? You want to fuck me but you don’t want to fuck me or I don’t know. I do. Bullshit. I don’t want to do it anyway. You’d just hate me after that. You’re the one who’d hate me. 43 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK No, I wouldn’t. Why, what do you think you’d feel? It depends on what you felt. What do you think I’d feel? That I’m an ugly, skinny piece of shit who’s boring in bed.

You just said that. Ideally, yeah. Realistically, no. Didn’t you say that? Basically. 36 ■■■■■ UGLY M A N Then I don’t understand. It’s not a realistic idea. But I’ve fucked everything up, and you never made it seem like I was so . . Oh, forget it. Whatever. I really don’t care. Look, you’re straight. Fuck you. And you’re a junkie. You chose that. You don’t care about anything but doing dope. How do you fucking know? 37 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK What, I’m wrong? I . . Fuck, man. What? You know what I’m going to say.

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