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The King in the Tree: Three Novellas These three novellas share one set of themes -- desire gone haywire and the tortures of jealousy. Millhauser, who won the Pulitzer Prize for 1996's...The King in the Tree: Three NovellasFiction These three novellas share one set of themes -- desire gone haywire and the tortures of jealousy. Millhauser, who won the Pulitzer Prize for 1996's...2003-03-14
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The King in the Tree: Three Novellas

Genre: Fiction; Author: Steven Milhauser

These three novellas share one set of themes – desire gone haywire and the tortures of jealousy. Millhauser, who won the Pulitzer Prize for 1996’s Martin Dressler, devises the first and best, ”Revenge,” as a monologue: A woman gives her husband’s mistress a tour of the home she wrecked and the reader an inventory of her haunted head. ”I do hope I’m not sounding histrionic,” she says. But of course she is, and her unhinged rhythms give the piece a nerve-racking energy. In comparison, ”An Adventure of Don Juan” and ”The King in the Tree” (about mythical lovers Tristan and Iseult) are static fables, too stiff to be seductive.

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