The God in Flight In The God in Flight Laura Argiri tries to write a Victorian novel about a virtually unspeakable subject in Victorian times: gay love and sex.… The God in Flight In The God in Flight Laura Argiri tries to write a Victorian novel about a virtually unspeakable subject in Victorian times: gay love and sex.… Fiction
Book Review

The God in Flight

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Laura Argiri; Genre: Fiction

In The God in Flight Laura Argiri tries to write a Victorian novel about a virtually unspeakable subject in Victorian times: gay love and sex. The result is a romantic melodrama, set at Yale in the 1880s. Call it campus camp. Its characters ride in horse-drawn buggies, fight migraine headaches with laudanum, and long quaintly for ''carnal gratification.'' Art professor Doriskos Klionarios looks and sculpts like a Greek god. His teenage student, Simion Satterwhite, has a faunlike beauty and a genius for math. Their true love triumphs over child abuse, anorexia, homophobia, censorship, and the violence of bigots. In fact, Argiri's 1880s sound more hopeful than our 1990s — an irony that gives this lush, effusive work some satiric bite. B

Originally posted Feb 03, 1995 Published in issue #260 Feb 03, 1995 Order article reprints
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