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The Orgy by Muriel Rukeyser

The Orgy

by Muriel Rukeyser

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This is a highly personal account of the author's attendance at a 3-day horse fair in Ireland. It is far more. . .homage to Puck, in the form of a goat; drinking to the extreme, throngs of visitors walking thru dung-infused mud, fights and yet a certain amount of cultural connections. (A book long unread on my shelf. The book jacket shows the goat: crowned with bells, hoisted up to a makeshift tower. Gypsy children pose in their new clothes and a young man is dancing.It is a better cover than one shown here.) ( )
  Esta1923 | Jul 31, 2010 |
I read this many years ago and was swept away by Rukeyser's writing. Her other books are mostly poetry (also excellent). This is a quiet and reflective novel set in Ireland during the Puck Fair, in which a goat is crowned king. It is a story of self-discovery, based on Rukeyser's own life. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Nov 8, 2008 |
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Those who have traveled know the experience of extended time and sharpened perception. Muriel Rukeyser’s account of Ireland's Puck Fair, the last existing pagan festival of the goat, captures just that state of consciousness. Set in County Kerry, Ireland, The Orgy evokes this great American poet’s journey of sensual and psychological transformation in the midst of a lush account of Irish culture and tradition.

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