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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:756
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543966459

Falcon Will Give Birth to the Rover

Much Ado About Nobody

by Keith Fahey

Overview

Brooding on your nothingness? Let the Falcon distract you awhile (700 pages with 38 pages of notes. March 2019 edition) …

"Falcon Will Give Birth" is a comic salute to the epic tradition. This epic was mandated by the Flights of Apollo and by our own Trojan War.

"Falcon" is a work of imaginative nonfiction, inspired and sustained by various epics, an historical autobiography caught up in headlines and events. Epi is a Nobody taking notes, swirling with the times: Wishywashy Epimetheus Kohoutek, who lived in his car because he wished to be a singer.

"Falcon" is the Quest for the Higher Self, brought to surface dreams by the Flights of Apollo: "If they can get to the Moon, why can't I [fill in the blank]?" ...

Description

Brooding on your nothingness? Let the Falcon distract you awhile (700 pages with 38 pages of notes) …

"Falcon Will Give Birth" is a comic salute to the epic tradition. This epic was mandated by the Flights of Apollo and by our own Trojan War.

"Falcon" is a work of imaginative nonfiction, inspired and sustained by various epics, an historical autobiography caught up in headlines and events. Epi is a Nobody taking notes, swirling with the times: Wishywashy Epimetheus Kohoutek, who lived in his car because he wished to be a singer.

"Falcon" is the Quest for the Higher Self, brought to surface dreams by the Flights of Apollo: "If they can get to the Moon, why can't I [fill in the blank]?" It is the Quest for Homecoming—"Recreation," Zeus calls it—brought to surface dreams by faux return from the Winless War, when Epi knew he must read the "Odyssey." Where else can he find clues for true return—not least the mystery of the ten-year struggle to find Ithacan shores? It can't be that hard, can it?

An epic is an epic not because of its length, but because of its inclusion: stories that include many tribes and city-states, and speak to many nations. Some inclusions restore headlines that made time stand still, stories of people who yet live in Epi, whose inspirations may even hint your own story.

Whether you read "Falcon" or not, may you find the joy within the sorrows of your own Quest.

About the author

Keith Fahey is most unknown for his essay "On Reading with an Equal Eye," in Leviathan, May 2011, a Melville journal. (He now thinks he should have stuck with his original title, "Rape of the Leg.")

"Falcon Will Give Birth" is a lifelong project. It was conceived in 1968 with the Flight of Apollo 8 ("If the Earth is so beautiful, why do we make it so ... ugly?"), though the writing labors were not begun until 1986. After years of publisher indifference, he decided to publish it himself.

He accepts disappointment by meditating the nature of the Quest (endurance, persistence), and by invoking his favorite mantra: "Surrender yourself to the artist." Surrendering, for the nonce, to the lyric harmonies of Calysta Bevier, who, he imagines, sees his droplet on the ocean, and calls him to be brave ...

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