They Whisper Hardcover – Mar 14 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Pulitzer recipient Butler's lyrical novel in which a 35-year-old man recounts a succession of erotic affairs was a four-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Butler has already published six novels to subdued response, but his first collection of stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain ( LJ 5/1/92), won the Pultizer Prize. This new novel details the rich, erotic life of Ira Holloway, an ordinary 40-year-old guy.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Ira Holloway is the narrator, but form time to time he lets women he knows to speak for themselves, rather these women whisper to him their inner thought and desires, their view of the situation. When he meets Fiona, they immediately fall in love, and get married, but they can have a normal life, because both are hunted by dark past secrets that may lead the to hell. Him from the Vietan war, and beautiful Vietnamese that he loved. Her secrets are about her childhood, and they may push her toward madness. After his son is born he changes completely --well, sort of-- and starts to concentrate his love on the boy --and consequently to the boy's mother (his wife), once he doesn't her to suffer and make the kid suffer too. And this is really beautiful.
It is admirable how sincere Butler is when it comes to both male and female feelings. One may wonder how he knows so much about human psyche and the process of loving and desiring someone. This book is a great read, but, again, not for everyone. Some people may be offended by Butler sincerity and even call him sexist-- what is not true. Moreover, it is a book that it is not easy to forget.
i thought fiona's story was excellent , yet sad....
A little bit predatory, a little crude, with not a small amount of self-centeredness and condescension, Butler writes lovingly of the smells, tastes and heat of sex. His tales of pursuit and conquest are the closest thing in print to a real affair.
He genuinely loves women -- all women -- and his desire to possess all of them is startlingly real and musky.
Most recent customer reviews
I couldn't get into this book. The man is obsessed by women and seems to think about nothing else. Then he does not love his woman and plays the suffering martyr. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by Judy Edwards
Butler sneaks a deep peak into all the women he loved. When he makes love to every one of them, he mysteriously could sense their inner feelings. Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Keesak
Beautiful language; slightly erotic. Interesting perspective on women from a male point of view. About two-thirds of the way through it becomes a bit boring, but continue... Read morePublished on Dec 17 1999
Worth the read just for the prose. Butler is the current king of erotic literature, with an ability to write it out so that you feel every single nuance of his desires.Published on Aug. 27 1999
I could not put this book down for a minute and I could not beleive that a male author could write so eloqently, sexually and emotionally, about his love for women. Read morePublished on June 3 1999
I have loaned this book to many female friends. I am amazed at the number who return it unread. They have no clue to the sumptuous secrets that are revealed.Published on April 25 1999