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Book Title: An Odor of Sanctity|
The author of the book: Frank Yerby
ISBN 13: 9780803765313
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 490 KB
Date of issue: June 1st 1965
Read full description of the books An Odor of Sanctity:"Is that lingering smell the odor of sanctity or is it...whore's scent?"
An Odor of Sanctity is what you get when you combine a loquacious author, a manual typewriter, a grand concept, a publishing contract for a sensational book, and no plot.
Frank Yerby wrote some entertaining novels. This isn't one of them.
Here is the grand concept: Alaric Teudisson, a Visigoth prince, comes of age in the ninth century, CE, as the conquering Goths are losing their influence and power over the people of the Iberian peninsula. Moors, Berbers, Jews, and Greeks inhabit the land along with the native Iberians and the Visigoths, and each vie for cultural and political influence. The times certainly are changing. A devout and religious young man, Alaric makes many stupid mistakes and has a habit of getting into sexless marriages. For the fair and pretty Alaric, that means he can be guilt-ridden and weird about the women of various ethnic backgrounds with whom he becomes entangled. For the reader, that means being subjected to multiple gratuitous scenes of explicit sexual violation and violence.
When Yerby's editor read the manuscript, the editor must have rationalized publishing the book by thinking Alaric was a Hamlet/Christ figure. When I read the book, I thought Yerby had no plot, used desperately inconsistent characterization, and wrote ridiculous and juvenile plot twists to rescue his rudderless story when he had written himself into a hole. The editor must have thought the book would sell hundreds of thousands of copies since it included a gruesome castration episode and blue torture scenes. I thought if the novel had been consistently over the top, Alaric's epic tale might have at least provided some amusement. With the unceasing meandering of the almost nonexistent plot and the wadding up and throwing away of the novel's most interesting characters, the protagonist became a dullard and his story, even more so.
Alaric Teudisson should have sued Frank Yerby for wrongful birth.
This book features numerous oddities. Why did these ninth century multi-ethnic Iberians speak a pidgin of combined Elizabethan English and mid-century American English? Why did Alaric and his companions sound like Unitarians sipping tea in John Dewey's living room when they discussed religion and philosophy? Why did Yerby, an African American himself, use gross racial sobriquets and insults when describing characters of color, such as when he described one of Alaric's African lovers as a "black as night she-baboon"? Why are the sensationalized scenes of the book gruesomely graphic, as when Alaric's first wife gangbangs all the men of a Berber band in the middle of their campsite, and sex scenes between lovers are so gauzy and subdued, the readers don't know whether the point of view character has had an orgasm or has sneezed? Why didn't someone take this manuscript out into the backyard, pour gasoline on it, and set afire?
At one point, Alaric gets on his horse to ride to Cordoba to rescue his one-of-many true loves. Along the way, his horse stops, refuses to go forward, and turns to take Alaric off on a side story to fix an unresolved plot problem. When the hero's horse makes the calls on a novel's narrative arc, you know you are in trouble.
Read information about the authorBorn in Augusta, Georgia to Rufus Garvin Yerby, an African American, and Wilhelmina Smythe, who was caucasian. He graduated from Haines Normal Institute in Augusta and graduated from Paine College in 1937. Thereafter, Yerby enrolled in Fisk University where he received his Master's degree in 1938. In 1939, Yerby entered the University of Chicago to work toward his doctorate but later left the university. Yerby taught briefly at Florida A&M University and at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Frank Yerby rose to fame as a writer of popular fiction tinged with a distinctive southern flavor. In 1946 he became the first African-American to publish a best-seller with The Foxes of Harrow. That same year he also became the first African-American to have a book purchased for screen adaptation by a Hollywood studio, when 20th Century Fox optioned Foxes. Ultimately the book became a 1947 Oscar-nominated film starring Rex Harrison and Maureen O'Hara. Yerby was originally noted for writing romance novels set in the Antebellum South. In mid-century he embarked on a series of best-selling novels ranging from the Athens of Pericles to Europe in the Dark Ages. Yerby took considerable pains in research, and often footnoted his historical novels. In all he wrote 33 novels.
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