Summer 1964 • Vol. XXVI No. 3 Book Reviews |

Enemies of Love

Second Skin by John Hawkes. New Directions. $4.00. Behold Goliath by Alfred Chester. Random House. $4.95. The Long Voyage by Jorge Semprun. Translated by Richard Seaver. Grove Press. $4.50. The Barracks by John McGahern. The Macmillan Company. $3.95. "Until now the cemetery has been my battleground," says Skipper, aging narrator of Second Skin. He relates the highlights of his "naked history" as a self-conscious, scrutinizing, fat, foolish, behind-the-scenes, sea dolphin, seasick sailor of a lover assailed by destructive images of romantic love. Although he is "destined to live out" his fantasies and "the sadistic fantasies of friends, children and possessive lovers," Skipper triumphs over certain people and landscapes. "Anyone who has gotten down on his knees to vomit has discovered, if only by accident, the position of prayer." This quotation expresses the paradox of a novel whose energy comes from the interplay of charged images of carnage and fructification, love

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