Thomas McGuane Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Thomas McGuane Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Thomas McGuane’s fictional universe is a “man’s world.” His protagonists appear to do whatever they do for sport and to escape ordinary reality. They seek a world where they can, without restraint, be whoever they choose to be. This goal puts them at odds with prevailing social customs and middle-class ideas of morality and achievement. Unfortunately, most of these quests end in frustration. Finding themselves quite apart from the normal flow of society, McGuane’s protagonists must try all the harder to fulfill themselves. As a result, they easily become self-absorbed and further jeopardize whatever ties they might once have had to conventional life. Usually this tie is to a woman, who, for her own self-fulfillment, must...

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