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The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck A Comedy of Limitations   By: (1879-1958)

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In James Branch Cabell's novel, "The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck: A Comedy of Limitations," readers are led on an extraordinary adventure that is both humorous and thought-provoking. Set in the fictional realm of Poictesme, the story follows the life of protagonist Dom Manuel, a nobleman with grand aspirations and an equally grand lineage.

The narrative cleverly explores the theme of limitations, bringing to light the constraints imposed on individuals by their social status and familial obligations. Cabell masterfully weaves together elements of fantasy and satire, creating a unique and captivating reading experience. Through his engaging prose, the author invites readers to reflect on the absurdity of societal norms and question the extent to which these limitations actually dictate one's life.

What truly sets this novel apart is its cast of eccentric and colorful characters. Dom Manuel, in particular, shines as a complex and dynamic protagonist. His desire for greatness clashes with the practicality demanded by his responsibilities, resulting in a series of comical and often unexpected events. Cabell's skillful writing captures the essence of these characters, presenting them with an uncanny depth that both entertains and provokes contemplation.

"The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck" is a witty and intelligent work that navigates the boundaries of morality, showcasing the duality of human nature. Cabell's prose is filled with clever wordplay, vivid descriptions, and thought-provoking metaphors, offering readers rich and rewarding language to savor. The philosophical undertones of the novel encourage readers to question the societal constructs surrounding them and consider alternative paths to fulfillment.

This book is not without its challenges, however. Cabell's writing style can be dense at times, requiring readers to actively engage with the text and unpack its various layers of meaning. Likewise, the novel's extensive use of mythical allusions and references may not be readily accessible to all readers. Nevertheless, those who are willing to invest their time and thought into this novel will be rewarded with a profound and memorable reading experience.

Overall, "The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck: A Comedy of Limitations" is a delightful and intellectually stimulating literary work that showcases James Branch Cabell's mastery of wit, satire, and philosophical exploration. As an entertaining yet profound piece of fiction, this novel will undoubtedly leave readers pondering the nature of personal limitations and pondering the endless possibilities that lie beyond them.

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THE RIVET IN GRANDFATHER'S NECK

A Comedy of Limitations

BY

JAMES BRANCH CABELL

" To this new South, who values her high past in chief, as fit foundation of that edifice whereon she labors day by day, and with augmenting strokes ."

1915

TO

PRISCILLA BRADLEY CABELL

"Nightly I mark and praise, or great or small, Such stars as proudly struggle one by one To heaven's highest place, as Procyon, Antarês, Naös, Tejat and Nibal Attain supremacy, and proudly fall, Still glorious, and glitter, and are gone So very soon; whilst steadfast and alone Polaris gleams, and is not changed at all.

"Daily I find some gallant dream that ranges The heights of heaven; and as others do, I serve my dream until my dream estranges Its errant bondage, and I note anew That nothing dims, nor shakes, nor mars, nor changes, Fond faith in you and in my love of you."

CONTENTS

PART ONE PROPINQUITY

PART TWO RENASCENCE

PART THREE TERTIUS

PART FOUR APPRECIATION

PART FIVE SOUVENIR

PART SIX BYWAYS

PART SEVEN YOKED

PART EIGHT HARVEST

PART NINE RELICS

PART TEN IMPRIMIS

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