Fitz Link horn barely managed to make a living pumping out cesspools, but his consuming vocation was “Born Again” preaching from the courthouse steps in 1930 Arroyo, Texas; it was a small, mostly Hispanic, and heavily Catholic town in the Rio Grande Valley. Dove had no education because his father had not wanted to send him to a school with a Catholic principal (And what else could there have been in Arroyo?).
Instead, he was supposed to see movies with Byron to learn about life, but Dove never got to go; his brother did not have the price of a ticket. Dove began hanging around the La Fe en Dies chili parlor in the ruins of the Hotel Crockett on the other side of town.
The hotel was closed, but the seldom-visited café was run by Teresina Vidavarri, a wary woman traumatized by her marriage, aged sixteen, with a middle-aged ex-soldier who raped her with a swagger stick on their wedding night. Dove took up with a girl named Kitty Twist, a runaway from a children's home, and saved her life when she was about to fall under the wheels of a train.
In the port city, with its many influences and cultures, Dove experienced his most interesting adventures. He worked as a painter on a steamship (but did not paint anything), fooled a prostitute who was trying to rob him, sold coffeepots and “beauty certificates” (which supposedly entitled the bearer to a treatment at a beauty shop) while seducing the women to whom he was selling, and, in his most memorable escapade, worked in a condom factory.
The condoms, which were called O-Daddies and bore interesting names and colors, were made in a house by a mom-and-pop firm, Velma and Rhino Gross. Dove's lengthiest stay was with the people who inhabited the twin worlds of Oliver Finery's brothel and Doc Dockery's speakeasy.
In the brothel he found, in addition to his old friend Kitty Twist, who had become a prostitute, Hallie Breedlove, a onetime schoolteacher who was the star of Finery's string of girls. Hallie was in love with Achilles Schmidt, a former circus strongman whose legs had been cut off by a train.
Dove spent five months in jail with the colorful petty criminals of “Tank Ten”. Once out, he ran in Dockery's bar into Schmidt, now wise to Dove's affair with Hallie.
^ a b c Richard Flanagan, “Prophet of the neon wilderness”, The Sunday Telegraph, January 29, 2006 (reprinted as “Introduction”, dated “October 2005”, in the novel's digital edition, Canon gate Books, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84767-649-8): 'As Agree admitted, the book “wasn't written until long after it had been walked… I found my way to the streets on the other side of the Southern Pacific station, where the big jokes were singing something called 'Walking the Wild Side of Life.' ^ Josh Lu kin, Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States, 2008, ISBN 1934110876, p. 39.
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