The film is narrated by Stingo
(Peter MacNicol), a writer from the American south who befriends the couple.
With "once," Stingo
refers to his inheritance of $485,"the proceeds of the sale of a 16-year-old negro boy named Artiste," proceeds that are passed on to him and that he lives on while writing his first novel (32).
In telling the story of Sophie Zawistowska and her family in Krakow (or Cracow, as Styron refers to it in the novel) during the Second World War, and her 1947 New York summer with Nathan Landau and Styron's fictionalized younger self, Stingo
, Styron weaves between fiction and fact in the service of verisimilitude.
is an unusual beer which is usually exported and is available once a year from the brewery.
It chanced as in dog-days he sat at his ease, In his flower-woven arbour, as gay as you please, With a friend and a pipe puffing sorrows away, And with honest old stingo
was soaking his clay, His breath-doors of life on a sudden were shut, And he died full as big as a Dorchester butt.
On top of here stands "old ceramic casks, once used for sherry, stingo
, Irish and Scotch whisky".
So much so that in the non-Jewish William Styron's Kunstlerroman, Sophie's Choice, set in 1947 Brooklyn, the aspiring southern writer Stingo
complains, "I saw myself running a pale tenth in a literary track race, coughing on the dust of a pounding fast-footed horde of Bellows and Schwartzes and Levys and Mandelbaums" (139).
She lives just outside Oxford with her husband Paul, 38, a graphic designer, and spends her weekends in her front room writing lusty tales with just her cats Fifi, Bumble and Stingo
Pauwels describes the Stingo
as "bold and full-bodied, with a big malty nose, hints of dark malt, chocolate, licorice, and black fruits, and just the right amount of tartness in the finish.
Others served in recent months include Kelham Island Pale Rider, Acorn Stingo
, Skinner's Wheat Beer and Jaipur.
Canadian tenor Gordon Gietz as the budding young novelist, Stingo
, however, doesn't quite have the same set of thespian skills to draw on.
What do stingo
, fopdoodle and maffle all have in common?