The houri of Nabby Adams

Nabby Adams opens a Tiger or Anchor or Carlsberg and a Siamese อัปสร (‘apon’) — or it may be modelled on a Khmer ទេពអប្សរ (‘apsara’) — emerges from the bottle. These celestial concubines are, I understand, called bidadari on the Malay peninsula where, needless to say, there is a great deal of lingering pre-Islamic lore.

‘[Nabby Adams’s] real wife, his houri, his paramour was everywhere waiting, genie-like, in a bottle [of Tiger or Anchor or Carlsberg]. The hymeneal gouging-off of the bottle-top, the kiss of the brown bitter yeasty flow, the euphoria far beyond the release of detumescence.’

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