by Peter Markus
Fiction. Illustrated by Derek White. "In this spare and simple novel, Markus shapes and reshapes river and mud into a protean world perpetually reasserting itself through rituals that are at once down-home and arcane. There is a whole mythology here, generated privately between two brothers engaged in an always childlike (and for that reason all the more serious) task of c...more
Published October 2nd 2006 by Calamari Press
(first published 2001)
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This book is hard to comment on because it's so different from most books. There is a plot to this book: a slow-moving plot that does seem to plod and chug along like a muddy river would. But the book is much more about its language and sounds. It's all about repetition of words and phrases and sentences and ideas, and it does a great job with these. Because of this, reading it becomes a kind of surreal experience--I get drawn into the language and beautiful imagery and forget about the order of...more