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A Description of the Blazing World

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  8 reviews
After Morgan Wells s wife leaves him, a postcard from France arrives. It is addressed to a Morgan Wells but not the Morgan Wells who receives it. Desperate to be led out of his despair, Morgan decides to read the postcard as a sign and embark upon a surreal journey to find, observe, and meet the other Morgan Wellses in the city of Toronto.On the day that a 2003 citywide po ...more
ebook, 236 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by FreeHand Books (first published November 10th 2010)
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Michael Murphy's debut novel is set, very specifically, in Toronto during the month of August 2003, when a widespread blackout occurred knocking out power for millions of households in Ontario and the northeastern US. The action follows two distinct threads narrated in alternating chapters. A 14 year old boy with an overactive imagination has been sent to Toronto to stay with his brother and his brother's wife. The blackout occurs while he is there, and as a result of this event he comes across ...more
Quite impressed with this one!
Simultaneously following the story of 14 year old protagonist during the 2003 Toronto Blackout and the story of Morgan Wells, a middle-aged man going through a mid-life crisis, this book is one that grips you instantly. It explores the themes of technology and a return to older means of communication, self-identity and identity theft, and the amusement of storytelling. The language is sharp - blunt at times - but carefully selected and clever. It not only steers yo
Mairéad (is exploring a floating city)
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4 Stars.

My god this book is SUCH a mindtrip, its bloody insane. Two narratives, with little bits and pieces here and there expanding upon their own realms. Honestly the ending came as a complete shock. I still don't quite understand what happened exactly.

So many great things about this book. Murphy builds the tension throughout and drops subtle hints without unravelling the mystery until the end. His two protagonists, and their abundant anguish, their bleak outlook and questionable behaviour, are very strong, very compelling, offering many insights into how we are, our isolation. But the ending was a bit of a let down for me, like he took me somewhere and then said, 'just kidding.' Still, he's a hell of a writer and I'm stoked to read more from ...more
Really great. Loved the dual narrative. I felt like I was reading two separate books for most of it, but in a good way--both were incredibly compelling. Great writing!
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Tedious. Probably the only reason I finished it was because I was sitting in a waiting room for three hours with nothing else to do.
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This book was an easy, hilarious read!
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Bestselling author Michael Murphy has been called the father of the human potential movement, one of the most influential movements in twentieth-century American culture. His bestselling book Golf in the Kingdom (1972) inspired the creation of the Shivas Irons Society, a nonprofit group dedicated to finding beauty and discovery through the game of golf, and has recently been adapted into a movie s ...more
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