Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ash Cinema” as Want to Read:
Ash Cinema
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ash Cinema

4.79  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Ash Cinema is a triptych novel about loving and dying, about creation and destruction, about chasing ghosts and making them real. Regressing through time from the fires at Cannes’ shore to the trees deep in america back to the west coast sunsets, Sebastian Falke’s visions and dreams haunt the future that forgot him and his handful of films lost to time.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2012 by Kuboa Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ash Cinema, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ash Cinema

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 92)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Peter Tieryas
Jul 30, 2013 Peter Tieryas rated it it was amazing

I revisit Ash Cinema at my blog.

Cinema, film-making, and music become parables for the emotions that rage in the three different lives and I found myself going along for the ride, sucked into a stream of emotion that made for a compelling read. There were lines I read over and over, just to grasp at the details, the way Rathke blurs the intersections between life, cinema, and tragedy.

"The ocean of the past, I still hide from so much of it and rely on all
Nicholas Karpuk
May 23, 2012 Nicholas Karpuk rated it really liked it
Edward Rathke walks a tightrope through most of Ash Cinema. I kept waiting for the pacing to collapse, for the stylized writing style to become masturbatory rather than merely indulgent. It was a waveform that seemed perpetually about to collapse.

But it doesn't.

That's the damndest thing. He never goes overboard and for all its ambition and need to describe thoroughly abstract concepts it never wallows in any one notion long enough for me to lose my patience. Rathke explores some pretty big conc
Simon West-Bulford
Jul 12, 2012 Simon West-Bulford rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-friends
I hovered over the 4 stars for this book.
I usually give 5 stars for books that I know I will go back to read time and again, but 'Ash Cinema' is something I felt would be diminished for me if read it again. I remember feeling similarly impressed by the movie 'Brazil' and vowing I would never watch that again either.

I gave Ash Cinema 5 stars because I do believe that what Rathke pulled off here is, as the rating system puts it, 'amazing'. I'd like to think he worked incredibly hard to make the pr
Nov 12, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Putting aside the skillful lines of the prose for a moment, the emotion of this novel is what impressed me most. It came across so forcefully to me, so pure. It felt like the pages, and the psyches of the various three narrators, was bleeding as I read. Reading was actually emotionally wearying, but cathartic. All three stories, tremendous loss and the unquenchable need to reclaim, blew me away. And, getting back to the writing itself, the literal lines of the prose are pretty impressive as well ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it
Ash Cinema tangentially addresses the life of the fictional avant-garde filmmaker Sebastian Falke, from three very different perspectives: an old man who once collaborated on Falke's films; a woman who was formerly the platonic lover (lover, that is, in everything but the physical sense) of a writer who was obsessed with finding Falke and his long-lost films; and the teenage girl who was Falke's lover at the very end of his life. Though (tangentially) about Falke, the book is really about grief, ...more
Paul Eckert
Oct 13, 2012 Paul Eckert rated it it was amazing
A variety of ghosts haunt the reader in Ash Cinema. Each of the three narrators has lost a love to death and led to reconnect with them through writing. Though they never know each other, all of their lives are somehow affected by the obscure, avant-garde filmmaker Sebastian Falke.

Rathke does an amazing job of bringing the reader into these lives that have been saved by love and shattered by its loss. And for a story that deals with such weighty themes, it's not bogged down by romanticized depr
Ok, so I really want to describe how good this book is, how much it moved me. I am certain to fail miserably, but here it goes. A tryptic used to beautifully convey stories of love and loss that really strike a chord. Very dreamy and intense, it will speak so loudly to anyone who has felt that otherworldly, once in a lifetime kind of love. A long gone movement in avant-garde cinema and art connect the three stories with connections between many of its' important figures. Writing is a tool used i ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Luke rated it it was amazing
Beautiful prose, beautiful story, beautiful book. Moving stories of life and death, love and loss. I bought a physical copy, but you can download the ebook for free on Smashwords. I'll be keeping a close eye on anything Rathke does in the future.
Edward Rathke
Feb 18, 2013 Edward Rathke added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this.
I enjoy it.

Available for free here
Steven rated it it was amazing
Oct 17, 2016
Tim Sharp
Tim Sharp marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2016
Vivian added it
May 14, 2016
Jeffrey Jenkins
Jeffrey Jenkins marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2016
Matthew marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2016
Cora Pop
Cora Pop marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2016
Ready McReaderton
Ready McReaderton marked it as to-read
Jan 30, 2016
Blind Lemon Dufflecoat
Blind Lemon Dufflecoat marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2015
Jeremy Maddux
Jeremy Maddux marked it as to-read
Nov 04, 2015
Shannon Scheidell
Shannon Scheidell rated it really liked it
Nov 18, 2015
Sondra rated it it was amazing
Sep 21, 2015
Tim marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2015
Thomas Padley
Thomas Padley marked it as to-read
Oct 02, 2015
Jerrod marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2015
Rina marked it as to-read
Aug 04, 2015
Stacie marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2015
Jason Hodge
Jason Hodge marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2015
David Steele
David Steele rated it really liked it
Apr 22, 2015
Brendan Reichhardt
Brendan Reichhardt marked it as to-read
Aug 26, 2014
Xian Xian
Xian Xian marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2014
tobes marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“The ocean of the past, I still hide from so much of it and rely on all that I don't run from. Everything before him, I waited for the nightmare to end, and it did when he accepted me into his arms. It was a new birth, a new life, but it flashed too briefly and left me with only these rabid bits of time that eat me, these memories that haunt me, but he, the ghost I need, remains lost.” 4 likes
More quotes…