91st out of 118 books — 20 voters
The Heidelberg cylinder
First Bill Gallatin notices strange piles of furniture and other valuables piled on his neighbors' lawns and sidewalks. Then he opens the door for two religious men who lead him down a path more surreal than any we have encountered in a Carroll novel yet. What will he discover about his neighbors, his family, and what will this reveal about himself? And what does the Heide...more
Hardcover, 73 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Mobius New Media
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Another mystery wrapped in an enigma from Mr Carroll. I actually put this one up there with his best, despite a somewhat looser, even more casual style than some of his others. This one packs in most of Carroll's favorite themes: alternate cosmology, good vs evil, men and women, sex and its glorious disappointments, bizarre characters, life turning weird in the blink of an eye. Readable, lovely, and weird. Worth tracking down.
This short novel is both gloomy and funny in a weird way. It's told sort of light-heartedly and yet the themese are actually pretty serious. At first it didn't seem like much, but the story grew on me and got me thinking - about heaven and hell, how we live our life, that sort of thing. A good read and in the end worth the freaky prize I originally paid for this book.
The Heidelberg Cylinder is a rare novella written by Jonathan Carroll, my favorite author. However, I dont' find this to be one of Carroll's best works. It is rather goofy, which is good and bad. It lacks depth that some of his novels go into. While there is a whole afterlife theme going on here, it becomes to comical/goofy to really hit the points that some of his spiritual/theological moments do in his other novels.
Jonathan Carroll (b. 1949) is an award-winning American author of modern fantasy and slipstream novels. His debut book, The Land of Laughs (1980), tells the story of a children’s author whose imagination has left the printed page and begun to influence reality. The book introduced several hallmarks of Carroll’s writing, including talking animals and worlds that straddle the thin line between reali...moreMore about Jonathan Carroll...