The Book from the Sky
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The Book from the Sky

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“I’m on my way back. I was one of the first they took away.” So begins Robert Kelly’s remarkable science fiction novel about a literally divided self. “I” is Billy, the book’s protagonist, a boy who is captured by a group of aliens who take him to a cave and meticulously, if seemingly by caprice, remove his “young pure smokeless lungs” and other internal organs to replace...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by North Atlantic Books
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Robb
Sep 10, 2008 Robb rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: very few people
To be fair, let me start out by saying that there are passages in The Book from the Sky that are simply stunning. There are moments where the images that Robert Kelly manipulates quite simply took my breath away. The manner in which he constructed and manipulated his prose (not to mention the poems published on his website) has convinced me to become familiar with more of his poetry. Which gets at the heart of the issue for me as far as The Book from the Sky is concerned.

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Micah
The Book from the Sky is nominally about Billy, a boy who is abducted by aliens and replaced by a simulacrum of himself. In reality, this plot mostly takes a back seat to the author's meditations on the nature of the self (which are often interesting) and a whole bunch of epigrams (which generally aren't). People who actually like magic realism would probably enjoy this more than I did; I found it to be, on a local level, alternately fascinating and infuriating, and, on a global level, not parti...more
George
This new novel by Robert Kelly is a real page-turner, and it lends sustenance with the delight of each new page. What a strangely imaginative book!
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Kelly has published more than fifty books of poetry and prose, including Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960-1993 (1995) and a collection of short fictions, A Transparent Tree (1985). Many were published by the Black Sparrow Press. He also edited the anthology A Controversy of Poets (1965).Kelly was of great help to the Hungryalist group of poets of India during the trial of Malay Roychoudhury,with w...more
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