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Artificial Light

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"Artificial Light beats the bejeezus out of the last dozen Thomas Pynchons, the last nineteen Don DeLillos, and the last forty-three Kurt Vonneguts."--Richard Meltzer

Stunningly written in prose that is poetic, gripping, and highly adventurous, Artificial Light may be the first American novel to successfully treat the alternative rock scene of the 1990s as a subject for ser
Paperback, 338 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Akashic Books
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Give this book a chance. It's pretty interesting. Unlike this review.
Kenan Toprak
Önce kitaba yapılan yorumları okudum. Çoğu olumsuz yöndeydi. Buna rağmen aldım kitabı. Her insana ait olan duygular, iç sesler ve sağır hayatların konu aldığı bu kitaptan bu kadar etkileneceğimi tahmin etmezdim. Açıkçası bende herkes gibi bu kitabı Kurt Cobain'i daha iyi tanımak ve intihar sebebine giden yolu bulmak için almadım da değil. Fakat sırf Kurt Cobain ile kalmayıp başka hayatların, suskun ama çığlık atan bedenleri tanımama sebep oldu. Kimi sayfaları gözlerim dolarak okudum, kimi sayfal ...more
Ben Kurt'e aşığım. Cidden. Keşin teki olmasına rağmen filozof.

Kitabın sonunu pek anlamadım ama Fiat Lux denen kızın Courtney Love olduğunu düşünüyorum. Belki de değildir bilmiyorum. Zaten önemi de yok.
early-nineties-era guilty pleasure.
"What an odd, beautiful book," the guy at the Mercer Street Books counter remarked when I bought it. I should mention that I bought this book after I'd already read half of it, in a copy I borrowed from the library. When it became clear that I was dogearing too many favorite pages to return it in good faith, I figured I'd better buy my own. It's one of the most haunting things I've read lately, haunting in a good way, like a foggy night...I'm not sure how to sum it up, except that it's sort of a ...more
Tony Laplume
I think Greer bit off a little more than he could chew, and made a fairly simple premise much more complicated than it needed to be, no matter how literary he wanted to be about it...
Elif Muratoğlu
...1913 selinde çok fazla insanın (ne kadar doğru olduğunu bilmiyorum ama benim yaşımda çok ta fark etmiyor) öldüğünü sanmıyorum. Daha çok mala zarar getiren bir felaket ya da Tanrı'nın lanetiydi. Tanrı'nın böylesi bir şiddet eylemine girişmesi anlaşılır gibi değil. İnsanlar yeterince yıkıcı zaten, dışarıdan yardıma ihtiyaçları yook. Yaşadığım süre boyunca dünyadaki mezarları iki katına çıkaracak kadar çok zarar verdik. Nükte yapıyorum. Kendim nüktelere kaptırmamalıyım...
I struggled to get through this book for quite some time, but pressed on because the author is a very lovely person whom I had the pleasure of meeting. It's a very interesting book, but moves a bit slowly at times. I enjoyed the grungy, 90's setting and characters, and enjoyed the feeling of watching the character's lives unfold and fall apart (respectively).
i had serious doubts before reading this book,since it is about Kurt Cobain. so it was hard for me to get into the book ,at first. but as i read i was attached to it. and i find it pretty interesting .it worths every minute of your reading.i love this book and i highly recommend it to people who love Kurt Cobain.
I read this book on an airplane from the mythological land of Dayton, Ohio to Los Angeles and positively devoured it. It was one of those great, surprising books where the author slowly hooks you before you realize what's happening.
this has uneven likes and dislikes, but i think is a great novel about disaffection and music in the '90's. hell, the naughts too for that matter.
Canberk Yesilada
Akılda kalıcı ve düşündürücü bir kitaptı. Aklımda hala birçok soru var.
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"James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shivery-smooth literary hat-trick-cum-emotional-gotcha. I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book's first impression as a ridiculously clever, funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far more encyclopedic ...more
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