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Artificial Light

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  104 Ratings  ·  15 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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Kenan Toprak
Sep 06, 2013 Kenan Toprak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2007 Leanda rated it really liked it
Give this book a chance. It's pretty interesting. Unlike this review.
Sep 22, 2012 Esma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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.
Jul 27, 2009 Candace rated it really liked it
early-nineties-era guilty pleasure.
Jun 26, 2011 Meagan rated it really liked it
"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
Jul 16, 2015 Ipek rated it did not like it
I really dont think I liked this book. But then I remind myself about the pages with Kurt in it and then I say..."Oh..Okay then."

But then I remember the fucking , idiotic ending and I think "We should burn this book"

Yeah anyways this wasn't a great book.It was an average book and finished it in an average time.

Dont want to think about this book anymore.Everytime I think about or see this book my reaction will bi : "Ugh......"
J.F. Ramirez
Strange and broken. Dreamlike in many ways, yet constantly searching for a hint of some truth, whether rooted in actual fact, or in what the narrator perceives as fact. There is the cliched sense of writing towards a more universal truth from the point of view of the truly mundane.

At approximately 330 pages, it's a slightly over-written, and Greer sometimes waxes poetic far too much in character monologues that don't seem entirely real. However, I liked the book, and I think it was well put tog
Tony Laplume
May 19, 2015 Tony Laplume rated it liked it
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...
Apr 29, 2016 Ayşe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hayat narindir ve hayat narindir....
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...
Jul 18, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, owned, realistic
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).
Sep 11, 2012 diePoesie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 20, 2011 Juliet rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 14, 2010 Tuck rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2013 Canberk Yesilada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Akılda kalıcı ve düşündürücü bir kitaptı. Aklımda hala birçok soru var.
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