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Gojiro: A Novel
Gojiro is a triumph of storytelling that firmly established itself as one of the preeminent -- and funniest -- novels of the post-nuclear era.Its star, of course, is Gojiro -- the giant lizard -- made famous by a wildly successful cycle of B-movies and now come to exuberant literary life. Once a normal monitor lizard, he was transformed by an atomic test after World War II ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 8th 1997 by Grove Press
(first published 1991)
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My rating on this book is my own personal rating, not meant to sway if you are a fan of the author, and like his style of writing. I found this book, and decided to read it based on the back cover description. Not what I expected at all. Maybe some day I can read it knowing what to expect.
This is a very odd little post apocalyptic tale about a boy and his mutated kimodo dragon with a quad cameral brain. Allegedly written in a repetitive Buddhist technique that is said to cause epiphanies in readers without their awareness by the end of the story. I'm not sure if that was truly the case for me, but I was deeply moved by this unusual story that tackled many topics of import well ahead of its time.
I was turned on to this book in junior high when a friend's dad interviewed the author on his radio show. I read it, and liked it, but certainly there were things I didn't get at that age. I like to think that I understand it a little better now, and still enjoy re-reading it every 5 years or so. The author does a good job of creating a new language for his characters.
an interesting Tale of Godzilla, being and intellectual creature with is best friend, a Japanese boy and how they provided a home for children deformed but the atomic bomb, and how is gets mixed up in hollywood, not something I would normally chose, but it was recommended and I enjoed it.
Bizarre take on the Godzilla mythos... Sort of. The first half was brilliantly wrought with dark humor... Including mutant children and the Hollywood grind. Then it gets a bit bogged down and plodding. I was surprised at the upbeat ending...