Quite easily, I can say that this is the most difficult and yet amazingly beautiful books I've ever read. Its certainly not for everybody. Its not wit...moreQuite easily, I can say that this is the most difficult and yet amazingly beautiful books I've ever read. Its certainly not for everybody. Its not without its falls. At least one section of the book "in the house of ax" is certainly slow and overlong (its the longest part of the 700 page book) and is unfortunately the least interesting part. And yet its the end of this chapter that is one of the most memorable impressions.
I spent a long time reading this book and had lots of questions as to what its about. That's a nearly impossible question to answer without sounding somewhat ridiculous. The book itself is a question without an answer. Its a challenge,inviting you on a long and difficult journey through chaos, the unconscious, living myth, and constant fundamental uncertainty of anything at any given moment.
Its also one of the most amazing pieces of prose I've ever read. The craftsmanship of Delany's writing is undisputed. The lyricism, the constant attention paid to every word, every rhythm and flow and alchemy of language never ceases through the entire length.
I can't recommend this book for everyone, but if you pick it up with the determination to face the challenge it presents you fill have a book experience unlike any other you've had.(less)
A huge, sprawling epic thru 5th century BCE. Filled with historical figures, events, cultures, and more. Really amazing. This is not an easy book of l...moreA huge, sprawling epic thru 5th century BCE. Filled with historical figures, events, cultures, and more. Really amazing. This is not an easy book of light reading, there are hundreds of names and characters and there's just no realistic way to keep track of them all, so I didn't even try. If you just focus on the main characters you'll be fine.
The narrator starts off in the ancient persian empire and travels the ancient world meeting the key figures of history from Xerxes to Socrates to Buddha himself, and hundreds more.
This is a whole lot of book but it's incredibly worthwhile, especially if the ancient world holds any interest for you.(less)
Thanks, Juan, so much for letting me borrow this book.
I have to say I really liked this book a lot. Sad, funny, disturbing, and lovely, it really runs...moreThanks, Juan, so much for letting me borrow this book.
I have to say I really liked this book a lot. Sad, funny, disturbing, and lovely, it really runs the full gamut.
There are tons of sci-fi/fantasy/comic book/role playing references throughout. Most of which I got, some I didn't. If you've read Dune and Lord of the Rings, you'll be able to catch most of them easily.
The book is also written, basically, in spanglish. of course, there is far more english to spanish here, but if you don't know spanish at all, some elements will seem very obtuse. as it is , my spanish is pretty limited, but I was still able to glean a good idea at what he was gettin' at.
One thing that absolutely must be commented on is the incredible voice of the narrator, Yunior. This prose is charged with energy, very unique, and completely, believably real. A new and compelling voice filled with nerdery, jockery, and limitless vitality. If you enjoy reading for the enjoyment of narrative language itself, then this is a must read.(less)