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Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
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Mar 20, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi, own, whack-a-doo
Read from March 10 to 20, 2011 — I own a copy

I just don't know.

So, picture Lost meets Burning Man. Seriously. Imagine a bunch of bohemian hippie types having lots of sex in a weirdly cut-off place that has weird phenomenon and is out-of-time. Not like time's run out, but weird stuff happening with time itself.

Can't picture it?

Also, you should throw in a bit of:
Wizard of Oz (for the man-behind-the-curtain)
The Postman (for the lone-wolf lead character who becomes legend)
Fight Club (for the violence)
And some more books/stories/movies that throw race, sexuality and gender into question.

Yeah.

I've read that Dhalgren is something akin to Joyce - Joycian SF? I've never read any Joyce, but there is an element of stream-of-consciousness and the narrator messing with us and all sorts of literary references. It's not an easy read.

I'm not sure if I really liked it. I didn't not like it? It was certainly an experience that I've never had before in SF, and probably never will.

Trippy, man.
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message 1: by TK421 (new) - added it

TK421 This is one of those books that I often look at, and then put back on my shelf. I love the author. I even teach one of his books in one of my communication classes. But I agree with your assessment, Joycian SF is hard to get excited about...I fear my head would explode.


message 2: by Cindy (last edited Mar 24, 2011 11:07PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Cindy Gavin wrote: "I even teach one of his books in one of my communication classes."

Oooh, which one? I'm way more intrigued by his SF analysis than I am about his actual SF. Although I might read Babel-17?


message 3: by TK421 (new) - added it

TK421 Cindy wrote: "Gavin wrote: "I even teach one of his books in one of my communication classes."

Oooh, which one? I'm way more intrigued by his SF analysis than I am about his actual SF. Although I might read [bo..."


I teach his Babel-17. I love assigning this to freshmen and have them look at me like I'm off my rocker. Why would we read a science fiction book in a communications course? Read the book, I tell them. Afterwards, a few brave souls will tell me something like: "I see why you assigned it. It's all about the power of language or something." Inwardly, I always retort: "Or something." But at least I get the satisfaction that I challenged them on some level.


message 4: by Robert (new)

Robert That review was mippy, tran.


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