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There Is No Year by Blake Butler
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there was a period many years ago where i had a manic episode and didn't sleep for a week. during that time i became paranoid and depressed and delusional and confused and eventually started hallucinating and, well, it didn't end very well (though on the other hand, i'm still here)... during that time i had a very clear vision of the world as a pointless and joyless playing out of patterns-- inhuman and horrible though often blackly comic-- all of which inevitably eventually spiraled and fizzed into the heat death of the whole universe... needless to say, it wasn't a pleasant experience, so it may sound kinda odd when i say that this book was the closest i've ever come to recapturing that experience-- and i found it absolutely delightful! maybe because in reading it as a book, i could enjoy the beauty in the patterns because i was not involved in them... i suppose it's a little like watching fireworks... if you were exploding yourself, it wouldn't be as much fun...

in any case, this book was amazing... just chapter after chapter of pure story. a pure dream-world in perfect prose. blake butler's imagination is awe-inspiring.
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message 1: by Krzysztof (new) - added it

Krzysztof I had a similar experience and now your review has me really interested in this book!


message 2: by Ben (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ben Loory i hope you read it, because it really is amazing. not too many books like it out there!


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