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The Word of God by Thomas M. Disch
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Jul 25, 2008

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bookshelves: sf-fantasy

I picked this up after I heard the author (now sadly deceased) read from it a couple months ago at the Seaport museum. It is difficult to fit this into any real category or genre, the book is mostly an eloquent and erudite rant about religion delivered semi-sardonically through the voice of the author himself who claims to have been elevated to a divinity. Think Screwtape Letters with a god instead of a devil. Interspersed among Disch’s rambling monologues are short stories and poems – most of them enjoyable and one in particular (“The New Me”) that was quite excellent – but the key word here is ramble.

The book puttered eloquently and aimlessly on until, after an odd two-part story about how Philip K. Dick returns from hell and goes back in time and murder Thomas Mann in a Minneapolis hotel before he can seduce Disch’s mother and thereby prevent Thomas Disch from coming into existence (and somehow allowing Hitler to win WWII), when the author, invoking divine license, decides to end the book. Although pleasurable to read alot of the time the pointlessness was a little irritating.
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