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Daniel Fights a Hurricane

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  327 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Ever since he was a boy, Daniel Suppleton has been deathly afraid of hurricanes, which he fears will arrive suddenly and reduce everyone he knows and loves to trembling skeletons. Retreating to live in a tipi in the woods, Daniel battles demons real and imagined. As his ex-wife, Karen, frantically searches for him, the long-awaited hurricane finally hits, and Daniel must f ...more
Paperback, 1st, 211 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Penguin Books
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Nov 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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I will be about the 3,000th person to write this, but I loved Shane Jones' Light Boxes and was hoping for a similar experience with Daniel. That was not the case.

I wanted to give this a 3 initially, but I keep thinking about the story. Jones' writing is crazy making and I wondered if I should keep going. The more you get into the story though you truly understand that you are supposed to be driven crazy. Daniel is mentally ill and only getting worse fast. When we are given Karen's pers
Jim Ivy
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
As I read the previous reviews, I thought it interesting that the critique on Daniel Fights a Hurricane has, somewhat, been based upon what the reviewer feels a novel should be. As I have found with many of the newer, younger writers, is that that might be the wrong approach. If you are entering this adventure thinking it should fit in with a preconception, then you will have already missed the boat. That said, maybe Shane Jones is not for everyone. Too bad, as I would love to see him become wea ...more
Michael Seidlinger
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read the entirety of this hurricane of surreal language in two 2-3 hr hallucinogenic sessions of reading.

What are you reading? I ask because you should be reading this book.
Aug 02, 2012 added it
If you were going to characterize the main character of this slight novel as insane (which Shane Jones hopes you won't), then he is probably psychotic rather than anxious. The image of the hurricane in the first 100 pages (or half) of the book worked well for me though as a metaphor for an anxious mind. The story of Daniel reads like a parable, leaving me as a reader trying constantly to figure out what things were meant to represent, and coming up short again and again. The narrative shifts bet ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it

This may be the most interesting book I've read since Poe's, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pim of Nantucket." Nobody makes it easier to believe nonsense than Shane Jones (not even Lewis Carol). What's more, nobody has the power to create emotion out of nonsense like Shane Jones does.

Perhaps the chapter in the book that most captures Jones' style of writing is the one titled "Box built from green pipes." to which the overwhelming theme is this: there is no rhyme or reason - sometimes there is
Jan 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
fin: Oh my god I finished it. I hate it so much. What a bleak, awful, horrible book.

20 pages from the end: I give up. I give up. Okay, yes, I will most likely trudge through the last 20 pages at some point, but I am just so un-compelled. It's so odd, so intentionally bizarre, with these hints and hints that actually no, it's not bizarre but actually devastating and awful. I hate weird for weird's sake, and I hate bottomless despair without cease, and I hate this dumb book.

before reading: Why hav
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book from the mind of author Shane Jones and while it may seem confusing at first and at times elliptical, it is also oddly his most linear tale and his most accessible to date.

Shane Jones has a wonderful way with words. He can take simple short sentences and fill them with a plethora of meanings. Like his previous book Light Boxes I was pulled into each and every world word, stopping to think after each sentence on the numerous possible thoughts of what I had just read.

This is t
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hai presente quando tutto in un sogno assume un profondo caotico significato? Ambientazioni familiari, ma completamente fuori posto.
Volti così nitidi, ma irreali.
Comportamenti tanto incomprensibili, quanto bizzarri.
Ti giri nel letto con il pigiama che ti lascia un quadrato di pelle puntellata dal fresco della notte, ti giri nuovamente, e stavolta è la coperta insolente a lasciarti infreddolito.
Sei cosciente dei tuoi movimenti e sei consapevole della bizzarria di quel sogno. Ma ci vuoi rimanere a
Dec 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I found this book to be disturbing by its informal base images. This is meant to be surreal madness in the span of 211 pages, and that's all it is. I got through it fast, and will say I enjoyed the book, and if you pick up a copy, the best thing to do is simply agree with the images being presented, and don't question that feeling you get when you continually say to yourself, "this isn't normal." If Shane Cross had decided to define his world a little more I would have gave this book a better re ...more
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Shane Jones (born February 22, 1980) is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He has published three novels, two books of poetry, and one novella.
Shane Jones was born in Albany, New York. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 2004 with a B.A. in English. As of May 2015, Jones is represented by the literary agency Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. He was a student in Lydia Davis's fi
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