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Jeff Malmquist is unaccountably catapulted to the year 2060. He finds himself in New Gary, Indiana, a labor camp of one million Chicagoans, their identities hacked and incriminated as pedophiles through the collusion of a corrupt US Government, the Russian cybermafia, and China. He escapes to Chicago, only to find himself in a full-scale replica of Ancient Rome in China, e ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Magic Theater Books
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Fiction Addiction
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! What an interesting, steamy, sometimes stuffy read this was! Being a spiritual Christian, I honestly felt overwhelmed with all the incidents of varied means of sexual intercourse this book contains. I felt like the author must have a great deal of knowledge about this lifestyle or who knows, for him to write this type of content. The main character is Jeff Malmquist who is a professor from Gary, Indiana in the year 2015. He explains constantly to those he encounters in the places/periods he ...more
Lilly Charysma
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those difficult books that keep you thinking on the subject long after you’ve gone through all its pages. At least this is what happened to me. “The Kitchens of Canton” is not an easy book to follow, as it jumps from one scenery to another, from one action to the next and even from one language to another.

We have our main character Jeff Malmquist who is lost in time and space. Somehow he is sent to different future scenarios, in a world wither ruled by China or Ancient Rome. He is
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Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was wrong. In my 2016 review of Isham Cook's "At the Teahouse Cafe," I predicted that our libertine writer's move away from the erotic was an attempt to transition into mainstream literary acceptance. But Beijing-based Isham noped out of any possibility of ever being read by 'Murican minivan moms when he decided to write his novel "The Kitchens of Canton."

Freed by the constraints of non-fiction, Cook uses fiction less to tell a conventional story and more as a psychic medium to transcend time,
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Bookie Wookie
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I said I was going to broaden my horizon when it came to my bookshelf, and I have to say that 'The Kitchens of Canton' by Isham Cook is like nothing I have ever read before...It goes way beyond the horizon. I admit that sometimes I had no idea what was going on, thanks to large chunks of dialogue written in different languages, but it didn't really matter. I could skim read these passages, and get to the good stuff all the quicker, and by the good stuff, I mean sex...and lots of it. The future I ...more
Eva Lazar
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book provides a sci-fi, distopian look at the past, present, and future of the world. One man is the focus of the time travel that links the different places together and makes comparison possible. The reader follows his journey through time and space and tags along on his adventures.

The story switches its setting often in both time and space, and this is confusing, but in a good way: the reader gets to be confused together with the main character, which makes for an interesting reading ex
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Ebook Boss
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Kitchens of Canton by Isham Cook is Science Fiction at its finest!
Jeff Malmquist is an inadvertent time traveller – flung to the future, to the distant past, and to the future once again, he struggles to navigate his new surroundings, confused at which direction to take, or when he will be next. A labour camp for framed paedophiles, a vast slave colony under ruthless Chinese rule, and the actual Ancient Rome, are all time periods that Jeff visits, and to him the future looks bleak for the W
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Valery
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The Kitchens of Canton by Isham Cook catapults the reader through time and space as our anti-hero, Jeff Malmquist, finds himself in New Gary, Indiana. A provocative comedy of errors, with hints of Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut running through it, this is a mind bending story that must certainly resemble an acid trip. While a spiky, enthralling commentary on the political meanderings of modern society, Cook throws in a good measure of sexual romps, androids, and future realms that tax the ...more
Linda
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A comedy of errors as the hero and his acquired companions skip temporally and spatially around the world, from a couple thousand years ago to a hundred years in the future, wearing tunics that serve as two way radios as well as transporters. If this weren’t confusing enough, the characters speak in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Latin, Spanish, and English. I was taking the time to read all but the Chinese when I realized that I could just as easily skip those sections since the main characters ...more
No Shelf Control
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Kitchens of Canton by Isham Cook catapults the reader through time and space as our anti-hero, Jeff Malmquist, finds himself in New Gary, Indiana. A provocative comedy of errors, with hints of Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut running through it, this is a mind bending story that must certainly resemble an acid trip. While a spiky, enthralling commentary on the political meanderings of modern society, Cook throws in a good measure of sexual romps, androids, and future realms that tax the ...more
Quincy Carroll
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A dizzying, whirlwind tour across language, time and space. Intentionally provocative and linguistically abstruse, The Kitchens of Canton presents an eerie, if not implicative, vision of society's future. ...more
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American novelist and essayist based in China since 1994. Writing philosophy: downmarket, big concept, provocative, discriminating, outrageous. Kirkus Reviews calls my second novel The Kitchens of Canton "poignant...language barriers abound, with dialogue in Cantonese, Italian, and Latin, but Cook isn’t merely interested in verbal language—body language, customs and rituals, and symbols are also o ...more

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