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Sea Above, Sun Below

4.91  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Upside-down lightning, a group of uncouth skydivers, resurrections, a mother's body overtaken by a garden, aquatic telepathy, a peeling snake-priest, and more.

Sea Above, Sun Below is influenced by Western myths, some Greek, some with biblical overtones, resulting in a fusion of fantastic dreams, bizarre yet beautiful nightmares, and multiple narrative threads that form a/>Sea
Paperback, 310 pages
Published October 26th 2019 by River Boat Books

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L.S. Popovich
Sea Above, Sun Below by George Salis is a rich and masterful novel. While reading it, from the beginning to end, I never doubted I would rate it five stars. It is a balanced reading experience, told from differing perspectives, chockablock with symbolism and allusion and wordplay.

The descriptions of people, the universe and abstract concepts, are always lyrical and moving. The characters, though isolated in their narrative spheres from other characters, all relate in symbolic ways, i
David Katzman
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While his characters struggle in their own ways to find transcendence in the transient passage of their earthly lives, Salis crafts transcendence in the very language of his poetic novel.

Disclaimer: I was invited to read this book by the publisher to provide a promotional quote. I stand by my review as honest. I wouldn't provide a blurb if I didn't like the book.
Rick Harsch
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My blurb on George Salis' book:

"Salis' book flung me from the deep ditch of my sorts back into the space where literature is a wonder, where I probably was when I was George's age, where the alembic, that disguise, produces the illusion of writing that is effortlessly fresh and new. Nothing like Celine's JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT, SEA ABOVE, SUN BELOW yet provided me the same feeling of discovery, and I was reminded how great writing is sure of itself regardless of its discursi
Larry Riley
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are darker parts in Sea Above Sun Below that reminded me of Borges. They are outnumbered by the lighter parts (and by 'light' I mean the sun) that made me think of the science fiction of JG Ballard. Light and darkness are important to this as well as the vast vista of sky as seen in all direction through the eyes of skydivers falling to earth. It's a sensory novel that asks of its readers to open their minds to the eternal......but not just that because as in Borges or in Ballard Sea Above ...more
Kaleigh Dandeneau
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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In a world two steps ahead, just a little to the left, and named as our own, exists the man, the angel, and the fall.

George Salis' novel 'Sea Above, Sun Below' engulfs you into the thoughts, fears, and lives of the complex individuals he has created. For every shaking hand, every nauseous stomach, every crying child, the body responds as the mind. Not a moment passes in which reader is not given new life in the personalities before them. For this, I am intensely thankful. To watch th
Bhaskar Thakuria
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“We Live in an Upside-down World”

Somewhere more than three-fourth into this wonderfully complex work of fiction the narrative continues thus:

This revelation illuminated the lives of those lightning-afflicted, those followers of a hesitant messiah. How sensible the world became when south was north and north south, when the one thousand and one chosen realized the awful and awesome truth that the sky was replacing the earth. Lightning was the first indicator, originating from bottom-up a/>This
David Vardeman
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a lush and quietly passionate poem of a book. At a young age, Salis has already found his own unique voice, his own remarkably lucid powers of observation. He shows us how strange and lush the material world is because it is the physical representation of the emotional and spiritual yearnings that lead us to push beyond physical boundaries and the illusion of disconnection.
Erik Martiny
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
George Salis’s debut novel Sea Above, Sun Below is a real treat, a feast for the mind and a dizzying rollercoaster of a read. It opens with a sky-diving scene that catches your breath. It’s so well written it rivals the opening of Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love, and that’s saying a lot in case you haven’t read the book. Salis’s way with words is so clever and evocative you sometimes feel you’re falling like Alice through an onrush of words.
It’s an example of magic realism at its best, devoid o
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel has a snowball effect that gets more and more satisfying/addicting as the wonderfully-bizarre plot lines start to converge in surprising ways. Salis is an expert at writing a wide range of believable characters, such as a snake-like priest who can never seem to shed his haunting past and a little boy who learns about the pain and beauty that comes from loving in times when love is unable to thrive. With so many moments of the impossible becoming possible, humor, heartbreak, horror, an ...more
Kristopher Biernatsky
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
George Salis is simply a machine. His heavily researched debut novel is among the best I have ever read. Within ten years I can see him becoming regarded as America's greatest living novelist. The novel itself, is as winding and complex as the author, mixing in elements from various mythologies and religions, work and play. It is without doubt the greatest novel of 2019, perhaps the decade.
Barton Smock
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In prose that avoids borrowing by way of returning, author George Salis summons verse from those revivals held by the plotless dead and places flowers on the shared grave of gimmick and novelty while shading the pallbearer’s hushed reverence for those beings who pray on land to those on earth. This work, however, is not niche nor is it pastiche, is not fragment nor is it patchwork, is not replacement nor is it erasure. Says our narrator and says his, to herself: If she is invisible, then none wi ...more
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George Salis is the award-winning author of Sea Above, Sun Below (River Boat Books). His fiction is featured in The Dark, Black Dandy, Zizzle Literary Magazine, The Sunlight Press, Unreal Magazine, and elsewhere. His criticism has appeared in Isacoustic, Atticus Review, and The Tishman Review, and his science article on the mechanics of natural evil was featured in Skeptic. He is currently working on an en ...more