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Shall We Gather at the Garden?

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Circus gaiety! A ring of 1,000 delights! None of this awaits you!

What awaits you: a commune of beautiful and wise circus midgets; the Love-o-tron, towering orange plants capable of joyous sexual reproduction; The Chain of Absurdity; Bottled Barbed Chains; Viso-Pants; The Commercial of Truth; a man named Mark Anders; a little doe-eyed girl; The Grand Dictator; a Zen Master

Paperback, 265 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Eraserhead Press
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Dustin Reade
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
so strange. I mean. this book is so strange. Kevin Donihe is so strange. Circus Midgets attempting to bring about the apocalypse with a book? People dancing for millions of years?
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So strange.

At heart, this seems to be a book about a book. The book was accidentally published as a romance novel....nevermind. I couldn't do it. There is no way to describe this book. It is the single most original piece of writing I have ever encountered. It was so strange that,
Douglas Hackle
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a dense, multilayered satire targeting American consumerism, religion, economics, and politics, written with an erudite sarcastic flare and entrenched in brain-bending surrealism.

In its pages you’ll find an eschatology wherein enlightened, god-like midgets determine the cyclical destruction/rebirth of humanity.

You’ll find lots of other fun things there too.

Like, for example, the aeons-old skeletal remains of Lionel Richie worshipped as a holy relic.
Pedro Proença
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know what drug Kevin L. Donihe was on when he wrote this, but he needs to share the wealth! No seriously, this has to be one of the most sick, twisted, and inventive books I have ever read. An extreme story written in an abrasive way, I guarantee you will either love or hate it. Starting off with an Introduction to an Introduction, an Introduction, and a justification to the Introduction, this book promises to be a loud-mouth satire that will make you think.

To describe the plot and subp
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shall We Gather at the Garden? is certainly a Bizarro tale. In fact, I'm not even sure as to how to briefly summarize, so I will do so as the book does on the back cover. Included are: circus midgets, time travel, gore, flaming swords, donut kiosks, sexual plants, warring church factions, and much, much more!

As I started reading this book, I kept having vivid recollections of my time spent reading and laughing at Nikolai Gogol. For some reason, I was specifically reminded of "The Nose" and "The
Jeremy Maddux
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Donihe's first effort here was a watershed moment for underground fiction as he subverted every convention at the time to bring us a tale about circus clowns who are safeguards for the universe. They have their own societal laws, cultural exchanges, language and traditions. There is always a sense of ancient and cryptic secrets percolating throughout this text. Like a chameleon, Kevin is constantly changing the colors of his palette here as he breathes life into something with very improbable li ...more
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Most novels make me feel as if their main characters are taking many long, tedious, and uneventful bus trips to get to and from the interesting parts in their story. This often causes me to skim and ask myself why I'm wasting my time.

"Shall We Gather in the Garden?" doesn't fall under this category. It is an example of condensed storytelling at its best and never fails to entertain, induce laughter, and thrill with its imagination. It's the sort of book that you can start reading at any random p
Danger Kallisti
Feb 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: midget fans, surrealists, people looking for a mindf*ck
Shelves: po-mo-craziness
Midgets creep me out. Enlightened super-human circus midgets are a bit better. Still, the lack of editing got to me even more this time around, and I felt like the book went on too long, with an highly unsatisfying ending. It just left me wanting to smoke pot and listen to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, which I guess is okay... sorta. I dunno, I'll probably read it again sometime. It's not like it was very long or anything. At least it was original?
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Kevin Donihe's first book. it's a trip. not AS good as his later writing, but you can tell he has budding talent here.
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I am a writer man.

Currently, HOUSE OF HOUSES, SHALL WE GATHER AT THE GARDEN?, OCEAN OF LARD (co-written with Carlton Mellick III), GRAPE CITY, and THE GREATEST FUCKING MOMENT IN SPORTS are my books from Eraserhead Press.

I've had a lot of short fiction published since 1995. Biggest short fiction credit = a story in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF LEGAL THRILLERS, published by Carroll and Graf in the US and C
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