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The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag
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This is a very eclectic book, a merger of a book, a hybrid of a book, somewhere on the borderline between a picture book, a comic book, a traditional book and even an installation book.
The story per se will never be complete without the illustrations, and the illustrations will never tell the whole story -it is a truly symbiotic book. The illustrations are also quite realistic, and they resemble the court sketches in the attempt to add authenticity to the narrative.

The story, on the other hand, is one of the most bizarre, most surreal, and most eerie. It is the story of the familial bond that is told through the Great American story of exploration and continent crossing. It is also the story of the decay of modern civilization that that is literately being consumed by consumerism. The parts gradually come together through the verbiage and through images, but the dark dreamscape of the world is eerily alike to ours and different from ours.

To sum it up - the book left a long lasting and disturbing aftertaste.
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Reading Progress

October 12, 2018 – Started Reading
October 12, 2018 – Shelved
October 13, 2018 – Finished Reading

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