Rich Gamble's Reviews > Rubicon Beach
Rubicon Beach is a book that will divide opinion (or would’ve in the 80’s before it faded into obscurity). Sometimes Erickson creates haunting and surreal scenes that stay with you hours after you have read them and other times the passages feel flat as if he is simply recounting his dreams in a ‘this happened, then this happened’ kind of way. Sometimes it feels like Erickson knows exactly what he is doing and is building up to a greater purpose, dropping scenes so vivid and twisted they will melt your brain. Other times this book feels like three novels worth of ideas, all of different genres, mashed together in a way that just happens to come across as deep and clever. Whatever the point of the book is it feels unique and has enough common threads to hold it together as a compelling read. Just when you think you can pin down his literary references eg ‘William S. Burroughs with an editor’ or ‘1984 meets Pocahontas’ he switches it all up again to a totally different decade and genre. Not the sort of book I would pick up if not for the reliable vintage contemporaries cover but I was glad to go along for the ride all the same.
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