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Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it

to review the seminal book.
All I know you know. Broad sweeping landscapes of smoke and madness. Gang violence and alternate (deviant?) sexual mores intertwined with a poet's sensitive insights into his own nature. A city, long-forgotten, twisted in time and space into … what? I don't understand. I suspect I wasn't meant to. (I'm fudging; I do understand, but written words utterly fail here, so instead I say I don't understand because I sense that I'm expected to say it.)
Entering Bellona, I grasp that vast underbelly of connotation that lurks beneath language and sex. Grasping, holding, I feel it squirm, no, dissolve through my fingers. If I knew, really knew the shape she said if. Leopards run from screaming the night they run. It slips away. I come to
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Reading Progress

March 12, 2012 – Started Reading
March 12, 2012 – Shelved
March 19, 2012 –
page 122
March 27, 2012 –
page 387
March 28, 2012 –
page 527
April 2, 2012 – Finished Reading

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