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Ark by Jesse Miller
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it was amazing


William Kotzwinkle’s illegitimate son it appears has emerged from obscurity to pen the inventive debut novel Ark under the nom de plume of one Jesse Miller. Or so it would seem. Not a page into this brave book a reader will be all too aware that they are in the grip of some linguistic savant, akin to the writer who chronicled the life story of Horse Badorties, a 1970s Bohemian whose vocabulary was peppered with the phrase “dorky, dorky, dorky,” in the novel The Fan Man. Similarly, Miller’s prose is alliterative, acrobatic and revved up like a portmanteau-generation machine. It is a first-person account, unreliable and highly idiosyncratic, the stream of consciousness of a window-washer who addresses himself as Yours Drooling and the reader as a fellow Droolie. Those in love with language will drool, those looking for linearity of more staid prose should look elsewhere, like now. This is a travelogue of the imbiber whose journey is through the day that reeks and sluices with the past.
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Reading Progress

April 22, 2014 – Shelved
April 22, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
August 14, 2014 – Started Reading
September 18, 2014 – Finished Reading

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