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A Density of Souls - Christopher Rice
A Density of Souls
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Take the sensuous, fecund New Orleans setting, add a generous helping of tangled Southern family history, and season liberally with a sensitive teenage boy rejected by his friends and frightened of his own homoerotic impulses and you wouldn't be surprised to discover that the novel containing all... show more
Take the sensuous, fecund New Orleans setting, add a generous helping of tangled Southern family history, and season liberally with a sensitive teenage boy rejected by his friends and frightened of his own homoerotic impulses and you wouldn't be surprised to discover that the novel containing all of the above was written by someone named Rice. But a few paragraphs into the first page, it's clear that Anne Rice's son's first novel isn't about vampires or witches and does not otherwise read like one of her exceedingly popular books. The only family resemblance is in the setting, the sexual orientation of the lovingly described male characters, and the scent of overripe magnolias.There's murder, suicide, and madness at the heart of this rather clumsycoming-of-age story, which focuses on the youthful friendship of Stephen Conlin, Meredith Ducote, Greg Darby, and Brandon Charbonnet. This friendship is destroyed by a sexual incident that takes place just before the foursome enters Cannon, an exclusive prep school. There, Stephen is ostracized by his former friends, now the most popular kids on campus, who'd just as soon forget their own complicity in the event. Envy, passion, and rage drive the narrative, but the emotions are as juvenile as the characters, and the long passages depicting the rituals and cruelties of high school, from pep rallies to football games, slow down the pace without really illuminating character or motivation. The novel reads like a roman ß clef. Rice might have been wiser to tell someone else's story rather than his own. --Jane Adams
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780786886463 (0786886463)
Publisher: Miramax
Pages no: 307
Edition language: English
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Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it
3.5 A Density Of Souls
My last encounter with Christopher Rice, The Vines, disappointed me quite a lot. So although I was curious, I wasn't really looking forward to reading A Density of Souls. However, I'm glad I did read it. This was a completely different (and a lot better) book! My review is of the new re-published ...
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4.0 A Density of Souls
by Christopher Rice This story was originally released in 2000, but has been reissued for 2015. The story is about a group of young friends in New Orleans and starts out with them riding their bicycles to one of the above ground graveyards that the city is known for and getting caught out in a n...
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loriK rated it
audiobook reader did a very good job.
Gosh I Wish I was a Good Writer
Gosh I Wish I was a Good Writer rated it
3.0 Density of Souls
I thought it was a good start
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