A young man arrives in the anarchic city of Bellona, in a near future USA. This world has two moons but could otherwise be our own. The man, known only as 'the Kid', begins to write a novel called Dhalgren that begins where it ends. Dhalgren is about the possibilites of fiction and about the... show more
A young man arrives in the anarchic city of Bellona, in a near future USA. This world has two moons but could otherwise be our own. The man, known only as 'the Kid', begins to write a novel called Dhalgren that begins where it ends. Dhalgren is about the possibilites of fiction and about the special demands and pleasures of youth culture.
Publish date: 1974
Publisher: Bantam Books
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
I loved Delany's The Mad Man, a favorite of mine for a few years. I was really interested in reading another work of his, especially one that's so highly regarded.This was a beautiful epic of science fiction/magical realism, with a colorful cast of characters and realistic dialogue. One thing I like...
“Really? Samuel Delany has written "unreadable garbage"? Would you care to share with us the precise nature of the stories or novels which qualify as such, or have you not, as I strongly suspect, actually read any of his work? I presume this is the same Samuel Delany who has been a professor of Engl...
A mysterious disaster has stricken the midwestern American city of Bellona, and its aftereffects are disturbing: a city block burns down and is intact a week later; clouds cover the sky for weeks, then part to reveal two moons; a week passes for one person when only a day passes for another. The cat...
While Delaney is a science-fiction writer, this is not really a science fiction book. It is magical realism if it is anything and the book is profoundly experimental. It doesn't have a plot that you can summarize, but essentially a person known only as The Kid arrives in a city in which a disaster...
I tried to read this when I was a sci-fi hungry adolescent. I failed miserably. Whether it was the fault of the messy structure of the book or lack of effort on my part is lost in the mists of time.
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