In this striking novel-in-stories, a series of strange apocalypses have hit America. Entire neighborhoods drown in mud, glass rains from the sky, birds speak gibberish, and parents of young children disappear. Millions starve while others grow coats of mold. But a few are able to survive and find... show more
In this striking novel-in-stories, a series of strange apocalypses have hit America. Entire neighborhoods drown in mud, glass rains from the sky, birds speak gibberish, and parents of young children disappear. Millions starve while others grow coats of mold. But a few are able to survive and find a light in the aftermath, illuminating what we’ve become. In The Disappeared,” a father is arrested for missing free throws, leaving his son to search alone for his lost mother. A boy swells to fill his parents’ ransacked attic in The Ruined Child.” Rendered in a variety of narrative forms, from a psychedelic fable to a skewed insurance claim questionnaire, Blake Butler’s full-length fiction debut paints a gorgeously grotesque version of America, bringing to mind both Kelly Link and William H. Gass, yet imbued with Butler's own vision of the apocalyptic and bizarre.
Publish date: September 8th 2009
Publisher: Featherproof Books
Pages no: 152
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Short Stories
, Post Apocalyptic
This is quite possibly the darkest novel I have ever, or will ever, read. Yup. It's THAT dark. What makes it so incredibly dark is the complete absence of light. Seriously. There is nothing light-hearted or hopeful. The apocalypse has happened, death is inevitable, and all there is left to do is wai...
All the time I have been reading this I have had a nagging feeling of recognition to my ongoing reaction, as if there were something rotten stuck in my mouth. I have finally pinned it down. Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Remember poor Gregor, wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a cockroach? ...
Not so much a novel as a mood piece. The book is a series of short pieces which all follow similar themes (think: rot, bloating, pustulence).If the author had been in one of my creative writing seminars in college, and this work was what he presented in class, I would have thought it very promising....
Not exactly a review, but I do mention this book in one of my book vlog videos. Click the image below to watch (opens in YouTube).SCORCH ATLAS, more than most of Butler's, really has the Brian Evenson dystopia going on. In a completely complimentary. Essentially, take Evenson's DARK PROPERTY and mix...