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The Flame Alphabet - Ben Marcus
The Flame Alphabet
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In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a work of heartbreak and horror, a novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families.   A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech... show more
In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a work of heartbreak and horror, a novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families.   A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. All Sam and Claire need to do is look around the neighborhood: In the park, parents wither beneath the powerful screams of their children. At night, suburban side streets become routes of shameful escape for fathers trying to get outside the radius of affliction.   With Claire nearing collapse, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther, who laughs at her parents’ sickness, unaware that in just a few years she, too, will be susceptible to the language toxicity. But Sam and Claire find it isn’t so easy to leave the daughter they still love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a world beyond recognition.   The Flame Alphabet invites the question: What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love? Both morally engaged and wickedly entertaining, a gripping page-turner as strange as it is moving, this intellectual horror story ensures Ben Marcus’s position in the first rank of American novelists.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307379375 (030737937X)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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madbkwm
madbkwm rated it
So, I'm not sure how to digest this book. In some ways it was great: I loved the concept, I thought the overall way it played out was interesting (language as poison and children as immune, the development of quarantine sites and experimental labs, even the way that ultimately people could live in ...
Titles are so hard to come up with...
Titles are so hard to come up with... rated it
0.0 The Flame Alphabet
Made it to about page 50 and gave up...maybe some other time?
rionafaith
rionafaith rated it
I really struggled with how to rate this, because I was so ambivalent while reading it. There were sections I loved and sections that I really had to work to get through. The plot is so unique and such an interesting concept: an apocalyptic book in which the epidemic is language itself. Children's s...
Barrita
Barrita rated it
Imaginen una enfermedad rara cualquiera. Los síntomas no importan en realidad. Solo piensen, á la Dr. House, en la cantidad de estudios necesarios para diagnosticarla. Exámenes de todos los fluidos posibles. Imaginen todos los diagnosticos que pueden darse. Imaginen los factores que se les ocurriría...
Blogged Out Ma Nut
Blogged Out Ma Nut rated it
2.0
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