Taking a hard look at the consequences of ignoring the rhythms found in nature, this novel focuses on Jubal Siner-an all-knowing antihero who offers freedom from the idea of redemption. Stylistically at home with Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor, this brooding work puts a twist on classic American literature by delving into a fascinating world of dark magical realism.
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John Gist is the author of Crowheart.From Booklist:
In a dark and dense allegory, rife with gods and demons, Gist explores the myth and mystery inherent in the American West. His spare prose perceptively captures the stark imagery of high-desert wastelands, whose brutal beauty isolates and influences his protagonist, a renegade drifter aptly named Jubal Siner. Jubal's voice, at times as scintillating with poetic edginess as it is shocking with barbaric disdain, dispassionately relates his sociopathic alienation and picaresque quest for a mystical god, half man-half beast, that he witnessed as a child. The specter fittingly embodies Jubal's own deformed and demented persona, for in his wake lies a rash of implied murders of roommates, friends, even the husband of a casual lover. Three women serve as Jubal's muses, or perhaps his Furies, revealing both his tale and their own through stories haplessly bereft and horrifyingly abject. Though Gist's juxtaposition of oblique observations of contemporary consumerism threatens to reduce his mordant philosophies to bathetic bushwa, his characterizations manage to evoke a disturbing portrait of an iconoclastic culture. Carol Haggas
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Book Description High Sierra Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Review Copy. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0971548242