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ISBN13: 9780977072385
ISBN10: 097707238x
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Fiction. PART OF THE WORLD is a fugue in both a musical and psychological sense. It is a canonical juggernaut of lyrical language--ever dissolving, devolving, shifting, then reconstituting itself into a new knowledge of reality. This language comes straight from a compulsive mind in a Quixotic state--ceaselessly harping on the everyday perturbations and peculiarities of our humdrum lives--our cars, apartments, health, finances. But if you relax your focus as if staring at some sort of holographic fractal, with each part containing the whole, the superficial meaning is purged, layer by layer, peeling back and revealing the subtext of what the mind is capable of under the burden of trauma and accountability. "Robert Lopez has written a darkly hilarious exploration of the trickery of memory, the unreliability of personal history, and the strangeness, even uncanniness, of our daily transactions"--Dawn Raffel. "Literary pleasures like this are all too uncommon"--Laird Hunt

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“Robert Lopez has written a darkly hilarious exploration of the trickery of memory, the unreliability of personal history, and the strangeness, even uncanniness, of our daily transactions. As we follow Lopez's hapless narrator about the business of trying to navigate his homely part of the world, we are made to reconsider our own well-mapped relations, the unhygienic corners of our homes.” —Dawn Raffel

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“The prose found in Robert Lopez’s new novel, Part of the World, is as flat as this piece of paper but as deep as the deepest well. The world this world is a part of is an affectless poetics planet caught in the black-hole gravity of a Stephen Dixon-esque free-falling narrative sink. Stranger than The Stranger, it is a relentless, droll, blinkless, book.” —Michael Martone

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“Reading Part of the World by Robert Lopez felt to me like standing in front of one of those marvelous, mind-bending exhibits at the Museum of Jurassic Technology that seem at first glance to be doing exactly nothing and at second glance to be dissolving and reconstituting reality as we thought we knew it. Literary pleasures like this are all too uncommon.” —Laird Hunt

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easyreeder, April 20, 2009 (view all comments by easyreeder)
Part of the World is full of trickery and dark humor. Manic, mindbinding, musical--and always masterful.
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johnchurns, March 19, 2007 (view all comments by johnchurns)
Wow! A truly great read.

This stunning book succeeds on many levels--as an engrossing story about the ill-fated yet near emotionless narrator, a study of memory and the tricks the mind plays,--I don't even know where to begin the praise. A jigsaw-like story with the complete puzzle picture kept tantalizingly just beyond the reader's reach, the book throws the reader into the daily chronicles of Lopez's narrator's life. Chronicles propelled by the unreliable mind of the narrator — a man unable to keep memories straight.

Part Of The World is a true tribute to the art of juggling. The non-linear movement of time and the constantly changing form of the narrator's memories create a delicate balancing act, which would've collapsed in the hands of a less talented writer. Lopez never loses track of his twisting narrative and ever changing memories, keeping all his balls in the air. It's a story you're not likely to forget and one that you will undoubtedly want to read again.

Although the book's "ending" does not provide a tidy little package complete with definitive answers, it packs an amazing pop when it does come, and will have you turning back to page 1 to read the book again with a wholly new perspective.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977072385
Publisher:
Calamari Press
Subject:
General Fiction
Author:
Lopez, Robert
Copyright:
Publication Date:
2007
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
182
Dimensions:
5 x 8 inches

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Part of the World
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Product details 182 pages CALAMARI PRESS - English 9780977072385 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Robert Lopez has written a darkly hilarious exploration of the trickery of memory, the unreliability of personal history, and the strangeness, even uncanniness, of our daily transactions. As we follow Lopez's hapless narrator about the business of trying to navigate his homely part of the world, we are made to reconsider our own well-mapped relations, the unhygienic corners of our homes.” —Dawn Raffel
"Review" by , “The prose found in Robert Lopez’s new novel, Part of the World, is as flat as this piece of paper but as deep as the deepest well. The world this world is a part of is an affectless poetics planet caught in the black-hole gravity of a Stephen Dixon-esque free-falling narrative sink. Stranger than The Stranger, it is a relentless, droll, blinkless, book.” —Michael Martone
"Review" by , “Reading Part of the World by Robert Lopez felt to me like standing in front of one of those marvelous, mind-bending exhibits at the Museum of Jurassic Technology that seem at first glance to be doing exactly nothing and at second glance to be dissolving and reconstituting reality as we thought we knew it. Literary pleasures like this are all too uncommon.” —Laird Hunt
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