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Bathing the Lionby Jonathan Carroll
Synopses & Reviews
In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these people know each other; some dont.
When they wake the next day all of them know what has happened. All five were at one time “mechanics,” a kind of cosmic repairman whose job is to keep order in the universe and clean up the messes made both by sentient beings and the utterly fearsome yet inevitable Chaos that periodically rolls through, wreaking mayhem wherever it touches down—a kind of infinitely powerful, merciless tornado. Because the job of a mechanic is grueling and exhausting, after a certain period all of them are retired and sent to different parts of the cosmos to live out their days as "civilians." Their memories are wiped clean and new identities are created for them that fit the places they go to live out their natural lives to the end.
For the first time all retired mechanics are being brought back to duty: Chaos has a new plan, and it's not looking good for mankind...
"Carroll (The Ghost in Love) drenches prosaic modern life with horrifying surrealism in this hallucinatory contemporary myth, which mingles terror and awe with family strife. Unhappy couple Dean and Vanessa inexplicably share a dream with Kasper, Vanessa's lover, and Jane, her employer. Brought together by grieving widower Bill and the mysterious child Josephine, Dean and company discover that they were once celestial mechanics, fixing the universe's mistakes, before their minds were wiped. With chaos splintering reality, reversing time, and swallowing other Fixers, these emotionally scarred agents must return to the fight against ravenous entropy. Cosmic conspiracies, paranoia, and awe are grounded in the everyday, the impossible made probable by Carroll's authoritative wordplay. Flawed characters struggle with identity and love, selfishness and fear, in a world where wonder can always be found in the mundane. This lyrical and thematically rich novel is not to be underestimated." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
JONATHAN CARROLL has written eighteen novels and lives in Vienna.
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