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Sam:

They were with us before Romeo & Juliet. And long after too. Because theyre forever around. Or so both claim, carolling gleefully:

Were allways sixteen.

Sam & Hailey, powered by an ever-rotating fleet of cars, from Model T to Lincoln Continental, career from the Civil War to the Cold War, barrelling down through the Appalachians, up the Mississippi River, across the Badlands, finally cutting a nation in half as they try to outrace History itself.

By turns beguiling and gripping, finally worldwrecking, Only Revolutions is unlike anything ever published before, a remarkable feat of heart and intellect, moving us with the journey of two kids, perpetually of summer, perpetually sixteen, who give up everything except each other.

Hailey:

They were with us before Tristan & Isolde. And long after too. Because theyre forever around. Or so both claim, gleefully carolling:

Were allways sixteen.

Hailey & Sam, powered by an ever-rotating fleet of cars, from Shelby Mustang to Sumover Linx, careen from the Civil Rights Movement to the Iraq War, tearing down to New Orleans, up the Mississippi River, across Montana, finally cutting a nation in half as they try to outrace History itself.

By turns enticing and exhilarating, finally breathtaking, Only Revolutions is unlike anything ever conceived before, a remarkable feat of heart and intellect, moving us with the journey of two kids, perpetually of summer, perpetually sixteen, who give up everything except each other.

Synopsis:

A pastiche of Joyce and Beckett, with heapings of Derrida's "Glas" and Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" thrown in for good measure, Danielewski's follow-up to "House of Leaves" is a similarly dizzying tour of the modernist and postmodernist heights--and a similarly impressive tour de force.

About the Author

Mark Z. Danielewski was born in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of House of Leaves.

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Rafael Lewis, February 10, 2014 (view all comments by Rafael Lewis)
For me, Only Revolutions was a revelation. It's format is non standard (a device that the author likes to explore in his work), and it can be read in a few different ways. I think the publisher suggests reading 8 pages, flipping the book and reading another 8, and then repeat.

Any thoughts about gimmickry dissolve as you become drawn into the work, and the format isn't the center piece. I see it as a way to get you to read the book differently than you've ever read a book before. And this book is not like any book you've read before.

The prose is very poetic and lyrical, sometimes presenting you with words that don't exist, yet strangely make some sort of sense within the world of the book. The story, while sometimes hard to follow in a linear "this happens that happens" sense, is beautiful, and feels timeless. I think it's more meant to be felt than intellectualized, and for me it was very emotionally impactful.

The book also seems to work its way into your day to day life when you are reading it. Rhymes jump out of mundane texts, patterns present themselves, and poetry seems be hiding in everything you read.

I can imagine this to be a frustrating experience if you go into the book expecting something conventional. If you've read House of Leaves, know this will be nothing like it.

But for those that are open to something new, a strange and beautiful thing waits for you in the pages. If you're anything like me, you may find an experience that you'll never forget.
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Jose Juarez, June 3, 2009 (view all comments by Jose Juarez)
Lame and incoherent. Whatever creative arstistic value the author was aiming for, HE MISSED!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375713903
Author:
Danielewski, Mark Z.
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.79 x 5.28 x 1 in 1.33 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A pastiche of Joyce and Beckett, with heapings of Derrida's "Glas" and Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" thrown in for good measure, Danielewski's follow-up to "House of Leaves" is a similarly dizzying tour of the modernist and postmodernist heights--and a similarly impressive tour de force.
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