BSAofRuthless, March 20, 2007 (view all comments by BSAofRuthless)
I rarely enjoy contemporary authors, but this book was by far one of the best I've read. Czhchlewski spins a beautifully crafted web of obsession, anxiety, love and ambiguity that holds his readers and his characters in flux until the very last page. This story holds points of interest for everybody, including bits of mythology, philosophy, and even fairy tales. Amazing read, I hope everyone takes the time to at the very least peruse this fantastic debut novel.
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Sado_Erotique, March 14, 2007 (view all comments by Sado_Erotique)
Not only does this fascinating read keep you glued to your chair, but it also makes you think. "The muse asylum" is an enthrancing story of love, madness and a quest for truth that can be understood on a deeper level as well - after all, aren't we all looking for truth in our lives?
Moving, both dead serious and hilariously funny, Czuchlewski has hereby established himself as an autor to be watched.
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by Kirkus Reviews,
"[B]rilliant....Czuchlewski keeps us guessing throughout an elegantly crafted psychological thriller....A fabulous debut. Look for big things from this new writer. He's the genuine article."
by New Orleans Times-Picayune,
"The Muse Asylum is this summer's must read for all those who love truly literary thrillers."
by The Wall Street Journal,
"[A] cleverly devised, sharply composed, entertaining and moving first novel. Mr. Czuchlewski deftly creates vivid environments in quick strokes....And, crucially, he peoples these places with affecting characters, who seem to live on even after his tale's last twist has been turned."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"The Muse Asylum succeeds in establishing [Czuchlewski] as a new writer to be watched."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[A] daring, self-consciously literary debut....[A] stylish, assured and gripping work of fiction....[W]ell plotted, with nuanced characters and real intellectual heft. Czuchlewski is a writer to watch."
by Ed Halloran, Rocky Mountain News,
"Simply put, this is a brilliant book, one of the best I've read in many years."
by Joyce Carol Oates,
"The Muse Asylum is an ingeniously plotted postmodernist mystery that introduces a young writer of exceptional gifts. David Czuchlewski writes with imagination, vision, and style."
by Jonathan Kellerman,
"The Muse Asylum is a stylish, psychologically acute, and altogether captivating tale of madness and obsession. A grand debut."
by Jana Siciliano, BookReporter.com,
"Czuchlewski's prose is perfection. Every line is clean and crisp and...well, for lack of a better word, perfect. The Muse Asylum...is a twisting, turning, whirling dervish of a story. You will barely be able to put it down once you have started."
In this breath-snatching first novel of love, madness and artistic identity, a young genius's obsession with a reclusive writer consumes those around him, as they begin to learn the dark truths that lurk beneath the surface of the relationship.
What is Horace Jacob Little trying to hide? No one knows much about the great modern author except that he is a complete recluse. In this electrifying debut novel, three recent college graduates are trying to uncover the mysterious writer's real identity: Jake Burnett, a young reporter and fan who wants to make his reputation by unmasking the legend; Andrew Wallace, a psychologically disturbed genius who is convinced that Little is plotting against him; and Lara Knowles, the girl they both love. Their investigation leads them into a twisted game of reflections and reversals in which each seems to be pursuing the other and the truth becomes blurred. As Andrew becomes increasingly distraught and potentially dangerous, the quest for the author threatens to unhinge everyone involved.
"The Muse Asylum is an ingeniously plotted postmodernist mystery that introduces a young writer of exceptional gifts. David Czuchlewski writes with imagination, vision, and style." (Joyce Carol Oates)
"[A] cleverly devised, sharply composed, entertaining and moving first novel. Mr. Czuchlewski deftly creates vivid environments in quick strokes. . . . And, crucially, he peoples these places with affecting characters, who seem to live on even after his tale's last twist has been turned." (The Wall Street Journal)
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