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Core: A Romance


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jannishboy, March 30, 2013 (view all comments by jannishboy)
This is a serious work of fiction, not to be breezed through lightly with the expectation that no intellectual engagement is required of the reader. People should be studying Kassten Alonso in college courses. His style of writing and choice of themes, and the way he handles this story, are all original and noteworthy. This is a very, very promising first work by a clearly gifted author. It's a hell of a story. We should be proud of him in Portland.
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rwl12, April 25, 2007 (view all comments by rwl12)
Awful, awful, awful. Beyond bad. Beyond words. Have since actually seen this author at an event and thought he was really disrespectful and rude even though I was seated fairly far away. I just don't get this book and couldn't get through it at all.
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zenithblue, June 26, 2006 (view all comments by zenithblue)
Beautiful, heartbreaking story told in incredible prose--the writing works the way Virginia Woolf's does in that it actually creates the internal and external world of the protagonist rather than describing it from a distance. The experience is harrowing--we are taken directly into a profound isolation, the unhinged subjectivity of someone lost to the world, and yet still distressingly human. If you like modernist prose, classical themes, and a savage contemporary intelligence, this book is absolutely for you.
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Sunshine, May 7, 2006 (view all comments by Sunshine)
Didn't like the writing style. It was confusing trying to figure out whether it was in his imagination or was actually happening.
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Alonso, Kassten
Hawthorne Books
Mentally ill
Male friendship
General Fiction
Psychological fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Product details 208 pages Hawthorne Books - English 9780971691575 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Jump through this gothic stained-glass window and you are in for some serious investigation of darkness and all of its deadly sins. But take heart, brave traveler, the adventure will prove thrilling. For you are in the beautiful hands of Kassten Alonso."
"Review" by , "Romance is too limiting a word to describe the content of this book, which is the manifestation of some more powerful and tangled compulsions, more reckless ambitions."
"Review" by , "A novel of considerable daring and precision. In finely worked language, Kassten Alonso explores the border between Hell and the everyday, finding it closer than we might have hoped. A dense, surprising, beautifully worked novel."
"Review" by , "Kassten Alonso takes the reader on a wild ride inside the mind of a profoundly disturbed man as he descends into madness and violence. A beautifully written book. Impossible to put down."
"Review" by , "Kassten Alonso's amazing Core will startle you. A fierce story that actually taught me to read it as I went deeper and deeper — it's as if this book is written in a rich, beautiful language I'd once known and somehow forgotten. I'm happy and terrified to have it back."
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