Synopses & Reviews
There's a war going on between the earth and the sky, but that doesn't stop Parsifal, a humble fountain-pen repairman, from revisiting the forest where he was raised. On his journey, Parsifal--a wise fool if there ever was one--encounters several librarians, a therapist, numerous blind people, and Misty, a beautiful woman who may well be under the influence of recreational drugs. Head-spinning and hilarious, Parsifal is a book like no other about the entanglement of the past and present, as well as the limitations of the future.
"Krusoe's latest (after Toward You) is a self-reflective coming-of-age story wrapped in a fable and sprinkled with wry observations. Parsifal was raised in the forest and, though he lives in town as an adult, he's perpetually called back to his roots, both physically and through memories of an ideal childhood with his mother and father. A 'war' is underway, between the Earth and the Sky, with microwave ovens, bicycles, and other random objects plummeting to the ground; Earth responds by filling the sky with toxic ash and smoke. Parsifal's story unfolds as a series of nuggets, observations, encounters, biographical facts, and frequently ironic one-line codas such as: 'What is the sound of sadness creeping into his heart?' Motifs run through the shaggy plot: pens, fire, birds, relationships with librarians. Outrageous developments are relayed with deadpan irony, as when Parsifal's father believes that his oversexed secretary's short, tight suit is 'well within the limits of good taste.' With a passive hero at its core, Parsifal becomes a piquant commentary on tensions between nostalgia and reality, the past and the present, and humanity's need for myths. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Head-spinning and hilarious, Parsifal is a book like no other about the entanglement of the past and present, as well as the limitations of the future.
About the Author
Jim Krusoe is the author of the novels Parsifal, Toward You, Erased, Girl Factory, and Iceland; two collections of stories; and five books of poetry. His stories and poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Bomb, the Chicago Review, the Denver Quarterly, the American Poetry Review, and other publications. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund.