Big Machine: A Novel Kindle Edition
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- Length: 386 pages
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Infused with the wonder of a disquieting dream and laced with Victor LaValle’s fiendish comic sensibility, Big Machine is a mind-rattling mystery about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.
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“LaValle is as much wry fabulist as he is dogged allegorist, and his flights of grim fancy are tethered by acute observations. He can be awfully funny, too. [His]devilish fable renders the visible world–of science, social hierarchies, and New York Times headlines–a load of cultish hooey.”
“Beautiful.” — Vanity Fair
“If Hieronymus Bosch and Lenny Bruce got knocked up by a woman with a large and compassionate heart, they might have brought forth Big Machine. But it is Victor LaValle's peculiar, poetic, rough and funny voice that brings it to us, alive and kicking and irresistible.”—Amy Bloom, author of the New York Times bestseller Away
“Big Machine is like nothing I’ve ever read, incredibly human and alien at the same time. LaValle writes like Gabriel Garcia Marquez mixed with Edgar Allen Poe, but this is even more than that. He’s written the first great book of the next America.”—Mos Def
“If the literary Gods mixed together Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison, and threw in several fistfuls of 21st century attitude, the result would be Victor LaValle. Big Machine is a wonderful, original, and crazy novel.” —Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector and About Grace
“Victor LaValle is one of the finest writers around—puzzling but never abstruse, compassionate but never pitying. With The Ecstatic, he produced one of my favorite novels of the decade, and now, with Big...
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- ASIN : B002JRQM5E
- Publisher : One World (July 31, 2009)
- Publication date : July 31, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1494 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #714,873 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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the characters within the story reminds me of stories by authors like isabel allende, early barbara kingsolver, and kurt vonnegut- all great writers with fantastic imaginations. not very ordinary characters. maybe they came from the pages of junot diaz and ended up in the world of kurt vonnegut. that is quite a journey. but a journey that makes sense, within the framework of this storyline.
some of the story is heartbreaking, some is funny, all of it is strange, but in a good way....the writer is a great writer, that is very clear. i am not sure how to underline in my kindle, but there were certain passages i wanted to underline because they were written so well; some of the thoughts were so profound, and so poetic.
if you don't understand this story at first, i'd say: go with it, and you will be rewarded. this is a very special book, and the writer, clearly a very special writer. i'm going to look up his other books.
i actually was reading something on a sci-fi book site about a writer who has a book coming out featuring a devil in an insane asylum. the book sounded interesting, and the article mentioned one of the author's earlier books, called "big machine". i remembered i'd bought a book with that name some time ago, in a kindle free or .99 offer, and i found it in my kindle. book #378 of #689. yes, i have accumulated quite a few books, to say the least. and most are of that price range- cheap to free. i started reading "big machine" and found myself captured by the main character, invested in what happens to him..... and then the story got stranger and stranger, but i held on....so glad i did.
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The characters, the storyline and the ideas were mostly rare or at least uncommon, especially the combination of all three. This made a refreshing change from most mainstream fiction I usually read, and I think that is what made it such an interesting and captivating read for me.
Hints of Murakami and Pynchon as janitor Ricky Rice gets a cryptic note in the post that refers to a traumatic event in his past. It has a nice, easy-going tone to it.
Bu then we're swiftly into secret libraries, paranormal investigations, religio-suicide cults, terrorism, drug addiction, alcoholism, serial killers, evil spirits, civil rights yadda yadda yadda. The whole nine yards and one more in case you hadn't taken your Ritalin.
The narrative line gets increasingly tortuous as we lurch from revelation to revelation, from one sensational event to another.
I hardly ever watch series like Dr. Who or Lost, but this novel felt like it had imbibed some of that kind of logic-free hyperactivity. Result - tedium.
Exuberance, all for it: but like the last American novel I read, 'The Brief History of the Dead', this one is overstuffed.