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JERUSALEM: 2018 Edition (English Edition) Format Kindle
The New York Times bestseller from the author of From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta finally appears in a one-volume paperback.
Begging comparisons to Tolstoy and Joyce, this “magnificent, sprawling cosmic epic” (Guardian) by Alan Moore—the genre-defying, “groundbreaking, hairy genius of our generation” (NPR)—takes its place among the most notable works of contemporary English literature.
In decaying Northampton, eternity loiters between tower blocks. Among saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a timeline unravels: second-century fiends wait in urine-scented stairwells, delinquent specters undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors, laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts singing hymns of wealth and poverty. They celebrate the English language, challenge mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon their slum as Blake’s eternal holy city in “Moore’s apotheosis, a fourth-dimensional symphony” (Entertainment Weekly).
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Employing, a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles that ranges from brutal social realism to extravagant children s fantasy, from the modern stage drama to the extremes of science fiction, Jerusalem s dizzyingly rich cast of characters includes the living, the dead, the celestial, and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite, comical, and heartbreaking splendor.
In these pages lurk demons from the second-century Book of Tobit and angels with golden blood who reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Vagrants, prostitutes, and ghosts rub shoulders with Oliver Cromwell, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce s tragic daughter Lucia, and Buffalo Bill, among many others. There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul s Cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church front, and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath toward the heat death of the universe.
An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth, poverty, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake s eternal holy city. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition hardcover.
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- ASIN : B07GPRDG8M
- Éditeur : Knockabout; Single Volume édition (25 septembre 2018)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 14585 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Non activée
- Word Wise : Non activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 1393 pages
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 250,824 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)
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I hope that is not the kiss of death in these days when Presidents can rule by tweet and Prime Ministers by Facebook Live; but this long book is a serious addition to literature.
In places almost fantasy, but a hair's breadth away from the real world. Biblical in structure - a number of interlinked books- and dealing with many of the same themes. The main philosophical theme is the age old dispute about determinism and free-will - no spoiler - do read the book. Or, as a philosophy tutor from my old College would write on essays, RTFB (sorry Mary).
From gritty realism and politics,to the sex-life of ghosts (or is it 'Townsmen of a stiller town'), and on to artistic technique, taking in a wide loop of the Nene through history . Connecting two centres of the world, but looking into the back parlour and the scullery. Solomon and Leopold Bloom rub shoulders on a trip to Bunhill Fields and back via Cirrus Minor.
There must be, wizn't there?, a connection between Bunhill Fields and the Boroughs - but perhaps only Upstairs.
The ending of the Book is truly magnificent - the genius of a line thrown away like a cheap lighter.
Thank you Mr Moore. Bravo.
Fantasies and illusions, facts and fictions, plays and poems, ghosts and demons, literary and historical figures, spouting nonsense or wisdom, trespass beyond the grave. Urchin-like, all-seeing children, telling their tales, drift invisibly between the worlds. Working class ethics, free market swindles, angels doing battle for souls. Drug-addled prostitutes, depraved and ruthless dealers, the devil is in an old Ford?
A surrealist’s study in English history?
A religious and political ode?
The ramblings of Enid Blyton during a mushroom phase?
Required reading for those of us just passing through?
Sometimes over descriptive and repetitive, it could have done with being a couple of hundred pages shorter, I often felt like putting it away. Yet it was always enlightening, and usually compelling, and I’d like to visit Northampton someday.
There is light and darkness throughout this sprawling novel and all shades in between. Jerusalem will stay with me for a long time.