Jerusalem

Jerusalem

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. 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 and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, 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."--
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781631491344
1631491342
Branch Call Number: FIC MOORE, ALAN
Characteristics: 1266 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm

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adamkeely
May 30, 2017

I agree with the previous reviewer almost entirely.

The book is staggering, but it makes the reader work for it.

Honestly, though, it's one of the most amazing books ever written. As an author, Moore adds in so many levels to what he's trying to do that it's a feat just to go through it all and realize what he's done. Jerusalem is the first book of the modern age that is more than just a book, it is truly more like a work of art.

I feel truly sorry for the next book I read, Jerusalem is an impossible act to follow.

JohnK_KCMO Feb 20, 2017

This book is too many things to sum up succinctly. As one review stated: it's more a work of art than a novel. It's definitely not for everyone. It's complex, it's one of the most challenging works I've ever read, and it's exceedingly frustrating. It demands tremendous effort on the part of the reader. But there are rich rewards if you're willing to put in the work. It's also one of the most deeply masterful works of the modern era.

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