- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing; Auflage: 1 (November 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0747587329
- ISBN-13: 978-0747587323
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,7 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 42.089 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
People of Paper (Englisch) Taschenbuch – November 2007
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'A stunning debut by a once-in-a-generation talent. I don't know of a young American writer more original, innovative or intense than Salvador Plascencia. The People of Paper is harrowing and gorgeous, experimental in the truest sense: it creates new means to explore essential and timeless emotional subjects' George Saunders 'Original, strange and beautifully written ... affecting and spellbinding reading' The Times 'The People of Paper is a novel like no other, emerging from the chrysalis of magic and imagination to create a world of letters that seeps back into the world we know and then metamorphoses into something else altogether. Calvino, Borges and Garcia Marquez will come to mind, but Plascencia's novel is a creature of its own, firmly grounded and soaring at the same time' T. C. Boyle 'Plascencia has stitched together an American patchwork quilt that will enchant all readers' Financial Times
Amidst disillusioned saints hiding in wrestling rings, mothers burnt by glowing halos, and a Baby Nostradamus who sees only blackness, a gang of flower pickers heads off to war, led by a lonely man who cannot help but wet his bed in sadness. Part memoir, part lies, this is a book about the wounds inflicted by first love and sharp objects.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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If this sounds odd, it is. This is a very odd book. But here's the thing: this novel also defies any expectation you might bring to it. It can be classified as post-modern as it is full of self-reference, but where so many post-modern novels feel cold and distant, THE PEOPLE OF THE PAPER is full of warmth and deep emotion. Plascencia weaves the fantastic with the absurd with the humorous with the heartfelt to create a portrayal of the human condition that is at once universal and unique.
I read this novel seven years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. Indeed, it has haunted me, its imagery and emotional heft coming back to me again and again. I read a lot of novels but few have such a lasting effect. I don't know of a higher praise for a book.
Through use of magical realism, Plascencia places us in the middle of a fight between: the author; his characters; and his real world friends. And the author and real world friends are also characters in the book. Or the characters are real and the author + friends are characters. Or something like that. Or not.
My recommendation: 1. Read the book. 2. YOU try to describe it to someone (other than saying "Trust me. You'll like it." 3. Be very, very wary of turtles.
Trust me. You'll like it.
Author Plascencia is a fountain of creativity, but he is also repetitive and sometimes too clever. It is hard to really connect with the characters because the characters are too busy fighting a war with the author to develop themselves as three dimensional persons. They remain, mostly, people of paper.
The book is like a combination of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and James Joyce. It's intriguing, but hard to read, and hard to assimilate. It is a most novel novel. I recommend it but not for everyone. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.